Join Us for a Professional Development Round Robin!

Searching for a job? Want to learn how to brand yourself to employers? Seeking resume guidance? We’ve rounded up a group of experts to help you with all of this, and more!

Join us for a Professional Development Round Robin on Thursday, March 12 from 6-8:30 pm at City Year Headquarters. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions with nonprofit sector leaders and ask questions around a wide range of topics and issues. AND you’ll also have the opportunity to get to know other like-minded professionals and expand your professional network. If you’re job searching, interest-searching, or just looking for a fun night out, you won’t want to miss this event!

For just $10, you will have access to experts in topics such as:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Personal Branding via Social Media
  • Managing Up
  • Cross-Sector Job Transition
  • Optimizing Your Presence on LinkedIn
  • Social Impact and Advocacy in the Service World
  • Time Management
  • Searching for a Job While You Still Have a Job

Light dinner will also be provided.

Don’t forget to bring a hard copy of your resume with you, if you’d like help brushing it up, and of course business cards if you have them!

Register now!

March Alums Spotlight: Marisa Daniel

This March we will be shining the alums spotlight on Marisa Daniel, former City Year corps member and recent Heller graduate.

When and where did you serve in AmeriCorps?

Marisa Daniel served in AmeriCorps with Friends of the Children and later with City Year Boston
Marisa Daniel served in AmeriCorps with Friends of the Children and later with City Year Boston

During my senior year of undergrad (2009-10) I served as a part-time AmeriCorps member in Boston for Friends of the Children.  I was a positive peer mentor for a second grader in Roxbury. Following that I served one year (2010-11) with City Year Boston and was located at Orchard Gardens Elementary School during their first year of its turnaround.

What is a story/experience that has stuck with you from your time in AmeriCorps? It can be good, bad, fun, profound, etc…

As an AmeriCorps member with CYB I served in an fifth grade math and social studies classroom.  Working with children is a roller coaster of learning which made every day memorable.  I worked closely with one student named Christian, who struggled keeping his behavior in line which then led to him being behind in math.  Although Christian would act out on a daily basis, I felt a connection with this student as I saw his potential to excel.  After a month or so of tutoring one on one, Christian began to master his multiplication tables and one day said, “I know math because of you Miss Marisa.” It’s days like those that have motivated and kept me grounded throughout graduate school.

How has your AmeriCorps experience benefited you after you served?

My AmeriCorps experience has benefited me in several ways. First and foremost it gave me hands on experience in a classroom giving me exposure to the effects of current education policy in Boston Public Schools.  It has provided me with professional development holding me and my fellow corps members to high standards.  It showed me that although one year of service is short, it is possible to make a lasting impression both on those you serve and yourself. I have developed lifelong friends both with fellow corps members, my program manager, and the teacher whose class I served in.  I also was fortunate to attend a graduate school that matched the education award allowing me to attend graduate school at a more affordable rate.  Lastly, my sister saw how impactful my experience was on my life and career choices and is now serving as an AmeriCorps member in Austin, Texas.

You recently received your MBA and MPP from the Heller School and Brandeis, what motivated you to go to grad school, and especially Heller?

There are many ways to affect change in social policy and I decided to pursue an MPP/MBA degree to equip myself with the skills necessary to make a difference in the nonprofit and public sector.  The students that I served at Orchard Gardens were my main motivation in applying to graduate school.  During my 10 months of service in their classroom, I saw such growth and new passions for learning develop.  I was drawn to Heller because of its focus on social justice and work in the nonprofit sector.  Many of the students there have similar backgrounds of service which creates a great atmosphere for learning and discussion about change.

Outside of volunteering, what do you do for fun?

Outside of volunteering I love to go out and try new restaurants around Boston and the surrounding area.  I also love listening to music, reading great books, and seeing movies in almost every genre.  

What’s something that inspires you?

On a daily basis I’m inspired by quotes that I’ve collected over the years from thought leaders, politicians, and other motivational speakers.  One of my favorites is the following:

What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything. –Pedro Arrupe S.J.–

And lastly, a fun one, if you had the choice between being guaranteed to live for 100 years or having one superpower for one year (and then living out a natural length of life) which would you choose? Why? And if you choose to have a superpower, what power?

Without a doubt, I would have a superpower for one year.  I’ve always struggled with the superpower question as I have two favorite powers.  The first would be to have the ability to speak every language in the world.  The second would be to be able to teleport around the world (but not through time)!  As you can see, it’s a difficult decision.

Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself?

Not that I can think of! Thanks for this opportunity, great to take the time to reflect!

Presenter Spotlight: Hilary Sullivan

Hilary Sullivan is the Associate Director of Service and Community Partnerships at Northeastern University. She will chair the Interpersonal Relationship Skills Building table at the upcoming Professional Development Round Robin on Thursday, February 27th. RSVP here!

In which program did you serve? Where?

I served in NCCC -Charleston Campus Class X from 2003-2004 and Literacy*AmeriCorps West Palm Beach from 2004-2005.

How did your experience as an AmeriCorps member prepare you for what you are doing right now?

My AmeriCorps experiences prepared me in so many ways for my current role as an Associate Director in Northeastern’s Center of Community Service. NCCC taught me about the different ways to become engaged in the community, and taught me how to enter and exit a new community thoughtfully and respectfully. Both years of service taught me how to understand the needs and wants of the community before jumping in to offer services, something I teach students on a regular basis. The college students I work with are excited and ready to serve, but sometimes need guidance in how to use their skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the community.

Why should Alums be excited to learn together and with others at this professional development event?

The Alums network is one of the most powerful networks around. Through my six years of involvement with the Boston Alums Chapter, I have connected with so many Alums, both personally and professionally. In 10 more years, I believe there will be an AmeriCorps Alum working in every major company and nonprofit in the country. To share what we know and have learned with one another is critically important to keep elevating Alums to the leadership status we all deserve. As Ben Duda, co-ED of the AmeriCOrps Alums network says, he wants a common saying to be “There’s an ALUM for that!”

What are you personally excited about with speaking at this upcoming event?

I love getting to meet Alums that have just finished serving or just moved to Boston, and re-connecting with Alums who have been here for awhile. I’m happy to share my professional experiences, but I know that I will also have the chance to learn from the Alums who come by my table. While networking events can sometimes be intimidating, I always feel the connection between fellow Alums comes easily and naturally.



Networking Social with AmeriCorps Alums Boston and the Heller School: UPDATE!


*If 1.2 lbs of food = 1 meal. How many meals can the AmeriCorps Alums Boston Chapter donate to the Greater Boston Food Bank?Bring your cans to our Heller School Social this Thursday, December 5th from 6:30-8:30PM. RSVP today.

Join us on Thursday, December 5th from 6:30-8:30 at WorkBar for an informative and fun night of networking and to learn about the more than $1,000,000 in exclusive scholarships available for AmeriCorps Alums at the Heller School, with more scholarships available than ever before! 

Through the National Service Scholarship Program, the Heller School seeks to recognize the contributions AmeriCorps Alums have made to civic engagement and the greater good through service to communities across the country. A panel of Heller School faculty and staff will join us as well as AmeriCorps Alum Heller students and alums who will share how their service experience influenced their decision to apply to the MBA in Nonprofit Management and MPP programs. This year, we will also have a panel focused on National Service Advocacy. Complimentary beer, wine and appetizers will be served. Click here to RSVP.

The event will be hosted at WorkBar (right across from South Station) – a cool venue that supports entrepreneurs during the day, and connects like-minded professionals in the evening. Reserve your spot today for our largest networking event of the year, and spread the word to your AmeriCorps friends!

Hope to see you there!

-The AC Alums Boston Board

2013 Opening Day Social at Lir

Carrying on the commitment this year and beyond
Carrying on the commitment this year and beyond

On Friday, Nov. 8 more than 65 AmeriCorps Alums got together to celebrate AmeriCorps Opening Day in MA by gathering for a happy hour at Lir.
Our board chairs Moira Mannix and Chris Bentson had the privilege of speaking at the Opening Day ceremony earlier in the day, where more than 1,000 currently serving AmeriCorps members took the AmeriCorps pledge.

As a community, we were excited to get together with AmeriCorps alums who have served all over the country in many different programs including (but certainly not limited to) City Year, Teach for America, Playworks, NCCC, VISTA, and more. We had a great turnout and are really excited to expand our network (and our impact) in Boston this year.

Special thank you to Lir for offering us their upstairs space for the second year in a row!