Arizona Neighborhood Transformation, 2013-2014; Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, 2014-2015
What’s your story?
In my last day of class on my last day of college at ASU, the former CEO of Public Allies happened to be a guest speaker. As he spoke about the program and its values, it felt as though everything aligned with both my personal beliefs and the work that I wanted to do. I applied immediately, and then enjoyed it so much that I did a second year of the program. I’m now pursuing my Masters of Social Work at Boston College.
What did your nonprofit work look like?
At Arizona Neighborhood Transformation, I was a Community Developer placed in Guadalupe. I was trained in Asset Based Community Development and oversaw a bi-weekly tutoring program for 25-30 youth and developed and implemented a children’s summer program. I managed the volunteers for both programs. At Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, I worked with unaccompanied migrant youth in the Casa de Sueños program. I coordinated volunteers to provide over 1,000 hours of service, conducted a youth board for them to participate in activity planning, and escorted the youth for family reunification.
What did you do for your service projects?
In total, I worked on 4 service projects in my two terms. During my second term, I coached a team of Allies to develop a project in partnership with Neighborhood Ministries. They created a multimedia gallery showcasing the obstacles and accomplishments of first-generation college students. The gallery utilized video, audio, photographic, and infographic representations of stories gathered from students, and was highlighted in a gallery opening event organized by the team.
What was your favorite training and learning?
The article, “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” was used as an introduction into conversations on privilege and power. We read the same article in one of my Masters of Social Work courses. In class, I missed the open, honest, and safe discussion that accompanied it with Public Allies, where we had our chairs in a circle and tackled the subject as a community head-on.
Looking back, what are you most proud of?
The relationships built within the cohorts that I served in. I’ve seen us continually support each other as we move forward in the work of building community.