A Video Message from John Fish ’55 and Chet Safian ’55

John Fish '55 and Chet Safian '55

We recently spoke with John Fish ’55 and Chet Safian ’55 about the impact and growth of the Project 55 Fellowship Program, and their hopes for the future of Princeton AlumniCorps. Click here to view a short video message from Chet and John!

John Fish is the founder of what is now called the Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program (it began as the Public Interest Program). John still lives in Chicago, where more than 300 interns and fellows have been placed. John has served on the Board many times throughout the years, and he was just elected as Board Chair on October 1.

Chet Safian expanded and led the Project 55 Fellowship Program in New York City, where more than 350 interns and fellows have been placed. Chet also founded The Alumni Network, which helps to create and support alumni-driven organizations modeled on ours. There are currently 28 TAN affiliates, and they have placed more than 700 interns and fellows this year.

This year, 54 Project 55 fellows are serving at 44 public interest organizations in seven U.S. cities. They join a growing cadre of more than 1,300 alumni of the program.  In addition to the Project 55 Fellowship Program, AlumniCorps’ two new programs – Emerging Leaders and Community Volunteers – provide opportunities for alumni of all ages to put their passions to work in the public interest. To learn more about each of these programs, please visit www.alumnicorps.org.

How Does Princeton AlumniCorps Achieve Our Mission?

Princeton AlumniCorps envisions a day when all Princeton graduates will embrace civic involvement as their responsibility as alumni and citizens, throughout their lives. To that end, we provide alumni with opportunities, training, and support needed to put their energies to work addressing significant social issues.

Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program

  • 54 PP55 fellows are serving at 44 public interest organizations this year.
  • In total, alumni of the program now number more than 1,300.
  • Fellows are currently serving in seven geographic areas: Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Philadelphia, New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC.
  • About 10% of the senior class applies for a PP55 fellowship each year.

 

 

 

 

Emerging Leaders

  • Princeton AlumniCorps’ newest initiative, launched in June 2011 in Washington, DC.
  • A 10-month professional development program designed to transform young nonprofit professionals into the sector’s future leaders.
  • First class of 11 participants are alumni of the PP55 program, Princeton, and other institutions.
  • The program curriculum interweaves the development of leadership, management, and hard nonprofit skills with mentoring, peer support, and networking within the sector.
  • Emerging Leaders put their learning into action by designing and executing projects that generate real results for their organizations.

 

Community Volunteers

  • The Community Volunteers program connects alumni from the classes of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s to innovative civic engagement opportunities.
  • Volunteers offer nonprofits cost-free access to professional expertise while nonprofit partners offer alumni opportunities to serve their communities in a truly meaningful way.
  • Community Volunteers matches alumni with such opportunities as service on nonprofit boards, pro bono work addressing specific organizational needs, individual volunteer matching, and more.

 

 

 

The Alumni Network

  • The Alumni Network (TAN) helps other groups of college alumni to organize programs modeled on our example.
  • Affiliates include more than 30 public interest programs at colleges and universities across the country (e.g. at Harvard, Dartmouth and Stanford), including some working abroad.
  • Taken together, TAN affiliates have placed more than 7,000 interns and fellows since the Network was formed.
  • In many of our cities, we work with TAN affiliates and host joint seminars and social gatherings, to connect fellows with an extensive community of nonprofit professionals.

Click here to get involved!

Dick Turner ’55, former Board Member and Officer, dies

 

Dick Turner, 79, of Cape May, New Jersey, died peacefully on Friday, September 9, following a battle with cancer. For the many staff members, Board members, classmates, and alums who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Dick, he will be remembered as a gifted writer (our Board scribe for many years), an art historian,  and an avid environmentalist, with a wry sense of humor and a warm heart.

Mr. Turner was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1932, and received bachelor’s, master of fine arts, and PhD degrees from Princeton University.  He was a Fulbright scholar, and held a number of academic appointments during his career.  He was an instructor in fine arts at the University of Michigan, professor of art and archaeology at Princeton University, dean of the faculty and professor of fine arts at Middlebury College, and president of Grinnell College.  He finished his career at New York University, where he held a number of positions, including director of the Institute of Fine Arts, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences, professor of fine arts, director of the New York Institute of Humanities, and the Paulette Goddard professor chair in arts and humanities.

Mr. Turner was a Leonardo da Vinci scholar, an expert on the Florentine Renaissance, and the author of a number of books, including Vision of Landscape in Renaissance Italy; Art of Florence; Inventing Leonardo; Renaissance Florence: The Invention of a New Art; and, La Pietra:  Florence, a Family, and a Villa.

He was very active in a number of organizations, serving on the board of directors of New Jersey Audubon and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.  He was a member of the College Art Association, the Century Association, Phi Beta Kappa, and Princeton Project 55.

Photography and birding were two of Mr. Turner’s greatest passions.   He honed his skills as an amateur photographer over the years, and was an avid bird watcher and devoted to the Cape May Bird Observatory, where he volunteered countless hours and made many friends.
In addition to his wife Jane of 56 years, Mr. Turner is survived by sons Louis (Barb) of Minneapolis, MN, and David (Robin) of Sarasota, FL; a sister Betsy Turner of Newfoundland, PA; grandchildren Chase, Mills, Melley, Lark, Alexander, and Garrett; and step-grandchildren Emma and Alex.

His kind and generous spirit will be missed by everyone who knew him.

In lieu of flowers , donations may be made in Mr. Turner’s name to New Jersey Audubon, 9 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ, 07924, or at njaudubon.org.

A memorial for family and friends will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Cape May Bird Observatory, 600 Route 47 North (Delsea Drive), Cape May Courthouse, NJ.

 

Mike Castro ’76: Helping Students Succeed

Many alumni have found ways to give back since leaving Princeton: class projects, days of service and volunteer activities of all kinds are regularly undertaken by hundreds of alumni annually. Michael Castro ’76 wanted to do more. When he saw the lack of access to one on one tutors and individual attention many of his ESL students at North Plainfield High School faced, Mike decided to address the problem. Starting in 2004, he began gathering a library of reading materials and reaching out to students and volunteers, often peers.

Mike’s goal was to improve the reading and writing skills of his students, and to provide an emotional support structure for a group of learners who might otherwise be left behind. These efforts brought in 8 volunteers who tutored 80+ students over 4 years, allowing more than a few students to experience what Mike called an ‘a-ha!’ moment. “More than any one thing”, Mike says, “it was the lots of little moments when you could tell something was clicking.”

Several of Mike’s students have stand-out success stories. One student went from needing a tutor to being on the Honor Roll. Another said that the tutoring sessions were the first time she had ever read for pleasure. In the process, he also developed a system that can be easily adopted by any school or community. Mike says: “I want to share this wherever it can be of use. This is as emotional as it is academic, it lets these kids know someone cares about their success.”

If you would like to learn more about Mike’s model, and how you can help students in your community succeed, he can be reached via email at mpcastro@earthlink.net.

Calling all PP55 Alumni to Participate!

A few PP55 alums share why they give to AlumniCorps

Thanks to those who have donated, we are just 26 gifts away from reaching an alumni participation rate of 15% by June 30! Calling all PP55 alums: if you haven’t already, please donate now! Whether $5, $55, or $555, every gift raises participation and helps AlumniCorps to grow our programs.

View this video (left) to hear the stories of a few of the 160+ alumni who have already shown their support, and make your own gift today!