Educational background: Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/ International Relations, minor in Spanish Language, certificate in Diplomacy and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
What is your title and role at your host site?
Health Educator- my role will include partnering with local pantries to increase access to healthy food options, developing a closed-loop food delivery model with area health centers, writing informational publications, and facilitating public discussion on food insecurity and resources available at the Food Bank.
Why did you join AmeriCorps/National Health Corps?
I have a strong belief in the importance of national/ community service and a lot of different things I’d like to try in life, so AmeriCorps fits the bill for me! I want to focus my career on working with underserved populations, and National Health Corps seems like a great place to start. The chance to learn on the job, work with a dedicated and talented Corps of fellow members, and improve the Pittsburgh community has me excited for the year ahead.
What are you hoping to gain from your year of service?
I am hoping to learn and understand how the Food Bank functions to serve vulnerable populations. I also hope to learn more about how nonprofits, in general, work, as well as grow in my capacity to research, write, lead, and speak with others about the issues that are important in our society and world.
What are your plans after AmeriCorps service?
I plan to pursue service for a lot longer than just this year, whatever that looks like! I’m open to considering graduate school programs, relief work, maybe more AmeriCorps service, or whatever falls into place and feels right.
Where do you envision yourself in 5 years?
I envision myself either working toward or having completed a graduate program of study, and in the case of the latter, doing work with a nonprofit or an NGO focused somewhere in the realm of poverty, homelessness, and food insecurity.