Luisa Furstenberg

Luisa Furstenberg

Service Learning Coordinator


Food & Friends

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First I thought I wanted to be a teacher because I was always interested in working with youth
taught informally cooking and nutrition classes to DC high schooler's in an After School Program
realized that I was into food and nutrition so I got a job that makes and delivers meals to people
am starting to realize that I might want to go to graduate school for nutrition/ food studies
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Central High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Sociology: Race and Ethnic Studies
Clark University
Career

Career

Service Learning Coordinator

I organize youth groups to volunteer with my organization as well as teach them about HIV/AIDS

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Food
Food
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

In the morning I am packing red thermal bags with meals for our clients. I am orienting and checking in volunteers who will be volunteering. I may also be running a Service Learning activity to a school group volunteered about HIV/AIDS, nutrition or other public health issues. I am also responding to many emails scheduling and coordinating groups to come in and get involved. On special days I go out into the community to fairs, events to get people involved with our organization.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Inter-personal skills, public speaking, thinking on your feet, handling uncomfortable or stressful situations. Interacting with very diverse populations on a day to day basis. Customer service, friendliness, organization, engaging community partners and retention rate of volunteers, creating dynamic and engaging activities for youth on public health issues.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

I do not think that your undergraduate degree means too much when it comes to working in social service. I learned about people and demographics of cities but that did not teach me the skills for my job. What is more important is your experiences, whether it be volunteering or other jobs you have. Volunteer, intern or get jobs in the line of work that interests you to truly gain experience and see first hand if that work interests you.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Sociology: Race and Ethnic Studies
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I am never going to make any money working in social service in the non-profit world"