Regional Updates for February 2017

2017 Regional Map of Princeton AlumniCorps Project 55 programs

Bay Area

On November 3 the area committee hosted a wine and cheese reception with AlumniCorps Executive Director Andrew Nurkin, Board President Kef Kasdin ’85, and Board Member Leesy Taggart ’78. Current and former fellows, mentors, and area committee members had the opportunity to meet one another, learn more about AlumniCorps’ organizational goals and plans for the future, and to engage new volunteers in supporting the fellowship program.

Committee members also hosted a workshop on December 7 for Project 55 Fellows about “managing up,” facilitated by May Mark, a former Emerging Leader and Project Manager at OneUni. In the session attendees defined “managing up,” learned strategies to manage up effectively, and worked through real-life challenges in peer-to-peer consultancies.

Bay Area Project 55 fellows at the ‘Managing Up’ workshop on December 7.
The ‘Managing Up’ workshop was facilitated by May Mark, a former Emerging Leaders fellow and Project Manager at OneUni.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston

Supported by the Pace Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton University, Breakout Princeton is a student-driven alternative break program that encourages engagement with domestic social issues through immersion in communities. Breakout Princeton students who visited Boston were invited to attend a mixer with Boston Project 55 Fellows on November 3.

 

The Breakout Princeton students spoke about exploring the impact of the 2008 recession on low-income neighborhoods in Boston. The Project 55 Fellows shared their thoughts on their current positions, and why they chose to do a Project 55 fellowship after graduation.

The Boston Area Committee also hosted a gathering with the fellows in December to celebrate the first half of their fellowship year and the holidays. Current Project 55 fellow Nina Narayanan ’16‘s hard work was featured in AlumniCorps’ December appeal and blog.

The Committee has a very exciting series of seminars coming up at the Boston University School of Public Health. The first is an all-day symposium on how public health can take a leadership role in mitigating social determinants of health including race, class, disability, and gender. The second is a lecture by a Princeton professor, Eldar Shafir, on decision-making in contexts of poverty and on the application of behavioral research to policy.

Chicago

Recent seminars hosted in Chicago have included the Chicago Area Committee’s annual panel with former fellows, including Chelsea Mayo ’14 and Andrew Kinaci ’10, to help Project 55 fellows navigate life after their fellowship— whether they stay on with their organization, attend graduate school, or transition to another career. At the end of 2016, fellows also attended a dynamic and timely seminar hosted by Sharon Fairley ’82, a Princeton alumna and current chief administrator of the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) in Chicago.

In December, Project 55 Fellows joined fellows from Northwestern’s and University of Chicago’s Public Interest Program for a holiday party at the Galway Arms. Virginia Midkiff ’16, current fellow at National Equity Fund said, “I enjoyed this week’s seminar at the Chicago Legal Clinic. The speaker, Mr. Ed Grossman, was incredibly inspiring. It was clear that he’d made it his life’s work to meet people where they’re at, and to respond to the specific needs of various Chicago neighborhoods and the community as a whole.”

 New Jersey

On January 28, 2017 the NJ Fellows, Kelsey Jane-Ritsch ’16, Aliisa Lee ’16, and Maya Wahrman ’16 drove to Philadelphia to visit Sahana Jayaraman ’16, who is serving her fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. They explored Penn Treaty Park and Fishtown where they took in some beautiful views, fun hipster shops and streets, cute bakeries, and delicious Mexican food. These young women have proclaimed themselves “the tightest Project 55 corps around!”

On February 2 the NJ Area Committee hosted a gathering at the residence of a Committee member in Jersey City. Fourteen attendees learned about AlumniCorps’ new strategic vision from Kef Kasdin ’85, President of AlumniCorps. Area Committee volunteer Marsha Rosenthal ’76 commented, “The conversation was lively, and Kef’s talk was right on target.”

New York City

On November 3, the NYC Area Committee hosted a Press and Politics seminar. In the days leading up to the election, Judith Hole Suratt s’55 moderated a panel discussion with journalists to discuss the role and responsibilities of media in politics. The three panelists were: Kathleen McCleery (award-winning broadcast journalist who has worked for PBS and NBC, currently a visiting professor at Princeton, teaching a course on “Politics and the Media”); Jack Holmes (assistant editor at Esquire.com, experienced in digital writing); and Bill Plante (retired reporter who has been a White House correspondent and State Department correspondent for CBS)

On January 19, the Committee hosted a seminar at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. The seminar’s key speakers were the Center’s executive director, Dr. Angela Diaz and Dr. Matt Oransky. They focused on the work that the Center does to address mental health.

On November 13, Committee members and current fellows went ice skating in Bryant Park. Then, on December 15, Victoria Lee ’16 hosted a holiday party for current Project 55 fellows, mentors, and Emerging Leaders. In addition, AlumniCorps president Kef Kasdin ’85 and Ry Beck from 12 Stockton staff, were in attendance.

On January 27, the social committee organized a group of Project 55 fellows to visit the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and take advantage of Free Admission Fridays.

Washington, DC

The Washington, DC Area Committee hosted two panels for Project 55 fellows: Anne Goldstein ’79, AlumniCorps board member and Human Rights Education Director for the International Association of Women Judges, spoke about women’s rights. Retired Ambassador Tom Graham ’55 spoke about careers in government. The Project 55 fellows were joined by University of Chicago Public Interest Program fellows. The committee also hosted a holiday happy hour at a local restaurant for the Project 55 fellows and their mentors.

Be sure to follow AlumniCorps on Facebook at facebook.com/AlumniCorps to see photos from regional events!

Regional Updates for September 2016

Region Map 2016

AlumniCorps currently operates in seven regions across the country. Our local area committees recruit and match mentors, organize social events and seminars, and serve as guides to fellows navigating a new city. If you are interested in volunteering, please email info@alumnicorps.org.

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In the Bay Area, Colby Hyland ’16 and Ramie Rathy ’16 were placed at UCSF. Here they’re gathered with other fellows at the Bay Area kick off event, August 2016

Bay Area: We had an orientation and welcome dinner for fellows in August, in which former fellows Amantia Muhedini and Abigail Kelly lead a workshop session to brainstorm and discuss their overall goals and hopes for the year. All fellows attended and it was a great way to kick off the year. This month, we are hosting a behind-the-scenes experience at the San Francisco Opera. Fellows and mentors have been invited to a dress rehearsal of the opera, “Don Pasquale,” and will have a Q&A session with SF Opera Artistic Planning Manager, Sean Waugh.

Boston: We welcomed the new fellows to city by hosting a happy hour with the Princeton regional association. It was a success and many of our former and current fellows attended. We’ll have a welcome event for the fellows on Cape Cod, hosted generously by committee member Tom Flynn. There’ll be an informal BBQ where we’ll talk about the expectations for the year, followed by some fun activities around the Cape.

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PP55 kick off event in Chicago. Fellows, mentors, and volunteers all gathered on August 28, 2016

Chicago: On Sunday, August 28th, we hosted an orientation retreat for our incoming fellows. PP55 Mentor Carol Obertubbesing ‘73 introduced the fellows to the city’s history from the vantage point of the Chicago River on a Chicago Architecture Foundation boat cruise! Sherry Holland led the mentors through their own orientation program, sharing tips for connecting to their mentees. Afterwards, fellows and mentors met up for dinner at the home of Sally and Vince Anderson ‘65.

On August 31st, fellows from PP55 and the University of Chicago and Northwestern Public Interest Programs (PIP) came together for a “PIP-nic” in Millennium Park. Our seminar series kicked off on Wednesday, September 8th, covering topics like public interest, asset-based community development, and workforce development.

Michael Moorin ’16 (left); Joelle Deleveaux '16 (center); and Shira Cohen '16 (right) at the Washington DC PP55 kick off event in August 2016.
Michael Moorin ’16 (left); Joelle Deleveaux ’16 (center); and Shira Cohen ’16 (right) at the Washington DC PP55 kick off event in August 2016.

Washington, DC: We recently hosted a kick-off event to introduce our new committee members and determine participants’ interest in topics/ideas for this year’s programming. This event was hosted by our area committee advisor, Tonya Miles and was attended my P55 fellows, Emerging Leaders, mentors, and alums. While at CityBridge, Joelle Deleveaux is exploring potential solutions for the charter school facilities crunch in D.C. For his part, Michael Moorin has begun to do intensive research into the education marketplace in DC and school incubation.

To see more photos from the 2016 PP55 Welcome events, visit our Facebook album

What is the impact of a Project 55 fellowship? What other Princetonians have told us…

What is the impact of a Project 55 Fellowship?

Princeton AlumniCorps, through the Project 55 Fellowship, Emerging Leaders, and ARC Innovators programs, provides ways for people to engage at every age.

Here are just a few of the many reflections that Princetonians have shared with us.

“Project ’55 has played an important role in offering our students remarkable volunteer civic engagement opportunities that clearly have a lasting impact on their personal lives and careers.PP55 has truly been a source of inspiration and guidance for young alumni who want to make a positive difference at a local, national, or global level”

Shirley Tilghman, President Emeritus, Princeton University

“Project 55 has been the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. “I think we’ve demonstrated that we’ve had a meaningful impact on communities around the country, on alumni at Princeton, on the student body and on the institution itself.”

Chet Safian ’55

“I’ve served as a mentor since 1993. I moved to Chicago in late 1992 and attended the Community Service Conference held here in Spring 1993.  I was so excited by the PP55 program and the fellows I met at the conference that I immediately spoke to John Fish about becoming a mentor and have been one ever since. I really enjoy getting to know a recent graduate each year. Depending on the interests of my mentee, I try to balance fun things to do (theatre, music, Chicago touring) with conversation about their experiences at work and living in Chicago.”

Carol Obertubbesing ’73

“Mentoring for PP55 has been an exhilarating experience. The opportunity to be involved with the program and the mentees of pp55 add an entire dimension to my life. They are truly the best and brightest…and we have a chance to be wired in to the future World’s leaders. What more may one ask?”

Harry Berkowitz ’55

“PP55 has given me the opportunity to make a difference. This has an impact on students, on agencies and the populations they serve, and on a broader group in society.”

Anne-Marie Maman ’84 

“My time with Princeton Project 55 helped me to understand that having access to and encouragement toward service can have a profound effect not only on the arc of a career, but also on the strength of our communities. . . . Organizations like this prove once again that each of us can shape a better future for ourselves, our communities, and our country.”

Michelle Obama ’85

“I am very encouraged by the steps being taken by Princeton AlumniCorps to involve new leaders not only in sustaining the PP55 program, but also in developing new programs whereby Princetonians of all generations can have a meaningful, positive impact on society.” 

Scott Taylor ’75

“I hope that you will convey to the participants both my sincere regard for their efforts and my gratitude for the way in which their active service not only benefits the communities in which they work but also makes Princeton a better place. The Project 55 program has been a wonderful concept; it is one of the aspects of this University that make so many of us proud to be members of the Princeton family.”

Harold Shapiro, President Emeritus, Princeton University

Regional Updates

Bay Area

The Bay Area Committee is excited to welcome seven new Project 55 fellows this summer. If you are interested in mentoring or volunteering with the local committee, please email us at info@alumnicorps.org

 

Boston

In Boston, several fellows attended a TEDx event in Boston called “Thriving Over Surviving” focused on the  intersection of medicine, technology and health. The topic was very relevant to the Boston Fellows cohort as they all work in healthcare.

One of our fellows, who is staying on another year at his position, said that he with the help of his mentor he has been able to “receive career advice from plenty of doctors, as well as lots of structured career help.” He enjoyed being able to talk to his mentor who was also working in healthcare but did something a little different than the fellow currently does.

The Boston Area Committee is planning a wrap up event for the end of May. They will partner with the Princeton  Area Club of New England, who is hosting the club’s annual gathering and Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Andrea Campbell ’05 will be the keynote speaker at the even.

 

Chicago

Former PP55 fellow Jake Jackson ’14 recently hosted current fellows for a seminar at Chicago Public Schools (CPS). The seminar touched on the state of education in Chicago, including the teachers’ contract, state funding, charter schools, and school academic accountability. Fellows from Princeton, Northwestern, and University of Chicago also attended a panel seminar with former fellows from all three programs about life after the fellowship. Panelists shared their experiences post-fellowship, including graduate school opportunities, job-hunting and networking tips, and how to continue serving the public  interest.

In March, the Chicago Area Committee held a happy hour at a local Chicago brewery the day of the Illinois primary. It was a great time for fellows and mentors to catch up with one another and warm up during the Chicago winter!

The last week of April, the Area Committee will be having a seminar on “Exploring Identity and Privilege”, organized by three of our current fellows. The seminar will be an interactive, perspective-challenging, and skill-building exploration of how our identities affect our experiences. The end-of-year celebration is also quickly approaching on May 17th. We’re looking forward to celebrating the end of another great fellowship year in Chicago with fellows, mentors, area committee volunteers, and friends of AlumniCorps.

 

New Jersey

The New Jersey Area Committee is planning a social event for current and future fellows, area alumni and former fellows, and the whole committee at Terhune Orchards this month. The event will welcome fellows to the Princeton AlumniCorps community.

 

New York

2016 continues to be a busy year for the New York Area Committee. In January, fellows attended The Evolution of New York City. Featured panelists were Jessica Lautin and Mason Williams. Jessica is a Senior Content Developer and Strategist for Gallagher & Associates, a museum planning and design firm. Mason is the author of the award-winning book City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York (2013). He received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 2012 and currently teaches at Williams College.

In March, fellows were treated to a private tour of the Whitney Museum led by the Director of Education. Eight fellows and seven Area Committee members attended. The seminar featured a presentation on the history of the Whitney and current programs, and then an abbreviated guided tour to a few exhibits with one of the teaching     fellows. The Career Night seminar, also held in March,  featured small group discussion organized by industry   including sections on communications, nonprofits, teaching and law. Fellows moved between industry groups and could ask questions.

In April, Eleanor Meegoda ’12 organized a social enterprise seminar. The event featured three panelists, Deborah Chang ’10, Edtech social entrepreneur; Aaron Charlop-Powers, Senior Planner at the Center for Court Innovation; and Stephanie Koh, Columbia MPA/MPP in Public Health).

Panelists spoke about what drew them to social entrepreneurship, their thoughts on for-profit vs. nonprofit initiatives and jobs, and why in the framework of their careers they made both the professional and personal choices that led them to where they are.

 

Washington, DC

The Washington, DC are committee hosted a Meet and Greet at the Watergate and heard from new AlumniCorps Board Chair Liz Duffy ’88 about the strategic direction of AlumniCorps and ways to get involved in the  local area committee. In attendance were current and former fellows, Emerging Leaders, Board members, volunteers, and alumni. If you are interested in getting involved in the Washington, DC area committee, please email us at info@alumnicorps.org

 

2016-17 Princeton Project 55 Fellows

We are in the final stages of our Project 55 placement process, with 38 Fellows currently accepted and more to come! See below for our current roster of 2016-17 Project 55 Fellows.

 

Bay Area

Sharim Estevez  ’16
Envision Education

Sunny Zhang ’16
Envision Education

Prianka Misra ’16
GO Public Schools

Marisa Remez ’16
Pahara Institute

Ramie Fathy ’16
UCSF Breast Care Center

Colby Hyland ’16
UCSF Breast Care Center

Chiamaka Onwuzulike ’16
Youth UpRising

 

Boston

Nina Narayanan ’16
Community Day

Dinara Gabdrakhmanova ’16
OpenBiome

Sanjay Rao ’16
OpenBiome

Clara Kerwin ’16
Open Biome

Emilee Tu ’16
Open Biome

 

Chicago

Aisha Oxley ’16
Free Spirit Media

Allie Lichterman ’16
Illinois State Board of Education

Virginia Midkiff ’16
National Equity Fund

Yoni Kirsch ’16
North Lawndale Employment Network

Beverly Nguyen ’16
Sinai Community Institute

 

New Jersey

Kelsey Kane-Ritsch ’16
D&R Greenway

Aliisa Lee ’16
International Schools Services

Maya Wahrman ’16
Princeton University – Office of Religious Life

 

New York

Maylin Meisenheimer ’16
All In Together Campaign

Dennisse Calle ’16
Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Maguire Herriman ’16
New Alternatives for Children

Amanda Li ’16
New York Academy of Medicine

Shruthi Deivasigamani ’16
New York Center for Child Development

Cameron Ruffa ’16
New York District Attorney’s Office

Ilana Polster ’16
Rockefeller Foundation

Yessica Martinez ’15
Coalition for Hispanic Family Services

Sophie Andreassi ’16
Harlem RBI

 

Philadelphia

Sahana Jayaraman ’16
University of Pennsylvania – Perelman School of Medicine

 

Washington, DC

Yende Grell ’16
Aeras

Rebecca Neill ’16
Aeras

Joelle Deleveaux ’16
CityBridge

Molly Fisch-Friedman ’16
Elevated Effect

Michael Moorin ’16
CityBridge

Shira Cohen ’16
Everyone On

Maggie Kent ’16
Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County

What is the impact of a Project 55 Fellowship? What partner organizations have told us…

What is the impact of a Project 55 Fellowship?

Princeton AlumniCorps, through the Project 55 Fellowship, Emerging Leaders, and ARC Innovators programs, provides ways for people to engage at every age.

Here are just a few of the many experiences that partner organization supervisors and contacts through the years have shared.

“All PP55 fellows I have worked with have been smart, capable, positive, hard-working, and great team members. They are always wonderful! Our fellow was WONDERFUL!!!  She had a great attitude, was a hard worker, and was eager to learn.”

Corey Merrill, Fourth Grade, Head of School, Community Day Public Charter School, Lawrence, MA   

“It’s great to have people coming in who are hard-working and enthusiastic, who are open to learning about the sector but who also bring new ideas and questions.”

Katherine Canning, Education Through Music, Inc., New York

“The [fellows] are always hard-working, smart, dedicated, and help infuse a lot of energy into the overall group.”

Meredith Buxton, UCSF Breast Care Center, San Francisco

“Our Fellow was a very strong staff person and performed just as strongly, if not better, than an entry-level staff member.”

Ilana Zafran, Umoja Student Development Corporation, Chicago

“We are delighted to continue partnering with AlumniCorps and look forward to adding a new fellow next year. The most worthwhile thing about the Project 55 program is having bright, energetic, curious young people adding value to our organization.”

Ann Ginsberg, Aeras, Rockville, MD

“PP55 Fellows are bright, committed, hard-working, ethical and passionate do-gooders. The Fellows are the reason a host organization ought to cast its lot with PP55. PP55 Fellows are of such high quality that any host organization smart enough to organize itself to take advantage of this great resource will find itself completely blessed.”

John Horan, North Lawndale College Prep, Chicago

“We have enjoyed our partnership with AlumniCorps. They provide training that allows the fellows to grow professionally during their time with the agency. It is great to work with the young talent. Our fellow was capable of producing high-level work early on in his fellowship and grew to the point of needing less direct supervision to accomplish tasks.”

Matt Vanover, Director of Public Education and Deputy Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education

“From our perspective it is wonderful to have the services of a bright, motivated recent graduate for a year. As a non-profit organization, there is always more work than there are people to do it. As an organization that relies heavily on scientific analysis, having skilled, educated Fellows gives us a significant boost in being able to track and analyze literature. It is also always beneficial for an organization like ours to develop relationships with students who will go on to become the next generation of scholars and professionals.”

Dr. John Balbus, Environmental Defense, Washington, D.C.