Growing Leaders to Make a Difference

Courtney and Francesca’s Story – August 2016

August is a little bittersweet for us at the Volunteer Center. While we’re excited to head into fall programming, we’re also a little sad because we have to say goodbye to our summer Nonprofit Fellows.

This is our third year for the program which gives college students a hands-on learning and work experience in the nonprofit sector. Each of our Nonprofit Fellows has added great value to the Volunteer Center, and we’re incredibly grateful for the impact they’ve made. Many of them have gone on to do amazing things, and three of them continue to make a direct impact on the Volunteer Center. 2014 Nonprofit Fellow Sabine Wohlschlag is now our Program Manager. 2014 Nonprofit Fellow Trevor Chilton is our Partnerships and Operations Coordinator. And 2015 Nonprofit Fellow Jenae Fleming is our Communications Coordinator.

This year’s Fellows, Francesca Vega and Courtney Adams, certainly lived up to the high expectations of their predecessors. They’ve helped plan and implement our Summer Series Workshops, led United Way Youth Division meetings and From the Heart events, helped orchestrate our beautiful new mural, cleaned up our email database, and done a ton of other odd jobs. It’s hard to look forward without wondering what we will ever do without them.

But that’s the whole point of the program – to grow and develop great leaders eager to make a difference in the world around them. It is easy to say that both Francesca and Courtney will make that difference – in fact, they already are. For the fall, Francesca plans to continue working on her Masters in Nonprofit Administration at Texas Tech, and Courtney returns to Texas A&M to complete her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences.

These young women are leaving their mark on the Volunteer Center, their communities, and the world. It’s been our honor to work alongside them, and we eagerly look forward to hearing about the next steps in their journeys.

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