by Chelsea Dennis
I don’t know about you, but the last few months of 2015 have been a whirlwind for me! On September 7th I ended my last day as an AmeriCorps member and started my first course in graduate school that same evening. A week later I found out that I was hired by the Elks National Foundation! Honestly it's been a lot to take in at once, but luckily the holidays have served as a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the past few months. Now that I’m settled into my new role as a Programs Assistant in the Community Investment Programs office, I finally feel like I have a grasp on things. Before moving to Chicago and ultimately working at the ENF, I served as a corps member with City Year Washington, DC (CYDC), a nonprofit that works to combat the drop out crisis. In my role as a corps member I taught English/Language Arts and Mathematics to 5th grade students at risk of falling off track and organized events such as AttenDances to get students excited about school. My time with CYDC and my Kimball Elementary School team really left an impression on me and made me feel as if every person can help contribute to making the world a better place. As an added bonus, I got the chance to make a great set of lifelong friends.
|Celebrating a completed year of service as corps members with CYDC.|
|Two of my students hanging out with the FLOTUS. They were even featured in the Washington Post!|
|Sitting at my new swanky desk. |
Currently I'm staring into your eyes (it's creepy I know),
but before that I was learning how to use the grants database.