Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
When I was in middle school, I was in after-school programming run by AmeriCorps members.
I continued to work with them in high school, and knew I wanted to do a year of service like them.
In college, I didn't know what to major in, so I explored classes and chose sociology/politics.
I participated in many clubs, service events, and travel opportunities to figure out my passions.
After graduating, I worked for a year as an intern in the community service office at my school.
I moved to DC to do a service year with AmeriCorps VISTA tutoring elementary kids.
I got a 1 year position as the Eli Segal Fellow at CNCS, the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps.
Because of my work with all types of service organizations, I got a position at Service Year.
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Career

Manager, Career & Education Pathways

I help connect work done by young people during a service year to career and education opportunities.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Education
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

Every day, I work on securing partnerships that will put service year members on their desired career or education paths after serving. I might have a meeting with an organization we are working with, or maybe a team meeting to brainstorm new ideas, or I might browse the internet for new career-connection opportunities. Sometimes I get to go to conferences or presentations to hear from other professionals about how they are working to connect young people to 21st century skills and better jobs.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

I think that there is a lot of pressure for high schoolers to go to college right away, even if they aren't sure what they want to do. I believe that taking some time off (like doing a service year!!) can help you figure out yourself more and what you might want to do or how you are as a learner. Taking time to figure out what you truly want will make your college experience (if you decide that path) so much better. And, a year of service at any time could lead to a career path like mine!

Recommended Education

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

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"Community service is great, but when are you going to get a real job? How are you going to make money?"

Challenges I Overcame

Financial