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Students are interested in hearing from alumni in a wide range of social impact fields. Pictured here: Joshua Kagan ’01 (Senior Analyst at Carbon War Room), John Perry Barlow ’69 (Managing Partner, Algae Systems), and Corey Block ’01 (Urban Farm Coordinator at Treasure Island Job Corps) speaking at Impact Hub San Francisco in October 2012.

Hello, alumni! Remember when you were a confused college student?

I am Rosy Capron ’14, Wesleyan’s Civic Engagement Fellow for 2014-2015, and I am working with the Patricelli Center, Allbritton Center, and Career Center to plan a series of events that expose students to ways that they can work for social change after graduation. We are currently seeking alumni to join a “Careers for the Common Good” panel on the evening of Wednesday, November 19, on Wesleyan’s campus, where they will discuss their career paths, what they enjoy about their work, and their experiences in various positions and sectors.  Panelists from a wide range of fields are welcome – education, health, environmental sustainability, social justice, youth empowerment, human rights, international development, nonprofit management, corporate responsibility and beyond.

Is there anything that you wish you had known before graduating? What’s the best advice you received early in your career? This is a great opportunity to share professional and personal lessons you’ve learned with students who want to make a difference in the world but aren’t yet sure how.

Please contact me at scapron@wesleyan.edu if you have questions, are interested in joining the panel, or cannot make it on November 19 but would like to participate in similar events. Panelists will need to arrange their own transportation, but some reimbursement and assistance may be available. Thank you!



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Help make middle school a bit easier by tutoring at Keigwin, home to nearly every sixth-grader in Middletown. A brand new OCS program will be bringing volunteers from Wesleyan to the middle school to provide homework help to small groups of students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2pm to 4:15 pm. You are welcome to help out on one or both days and you do not need previous tutoring experience.

Contact Rebecca Brand ’16 (rbrand@wes) and Emma Davis ’17 (ecdavis@wes) with questions or to get involved.

Interested in volunteering with Wesleyan’s college in prison program as a Tutor or Research Intern? The Center for Prison Education is currently accepting applications for Tutor and Research Intern positions during the spring semester!

Come to the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education Student Group’s general interest meeting this Tuesday (TODAY!) at 9:00 pm in the Allbritton 318 to learn about the program and discuss future prison activism/awareness projects. Check out this short documentary directed by Cara Tratner ’12 and Becky Gillig ’12 for more information.

If you are interested in the Writing Tutor position, please email senelson@wes and she will send you the required editing exercise with instructions. Both applications are due on Friday, November 14th, at 8:00pm. If you have any questions, please contact the current Center for Prison Education Fellow, Shannon Nelson.

Research Intern Application

Tutor Application

The school year has only just begun, but graduating students are already feeling the pressure to plan for the future. Although some organizations won’t start to pick from our fine stock of seniors until the spring or summer, it can be tough to shake off that gray cloud of post-grad uncertainty in the meantime. On top of concerns about making ends meet, Wesleyan students often hope to find “meaningful” work – to do good, not just well – and as a final cherry on this anxiety sundae, they may long for adventure and fear a tedious day-to-day.

Fortunately, there are several programs in the United States and around the world that invite graduates to work for social change and gain excellent professional experience. These opportunities, which have largely been modeled after the Peace Corps, often focus on service, but the model has recently been adapted for other kinds of valuable work in schools, nonprofits, startups, and beyond.

The stipends for these programs are generally modest, but what they lack in pay they make up for in other unique benefits. As alternatives to traditional entry-level positions, there is often an emphasis on breadth of experience, and participants are exposed to a wide array of tasks and skills, rather than a narrow range of responsibilities. The organizations generally value professional development and strive to provide mentorship, learning opportunities, and alumni networks. They may also take people quite literally off the beaten path, siphoning grads away from cities like New York, San Francisco, and D.C. and into lower-cost places around the country and the world. This temporary relocation is at the root of some of the criticism leveled at programs like Teach for America and the Peace Corps, but many people have also argued for the benefits of these placements for both volunteers or employees and their new communities.

We’ve assembled a list of programs offering 10 – 27 months of experience in a variety of fields. The list is hardly complete, as new programs seem to come up every year, and we have excluded teacher’s residency programs (like UTC and BTR) and many of the organizations that partner with AmeriCorps VISTA or receive grants around the United States. Check back for updates and please let us know if we’ve left out any good opportunities!

fcnlAdvocacy Corps
“The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is calling on people ages 19 – 30 to join a network of young adults who will be paid to lead grassroots social justice campaigns across the U.S. to mobilize their communities to influence members of Congress. Approximately 15 applicants will be selected to take part in the year-long program, which will kick off with a 12-day Summer Intensive Training in August 2015 in Washington, D.C. Members of the network will be trained and supported by FCNL staff and volunteers across the country to achieve real policy goals and make concrete change”
Deadline: April 1, 2015

AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps“AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps strengthens the Jewish community’s fight against the causes and effects of poverty in the United States. We do this by engaging participants in service and community building that inspire them to become lifelong leaders for social change whose work for justice is rooted in and nourished by Jewish values.”

Change Corps
“Change Corps is a training academy for activists — a one-year, paid, full-time, full-immersion training program in grassroots organizing that will give you the skills you need to make a difference on issues our generation cares about.”
Contact: Hannah Adams ’13 (Hannah@changecorps.org, 202-531-9195)

citizen-schools-logoCitizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship
“The Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship is a paid AmeriCorps national service opportunity for individuals dedicated to directly impacting the futures of middle school students in low income communities across America. Your commitment of two years of service grants students months of extra learning that translates into college readiness, career opportunity and the ability to achieve their dreams.”

City Year
“City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate.” Corps members commit to 11 months of serving at a public school in the United States, South Africa, or England.
Next Deadline: November 15, 2014

logoCommunity Health Corps
“Community HealthCorps is the largest health-focused, national AmeriCorps program that promotes health care for America’s underserved, while developing tomorrow’s health care workforce… The vision of Community HealthCorps is to become a national service pipeline for careers in community health centers that is improving access to necessary primary and preventative care services for the medically underserved.”

“FoodCorps is a nationwide team of AmeriCorps leaders who connect kids to real food and help them grow up healthy. Through our partnership with AmeriCorps, we recruit, train and place emerging leaders into limited-resource schools for a year of service implementing our three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids.”

gc-logoGreen Corps
“The mission of Green Corps is to train organizers, provide field support for today’s critical environmental campaigns, and graduate activists who possess the skills, temperament, and commitment to fight and win tomorrow’s environmental battles.”
Contact: Isabel Stern ’14 (Isabel@greencorps.org, 508-479-9424)

“HealthCorps Coordinators lead unique in-school and community programming designed to foster physical and mental fitness, particularly among high-need populations. The Coordinators serve as peer-mentors who deliver a progressive curriculum in nutrition, exercise and mental strength to students nationwide. For more than a decade, the HealthCorps program has inspired its participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle. And the HealthCorps schools have served as Living Labs through which we can explore the complex, underlying causes of the obesity crisis, as well as discover, communicate implement and advocate for national and regional solutions.”

JVC-LogoRev.4c-PC TIFFJesuit Volunteer Corps
“The Jesuit Volunteer Corps, in collaboration with the Society of Jesus, enhances the capacity of local organizations to serve their communities by providing Jesuit Volunteers to directly serve the poor and marginalized in the U.S. and developing countries. For a year or more Jesuit Volunteers live simply, in community, immersed in Ignatian Spirituality.”

logo-1LEAP Skills Academy Fellowship
“LEAP (Learning, Employability and Progress) is a skill development organisation headquartered in New Delhi. LEAP aims to bridge the gap between the skills that students have and those that employers require in order to hire them. LEAP will follow a regional approach and will provide life-long skills as well as sector specific skills to students allowing them to create careers of their own choice.”
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AmeriCorps_logoLIFT AmeriCorps
“LIFT works to lift families in the United States out of poverty for good. We take a people-powered approach to fighting poverty: A network of Community Members, Advocates and Advisors work together to build the strong personal, social and financial foundations people need to get ahead. We have resource centers in neighborhoods in Boston, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, where trained volunteers work with families to find a decent job, safe housing or a good education for themselves or their kids.”

newssectorRISE Fellows at New Sector Alliance
“The New Sector AmeriCorps Residency in Social Enterprise (RISE) program is an 11-month fellowship program for emerging leaders committed to careers in social impact… Fellows serve full-time to strengthen nonprofit organizations, while engaging in intensive professional development activities to strengthen their skills for immediate and future impact.”
Next Deadline: December 12, 2014
Contact: Alex Cantrell ’14 (alcantrell22@gmail.com)

peacecorps3Peace Corps
“As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service—at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country.”

Volunteer-Travel-Princeton-In-AsiaPrinceton in Asia
“The essence of PiA is to provide transformative, service-oriented experiences for bright, talented graduates and to serve the needs of Asia as determined by our host institutions and Asian partners. PiA arranges fellowships and internships with Asian host organizations in the fields of education, health, international development, environmental advocacy, journalism, engineering, technology, law and business.”
Deadline: November 14, 2014

public-allies-profilePublic Allies
“Public Allies’ mission is to advance new leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic participation… The Public Allies signature AmeriCorps Ally Program identifies diverse young adults and prepares them for leadership through paid full-time nonprofit apprenticeships and rigorous leadership training.”

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“We invite talented university graduates to partner with Pittsburgh nonprofits to develop the next generation of servant leaders in our city. Nonprofit partners receive a young, talented, university graduate to build capacity in their organization while participants receive valuable job training and skill development.”
Deadline: March 1, 2015

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“TFA is a national teacher corps of college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years and raise student achievement in public schools.”
Next Deadline: December 5, 2014

Venture for America
“Venture for America will recruit the best and brightest college grads to work for two years at emerging start-ups and early-stage companies in lower-cost cities (e.g., Detroit, Providence, New Orleans). Modeled after Teach for America, Venture for America will provide a path for entrepreneurship to college grads who want to learn how to build companies and create jobs.”
Next Deadline: January 12, 2015

yp4-fullYoung People For
“The Young People For fellowship is a leadership development program focusing on identifying, engaging and empowering young progressive leaders. The one-year fellowship equips college students with the skills and resources necessary to create lasting change on their campuses and in their communities.”
Deadline: February 7, 2014
Contact: Gabriela De Golia ’13 (gdegolia@wesleyan.edu)

Visiting professor and Harber Fellow Jack Dougherty brings a fascinating new course to Wesleyan’s Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life this spring. In CSPL 341, students will examine the controversial intersection of education and entrepreneurship not just by reading theory and research on the subject, but also by looking at the effects of recent policy changes and honing their own research skills in the process.

Description from WesMaps:

In this seminar, we will investigate an increasingly popular reform movement–choice–to better understand what happens when educators act more like entrepreneurs in competing for students, how families navigate both schooling and housing markets, and the outcomes of recent policy innovations. Drawing from the disciplines of history, sociology, and government, we will compare and contrast choice models that have been promoted by charter schools, magnet schools, and move-to-opportunity housing experiments. Teams of student researchers will conduct quantitative analyses of choice data and qualitative interviews with parents and stakeholders in Hartford.

Interested students should email the instructor (jack.dougherty@trincoll.edu) explaining their research interests and related coursework. Read more about the course here, and check out Prof. Doughterty’s reflection on his CT Mirror Hackathon experiences.

When alumni connect with the Patricelli Center for the first time, they often leave bits of advice for students and young entrepreneurs. As fall break comes to close and courses kick into high gear again, we’re happy to offer a mid-semester pick-me-up and share some of their wise words. (If you’re an alum with truth bombs to drop, fill out the PCSE alumni volunteer form!)

“Move where you can make a difference. There are jobs in every nook and cranny of this country for smart, ambitious, motivated young people. New York will always be there (at least until the ice caps melt), so spend the early years out of college actually learning skills and figuring out what you’re good at – and do it somewhere where it has impact.”
- Daniel Bloom ’10, COO & Co-Founder at TernPro

“Do what you can, with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are!”
- Vivian Best ’03, Founder at Give It Fresh Today

“Live in a community different from the one in which you grew up. Develop empathy for those from other circumstances.”
- Kathlyn Pattillo ’12

“You need two qualities to build something big: the stomach to see all the reasons why you’re going to fail, and the will to be relentless in finding solutions to those problems.”
- Jon Leland ’05, Director of Community Engagement at Kickstarter

“Do something that pulls you out of your comfort zone. If you’re nervous or confused, it’s probably a good sign.”
- Francesca Jones ’12, Business Development Officer at Smarter Lighting Engineering Research Center

“Follow the power. The strongest argument or most well-crafted message doesn’t do anything unless it reaches someone with the power to change the thing you want changed. Figure out where the power for change lies, and apply pressure there.”
- Dan Shannon ’01, Senior Strategy Director at Purpose

“YOLO. Make it count.”
- Vlad Gutkovich ’07, Impact Manager at Schoolzilla

“Self-care is important in order to not burn out. Sometimes we need to take care of ourselves before we can take care of others and make the world a better place. In fact, sometimes we may need to focus on only taking care of ourselves and our families, in lieu of working to make the world a better place. ‘Im ein ani li mi li?’ (Hebrew) Translation: ‘If I am not for myself, who will be for me? But if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?’”
- Robin Alexander ’89, Clinical Social Worker at Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

“Focus on finding an organization that does good, and that does good well. An organization’s culture and work style are ultimately more important than the exact issue at hand. If you find an organization that is effective, efficient, and inspiring, you will be motivated to help affect change.”
- Elizabeth Conrad ’11 at Hopscotch

Money and Social Change isn’t your typical college course. In an exciting shift from theory to practice, participants learn about different approaches to philanthropy and impact investment and then put their money where their mouth is by doling it out to local organizations. The students are eager to share their experiences with the rest of the world, so in addition to following them on Twitter, you’ll be able to read about their activities, discussions, and visiting speakers in guest posts throughout the semester. The first note comes from Jojo Weinberger ’15:

We’re in Week 6 of our Money and Social Change class, taught by Joy Anderson ’89, founder of Criterion Institute. This class is a participating member in the Learning By Giving Initiative, a program sponsored by Dorris Buffet’s Sunshine Lady Foundation. Through this initiative our class – along with students at 25 colleges around the country – received $10,000 to grant to non-profits in the local Middlesex community. In addition to working on this grant-making process, each student in the class is developing his or her own theory of change: a theory of how we think change happens. This is our first post and we’ll be keeping it short and simple. Each week we’ll send out some info, discussing our progress in the grant making process and a short blurb about a class member and his/her theory of change. This class has been great so far and we’re excited to keep Wesleyan community updated on our progress!

Good news for recent grads! Arabella Advisors is seeking a new assistant editor for their DC office. To bring your writing skills to the social sector, check out the details below and on their website:

The position: As Arabella’s new assistant editor, you will use your inherent talent with words to help our teams produce reports, publications, proposals, and online communications that make the world a better place—by enabling philanthropists to achieve the greatest good with their resources. You will join a small editorial team that works closely and collaboratively across our growing firm, providing editorial direction, support, and training. You will need to be smart, flexible, resourceful, and socially engaged. You will also need to be a sharp and attentive copy editor and a capable project manager.

The organization: Arabella Advisors helps philanthropists and investors pursue their social and environmental goals more effectively. Our platform of services enables clients to use all of their assets—grants, investments, relationships, time, and talent—to achieve greater good. We work with large foundations and corporations, as well as families and individuals, to develop strategic focus, execute projects, evaluate grantees and programs, invest for impact, efficiently manage grants and funds, and continually learn and innovate. Our team is socially minded and entrepreneurial, always looking for ways to make the world a better place by better serving our clients.


  • Collaborate with multiple Arabella teams as they create compelling reports, presentations, and other publications that enable philanthropists to maximize their impact
  • Provide excellent copy editing that strengthens and polishes content
  • Help colleagues translate analytic research into clear, compelling language that resonates with Arabella’s audiences
  • Help to manage complex projects with multiple stakeholders and shifting deadlines
  • Support the editorial team’s content development, communications, marketing, and knowledge management efforts
  • Assist with other tasks to support the editorial team and the firm, as necessary
  • Assist with document design and layout
  • Assist with creation and management of digital content
  • Develop relevant knowledge of the philanthropic sector


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in English, journalism, or a related discipline
  • 2-3+ years of relevant professional experience as an editor or writer
  • Experience with copy editing using a style guide
  • Ability to draft high quality written materials under tight deadlines
  • Experience managing multiple tasks with sometimes conflicting deadlines
  • Willingness and wherewithal to make editorial decisions even in relation to the work of those in senior positions
  • Experience with managing web content, email marketing, and new media (experience with WordPress, InDesign and/or other design software a plus)
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite

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