Since I became a fellow with the Center for Civic Engagement, I have been amazed at what I have been able to do as part of the team, and as an assistant to a community partner. For the past two and a half months, I have been working alongside GUAAC (Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition) whose mission statement reads: aspires to inspire neighbors to unite to build a better greater Uniondale community.
My job as a fellow is to assist GUAAC in reaching their goals as an organization that looks to better the Uniondale community. Since I started working with GUAAC, I have learned that getting a job done is not always easy. Sometimes, in fact many times, there can be hurdles in the way. The important thing to do is to recognize those hurdles and move forward. So far, we have been making progress. We are working towards empowering Uniondale residents in an effort to better the community overall.
Once a week, I meet with GUAAC to discuss strategies, plan agendas, and find ways in which we can unite to be a voice for the Uniondale community. In working with GUAAC, I am able to showcase various skills that are useful for any career. Knowing how to brainstorm, execute, and facilitate are all skills that are needed once you reach the workplace.
The best part of becoming a fellow with Hofstra University’s Center for Civic Engagement is the idea that I am playing my part to create REAL change on campus and in the neighboring areas.