It was my priviledge to serve as a volunteer Mentor Coach at America Needs You (ANY), a nonprofit which my husband Robert founded. America Needs You provides intensive career development, mentorship, and access to professional networks for ambitious, low-income, first-generation college students to help them persist in college and begin successful careers.
At ANY, I worked with Morsal, a student at the University at Albany, majoring in human biology and minoring in business and interested in a career in business/healthcare. She had incredible drive and ambition but lacked awareness and direction. We worked together to map out a career plan and educational goals. We spent hours perfecting her resume and doing mock interviews to prepare her for the competitive internship recruiting process. I knew Morsal could accomplish anything she set out to, and all she needed was a bit of guidance. As an Afghani woman she is determined to break through stereotypes and glass cielings and I am excited to see how far she will go.
A new class of Fellows is starting their journey this summer, and I am supporting this new class by leading the inaugural Alumni Challenge and by donating to America Needs You. I would so appreciate if you did the same by donating (here). Your contributions will support an organization that I am proud to be a part of and help more Fellows accomplish their goals.
Here is what your support can do for our Fellows:
$50: Purchases professional attire for a low-income, first-generation college student’s first internship
$100: Contributes to the Summer Opportunity Fund, which allows Fellows to complete an unpaid internship
$250: Provides all material for one professional development workshop
$1,000: Provides breakfast and lunch for 100 Fellows for one workshop
$2,500: Provides one Professional Development Grant for a Fellow
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