Your Role: Development and Communications Intern
Background: As a former foster youth who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, I have engaged in fundraising and advocacy programs since I was a teenager. I found a passion in direct service, and have typically served at-risk youth within educational and recreational programming. With experience in outdoor education, summer camps, and after-school enrichment, I joined AmeriCorps in 2018, packed my things into my car, and moved to Walla Walla, Washington to serve. My term provided me with foundational training and experience in trauma-sensitive schools and trauma-informed care, and I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to provide classroom intervention and build relationships with students who were struggling within the educational system. After completing my service, I moved to Seattle and have taken on several leadership positions and advocacy opportunities within the community.
Why you like working at NFYI: While I love working face-to-face with youth, I have a passion and love for empowering others to share their stories and make long-lasting change. NFYI has such a powerful impact and mission, and it is an incredible gift to be a part of that and help others realize their power and potential.
Passions: I aspire to attend law school and work to advocate for policy reform. I have also learned through my travel and my involvement with NFYI that there are so many communities that are lacking programs that engage and empower foster youth. I want to start a nonprofit that engages at-risk youth in recreational programming, building positive relationships with adults and providing a sense of community. I hope for this nonprofit to also provide youth with the opportunity to share their story and engage in advocacy.
Hobbies: hiking, reading, traveling, being a dog mom
Fun personal fact: Though I was 4 inches too short to play Volleyball for a college team, I play competitively for other adult leagues 3+ times a week.