Host Stories

Reflection on My Two Years at Reading Partners

As I wrapped my time at Reading Partners, the way we interacted with students shifted enormously. My time with students came to an end earlier than expected. The way I interacted with community partners became part of my virtual reality. 

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Navigating Community Outreach and Policy Advocacy

On a rainy Tuesday morning, my coworker and I lugged our Jumpstart bags stuffed with books and craft supplies to a Brooklyn preschool. Though I had already coordinated many such events since I started my role six months ago, I still felt anticipation as I imagined how the children and teachers might respond to the books and activity. Like always, however, the skilled teachers made the event a breeze, catching tantrums before they escalated and prompting the students with thoughtful questions about the book.

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Four Years on Hudson: My time at Riverkeeper

Since finishing my two-year FAO Schwarz Fellowship in August 2017, I have stayed on at Riverkeeper continuing in my role as Outreach Coordinator. While in this position over the last four years, I’ve organized our annual day of service each year called the Riverkeeper Sweep.

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Say “Yes!”

Time really flies. I remember being so nervous when I started my role at Jumpstart. My office building looked intimidating­­ – I never worked in a place with so many floors.READ MORE