LACE Fellow Feature: Jessica Young
Dec 5, 2016 by Caroline Humphrey
Follow the journey of our Leadership and Community Engagement (LACE) Fellows in weekly blog posts through out the year! Here they will share their experiences and the amazing work they complete at main service sites. These main sites are non-profits in the Providence community where Fellows have chosen to complete 150 hours of service.
Jessica Young: Providence ¡CityArts! For Youth
Hello! My name is Jessica Young, a junior in Illustration and a returning Leadership and Community Engagement (LACE) Fellow, as well as a returning Community Liaison (CL). I am continuing the work I did last year at Providence ¡CityArts! For Youth, a nonprofit organization that provides free after school art programs for children ages 8-14. As a CL, I help bridge the gap between RISD and CityArts by recruiting RISD volunteers, organizing events, being a Teacher’s Assistant in CityArts classes, and working in offices on the CityArts side and on the RISD side.
When asked if I wanted to continue my positions as a CL and LACE Fellow at the end of spring semester, I immediately said yes. I LOVE working at CityArts and I love that I can work at both RISD and CityArts for the same job but be surrounded by different people in different environments while working on different tasks depending if I’m at CityArts or if I’m at RISD. I believe a person needs to accept changing environments and be flexible and adaptable in order to be truly successful. Being in different environments with different people enables a person to view things from different perspectives and learn more about their surroundings.
I realized without the LACE Fellowship and CL position, I don’t know if I would feel whole. I look back to freshman year when I did not have these roles and I realize these are the things that I was missing in my life. Because of these positions, as well as the Pre-Orientation Service Experience, Alternative Spring Break, the Community Service Club, and the Center for Student Involvement in general, my college experience would be boring and I would not have learned as much as I have in the past (almost) 3 years from just studio. I like to believe most of my learning experiences have been through working with all the wonderful people in the Center for Student Involvement. I’m looking forward to another amazing year!