Alumni Career Forum
Fifty people attended the second annual Alumni Career Forum held at the Faculty Center. It was an evening of conversation between current and past Human Services majors including faculty. A diverse panel of four alumni provided advice and personal thoughts on career exploration and graduate school options. There was ample opportunity for alumni to connect with others in their field and for undergraduates to become acquainted with a variety of career options at “topic” tables.
Group members: Katie Theriault, Kailyn Yard, Samuel Arocho, Marlyn Batista, Mark Borgerson, Jamie Conrol, Alec McLean, David Rozon, Nina Sennott, Veronica Townsend
Balfour Awareness and Fund Raising Committee
Balfour Academy is a college access program that provides tutoring in the fall and spring semesters as well as a six-week summer enrichment program to students in the seventh through twelfth grades. The program caters to inner city youth who are seeking better opportunities for higher education. When students graduate from the program, if they are accepted to Northeastern, they are granted a scholarship. Having lost a substantial amount of funding from a private donor, this group planned and executed an awareness program about Balfour’s mission. At Senior Celebration, they held a raffle, which raised $360 which was then donated to Balfour Academy.
Group members: Elizabeth Beliard, Tatiana Parra, Tess Beatrice, Sarah Bork Dugan, Thao Tran
Senior Celebration and Service Based Project
The mission of “Senior Celebration” project is to provide a more intimate and personal ceremony for graduating for Human Services majors. It is an opportunity for parents, graduates, friends and faculty to celebrate accomplishments and successes. Approximately, 130 people attended this celebration at West Side Johnnies. This group partnered with Balfour Awareness in order to raise funds for Balfour Academy.
Group members: Jaime Wluka, Anne Renelique Wensess Raphael, Arlina Cintron, Demetrius Biggs, Monica Faberman, Alison Landau, Valduvino Goncalves, Adria McMillan
Project Next Step
Project Next Step’s mission is to promote both personal and professional relationships among Human Services Freshmen, Seniors, and Alumni. Participants of the mentoring partnership have a wrap up event where they will be able to reflect on personal growth and the growth of the program. Project Next Step offers the opportunity for Human Service Seniors to mentor Freshmen, enrolled in Introduction to Human Services and to external transfers. A mentor is a helpful, open-minded, knowledgeable, friendly confidante, who can ease the transition into college and the Human Service major. Both group and individual meetings occur during the semester to enhance connection, to provide information about the Northeastern community and its opportunities, and to have fun.
Group Members: Alexandra Budge, Ashley Gilbert, Laura McCarthy, Andrea Rodriguez, Emily Aicher, Kristen Aleksa, Kelly Dwyer, Tara Spargo
According to its brochure, the mission of this organization is to: “provide urban youth from low income communities with the skills and perspectives that enable them to effect positive change in their lives, communities, and the global community through engagement in leadership training, and international cultural exchange and service learning.” A two day event, Ignite Your Inner Voice Film Festival and Call to Action, was held to raise awareness on issues of access to water and education around the world.
Group Members: Abby Wagner, Molly Hagan, Chad Parham, Sarah-Kay Logan, Megan Clapp, Kristin McDermott
Holly Charette House, Rhode Island transitional residence for female veterans
This home is administered by Operation Stand Down, a national non-profit dedicated to eliminating homelessness for veterans. This team collect personal care items and clothing.
Group Members: Jenny Lee and Alessia Mondlane
Senior Celebration and BARCC Awareness
Group Members: Kate Federici, Jessica Cetoute, Maya Genovesi, Elizabeth Gillespie, Joshua Margulies, Wanda Rodriguez, Amanda Stutz, Hannah Webb
Together Festival of Music and Art
Local artists were asked to submit entries for a poster contest to distribute at the Together Festival in exchange for food or monetary donations, The goal was to link the Boston art community with Boston Food Bank. The poster design was available for purchase through a donation of $5 or 5 cans of food. $50 and fifty food items were collected.
Group Members: Erin Cheek, Daniel Pyo, Hannah Russell-Goodson, Evan Whetsell
The first Annual Alumni Networking Event was held at Northeastern University’s Alumni Center in April 2011. Former Human Service majors and current students engaged in lively discussion about Human Service Careers, graduate study and job hunting strategies. A Panel of four Alumni shared their varied career history. A “networking mixer,” comprised of special interest tables, followed the panel discussions. Some of the topics offered by Alumni currently employed in those fields were: Health and Wellness, Direct Service, and Social Justice. In advance of the event, a survey was mailed to over 200 alumni. The committee compiled professional profiles of Alumni that were distributed to each guest.
Group Members: Camilly Azevedo, Joseph Bordieri, Maria Fontes, Claudia Garcia, Elyse Oliver, Elsie Paul, Heather Porriello, Amy Scheffler, and Lindsay Tremblay
Hoops for Ivy Street Hawks
Human Services Senior Seminar formed a partnership with Ivy Street School, a residential school for teens with traumatic brain injuries in Brookline. The kids had been chosen by Special Olympics to play at a halftime show of a Boston Celtics Game, but needed to raise the funds. The Seminar members raised $850 to send the Ivy Street Hawks, To present the money, Seminar members organized a pre-game event at the school, which included tie-dying team shirts, team building activities and of course, playing some basketball.
Group members: Eva Marcus, Helen Schroeder, Stephanie Dondiego, Cara Christous, Alice Granger, Corie Scibelli, Allison Collacchi, Krupa Asher, Chelsea Stine, Tiffany Syariff, Ellie O’Connell, Stephanie Simmons, Katherine Baez, Tuuyen Dao, Rachel Kozupsky, Tamara Yaqub
Walk for Change- BARCC
The goal of this project was to promote the 5th Annual Walk for Change sponsored by the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC). To gain publicity for the walk and cause the Seminar brought Project Clothesline, a visual depiction of the effects of Domestic Violence to campus. During the display of hundreds of t-shirts, and effort was made to sign up walkers as well as distribute information. Forty walkers signed up and this group raised $1,500.
Group members: Samantha Molle, Erica Merims, Kendra English, Caitlin Bosmeny, Brenna Matthews, Christopher Plum, Gabrielle Shrem, Alexis Shiber, Lakeesha Grover, Laura Klimek
Senior Celebration and Needs Based Drive for Rosie’s Place
This group of students planned and implemented Senior Celebration for over 100 people that included graduating Seniors and families. In order to demonstrate the commitment of Human Services students, this group collected approximately 500 food items and personal hygiene items for Rosie’s Place.
Youth Empowerment Showcase
The Youth Empowerment Showcase served as an opportunity for inner city youth throughout the Boston area to display their creative works and artistic talents. This showcase consisted of an art gallery, musical performances, and dance performances all produced and initiated by youth artists. The ultimate goal of the event was to reward youth for engaging in positive and productive actions rather than participating in negative behavior. In turn the event brought communities together to discuss youth violence and achieve common goals within their communities. Highlights on the day of the event: over 40 youth of all ages in attendance, face painting fun, mask creation activities, dance lessons, and ice cream sundae making activitie, dance performances by Hyde Square Task Force’s Ritmo en Acción, and musical performance by Sociedad Latina’s Music Club House.
Group members: Jacqueline Bresnahan, Nicole Currier, Caryn Gursky, Robert Manzi, Jillian McIntosh, Sierra Poya’u, Kaelyn Todd, Lydia Vega, Yekaterina Wadhwani, and Consandria Walker
Project Next Step
Project Next Step a peer-mentoring program designed to further the sense of community among Northeastern Universities Human Services Seniors and Freshmen. This is done through organized on campus site visits and activities. The program aimed to connect freshman HS majors to the resources available to them at NU while also matching then with a senior mentor. The senior mentors are from the HS senior seminar class and are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project. The project also aimed to help senior and freshman students network with HS alumni by organizing site visits to the organizations that the alumni are employed by.
Group members: Ryan McCarthy, Maria DosSantos, Rachel Klein, Craig Kenney, Lizandre Lamour, Anna Linck, Christine Morrill, Sarah Stettner, Emmanuel Adako, Kristina Araque, Tysone Ayers, and Amy Bates
This group held a fundraiser for Rosie’s place, a shelter for women and children at Uno’s.
Group members: Pam Asen, Jesse Armon, Melanie Simpson, Meghan Holcomb, Christina Sullivan, Jennifer Ryan, and Rachel Annese
Franciscan Hospital for ChildrenFranciscan Hospital for Children, whose mission is to provide compassionate care and education to children with special health care needs and to help them reach their full potential hosted our Seniors who provided an afternoon of fun activities. Our students played basketball, conducted art projects, and provided a quiet reading corner.
Wayside Children and Family Services
The event was held on November 19th at Kitty O’Sheas bar located in Downtown Boston. Three live bands volunteered their time to play during the evening, and a giant raffle was held to help raise money. Approximately $2,000 was raised to help Wayside. The organization plans on using the money to help build a new campus for the teen residents. There will be a plaque recognizing the class to commemorate the gift.
Course members: Charlene Burke, India Fuller, Jena Hernandez, Corrie Hunkler, Kate Janisch, Kerry Kelemen, Chanelle Mars, Jennifer Matthes, Keiga Matsumoto, Julie Miller, Yaijaira Pagan, Sarah Puccio, Tanya Simon, and Whitney Sisto.
Youth Outreach Fights Against Domestic Violence and Homelessness
This three part project included collecting personal care products and distributing them to a domestic violence shelter (Renewal House) and an outreach program for homeless youth.
Part 1 – The group scheduled an event at a residence hall with pizza and a movie. Residents were asked to bring an item for admittance. Part 2 – All the items were transported to Ellis Memorial, an after school program, where the children helped assemble the bags of products and then had cake and punch to celebrate their good work. Part 3 – The bags were delivered to Renewal house and the youth program.
Adoption Bag Project
The concept was to provide twenty-five backpacks to families of newly adopted children through Suffolk County Juvenile Court. The backpacks were filled with resources, lists of activities around the city, photo albums, cameras, gift cards and journals. This group set up a fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen and raised $215 for backpacks for the gifts. Backpacks were presented to parents on Adoption Day.
Fundraiser for Community Servings
This group raised $2,395 to donate to Community Servings, a local, non-profit organization that delivers meals to individuals that are homebound with life threatening illnesses. The Baseball Tavern turned over its profits for the evening. This group secured many donations of gift certificates awarded to people who came out for the event.
Course members: Chelsea Ambrose, Julie Benjamin, Jennifer Blewett, Allison Burnside, Barbara Civill, Lisa Ferelli, Maria Graceffa, Shannon Jacobson, Deborah Li, Claire Menzie, Carissa Murray, Andrea Pahuta, Amanda Parker, Joshua Porter, Mary Pugliese, Christina Rossi, Peter Sauro, Rachel Sletzinger, Shaleyse Smallwood, Thinh Tran, and Choi Treadwell.
NUnited, United Against Violence, United for Peace, an event promoting peace and alternatives to violence held at Bird Street Community Center, an independent non-profit youth organization serving Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, and Hyde Park. Bird Street is a gathering place where children and youth are able to find the support they need to grow into healthy and productive adults.
Course members: Jennifer Bolte, Kevin Brown, Ashly Culver, Charlene Fraser, Kenna Jean-Baptiste, Emily Lau, Liz LeClerc, Amy Markarian, Jennifer Martin, Seana Quental, Jennifer Robinson, Emily Schlam, and Jesenia Tejada.
This semester’s students held a “Senior Prom” at Symphony Plaza with a fundraiser at Jake Ivory’s Piano Bar. Symphony Plaza is an elderly low income housing apartment subsidized by the federal governments HUD (housing and urban development division).
Course members: David Cadet, Sarah Coburn, Nicole Costa, Dee Colon, Jodi Davenport, Amy Fischer, Jesse Jolly, Jessica Roeder, Megan Krell, Nicole Nordeste, Laura Hamill, Manuel Solis, and Josh Turner.
This semester’s students raised money and donated it to Project Hope, an agency that works to make health care available to all people, especially children.
Course members: Jessica Thompson, Caroline Ryan, Megan Murphy, Shy Jamal, Dannelle Tucker, and Tessa Woodnick.
This semester’s students conducted a book drive. Book donations went to local children’s hospitals and elementary schools.
This semester’s students held a Silent Witness and had a cell phone drive to raise awareness for Domestic Violence.
Course members: Lauren Brown, Heather Bulter, Mistie Conner, Christine Ditri, Renee Drobinski, Meghan Elliot, Liz Fahey, Erica Ferndandez, Amanda Johnston, Lana Klebnova, Katlyn Marple, Amanda Phillips, Jennifer Rosenthal and Mara Zalkim.
This semester’s students held a dodgeball tournament to raise money to help build a playground for a local school.
This semester’s students held a 50′s styled party for the residents of Symphony Plaza. Symphony Plaza is an elderly low income housing apartment subsidized by the federal governments HUD (housing and urban development division). This was a community wide event and allowed the members to socialize, dance and eat with their neighbors and introduce the Northeastern students to members of their community.
Course members: Claire Backenstow, Joy Baldini, Nicole Beatty, Annie Casarella, Kristy case, Jesslyn Delaney, Desire Deschaine, Lindsay Ferrante, Danielle Fourier, Ashley Gardner, Julie Hefez, Nora Kenny-Houser, Jennifer Kimball, Ain Leyba-Tripps, Ashley Manferdini, Nicole Martini, and Karen Pierce.