Recent Fisher Graduates Continue Community Service
Keith Alexander and Amanda Hackett, members of St. John Fisher College’s Class of 2010, were always active on- and off- campus while they were students here.
Originally from Brooklyn, Keith graduated from Fisher with a BA degree in English, and minors in Spanish and Philosophy. He was a student in the HEOP program, and was also a resident assistant, employed at the Child Care Center, and President of the Sustained Dialogue Club. In addition, he was a member of the Diversity Committee, and played on the Fisher Kings Rugby team.
Amanda graduated from Fisher as a communication major. She was best known for her acting, as a prominent member of the Fisher players. She played several lead roles including the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz, and had an internship with the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. She participated in the Teddi Dance for Love and the Relay for Life while here at Fisher. And she directed The Vagina Monologues during her junior and senior years, raising money for battered women.
Following graduation this past May, both have continued to spread the spirit of community service, participating in Rochester Youth Year (RYY) and working with non-profits in Rochester. RYY is an AmeriCorps organization and accepts graduates from seven area colleges – including Fisher – into their program. The fellows are then placed around Rochester in community-based organizations to create opportunities for youth living in poverty. Fisher is sponsoring their year of service both professionally and financially.
Keith accepted an opportunity with Youth As Resources (YAR), located at the Rochester Monroe County Youth Bureau. YAR is a youth philanthropy and service learning organization. The organization has gone through many changes over the past ten years. They have had a new program coordinator, as well as changes in funding, so stability has been a key concern.
Keith is responsible for taking a closer look at the organization’s past, determine what worked and what didn’t, and carry on the positives from past events and partnerships. His specific assignment is with the Youth Engaged in Services (YES) group, and he has been tasked with strengthening the group’s core values as well as assisting those involved with developing and executing service learning projects.
In the three months that he has been in this position, he has developed the Service Learning and Philanthropy Internship. He has attended workshops in Houston, Texas, to enhance his knowledge of youth development and asset building. Currently, he is developing a three-year plan for YAR, which includes marketing strategies, data analysis, and strategies for recruitment.
Amanda was assigned to the Word of Inquiry School #58, and is tasked with further developing the school’s expeditionary learning model. She has worked on developing fundraisers and grant writing to secure funds necessary to allow 7th and 8th grade students to go on an extended field study at the end of their school year. In addition, she is helping to plan those field studies to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C.
For more information about Rochester Youth Year, contact Sally Vaughan in the Community Service office at 385-8196 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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