May 2016 to May 2017 VISTA Leader, Partners For Education, Berea College, Kentucky
I supported and helped supervise two-dozen VISTAs leading capacity building and sustainability projects in non-profits located in impoverished areas in south central and eastern Kentucky. My responsibilities included data collection, engaging the VISTAs in revision of the data collection tool, presentations focusing on professional development of the VISTAs I supported, including creation of sustainability records and documents at the end of their service year, event planning, assistance with recruiting and onboarding new VISTAs, and asset mapping of the counties and towns in which our VISTAs served.
August 2014-August 2015: AmeriCorps SeniorCorps
I served with AmeriCorps SeniorCorps as project manager at a struggling arts organization. Ultimately, I was unable to save them. But the challenges I faced taught me a lot about the non-profit world, including how to be an executive director, work with a board (and teach a board how to work with me). I learned about fundraising and expanded my knowledge and experience with grant writing as well.
As part of that job I designed and implemented meaningful and healing arts experiences to under served audiences, including elders in assisted and independent living settings. That experience helped me successfully write and receive an Art Meets Activism grant from The Kentucky Foundation For Women. The contacts I made in the Henderson County schools helped me secure funding from the Center For Youth Justice and Services to provide art enrichment in after school programs at Henderson County High School and the Henderson County Housing Authority, as well as Central Academy during the 2015-2016 academic year.