Concentrating on Myself and My Passions

After I saw an email that my school sent out about the PLEN Women Unlocking Nonprofits seminar, I thought it was the perfect seminar for me because I was about to graduate college and start my AmeirCorps Vista Term. With the hope of starting my own nonprofit one day, I wanted to gain a clear understanding of the nonprofit world. With the help of one of the directors at Higher Ground, a non-profit in Tucson, I was able to apply for the scholarship.

Going into the seminar I had no idea what to expect, but it one of the best investments I could have made. I learned essential skills such as networking and salary negotiation. I also learned tricks to improve my resume and how to use my skills specifically in the nonprofit world.

One of my biggest takeaways is the advice to work for a few years then go to graduate school, which is a decision that I have been battling with the last couple of months. Another big takeaway was getting an understanding of what I am really passionate about. The seminar’s panelists gave me an outlook on different careers that I had no idea about and the different aspects of a nonprofit.

The direct service panel was the most inspiring which helped influence my decision to eventually go back for Masters in Social Work. Previous to attending this seminar, all I knew was that I was interested in starting my own nonprofit focusing on youth, education and the foster system. I was unsure what path to take to pursue this passion. However, the three days that I spent at PLEN made me concentrate on myself, who I am and what I am passionate about. I am so excited to use all that I learned and apply it to my year of service, my first job and eventually my own nonprofit.

 


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Imani White attended the 2017 PLEN Women Unlocking Nonprofits seminar during her senior year at San Francisco State University.

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