Community Outreach alumni continue to meet the identified needs of communities by directly serving citizens, partnering with community based organizations and shaping public policy through advocacy initiatives. Many of our alumni are leaders in their careers and communities, while still taking time to work with CO students to help them achieve their goals. We provide opportunities for CO Alumni to:
- Continue to serve communities in need
- Engage with current CO students
- Socialize and network with other CO alumni
- Participate in development initiatives for CO
Alumni – We would love to hear from you! Please connect with Gina DeVivo Brassaw at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know how you would like to stay involved!
Laura Knox ‘14 was always involved in volunteer programs growing up and in high school so it was inevitable that she would continue to stay involved as a student at UConn. She was a bit lost as a freshman but knew that she wanted to challenge herself and take a risk and so she felt that going on a week-long service trip to Atlanta with 15 strangers was a perfect opportunity. Her journey didn’t stop there. She continued to participate in Alternative Break trips each year traveling to Atlanta, Alabama, Mississippi and then twice as a leader to Costa Rica.
After graduating from UConn in 2012 from the Human Development and Family Studies program, she immediately joined City Year Los Angeles as an AmeriCorps volunteer. She first served full-time in an elementary school as a tutor, mentor, and role model for students who were behind their grade-level and then returned for a second year as a Team Leader. She is currently working as a staff member with City Year as a Service Coordinator where she runs a curriculum called the “Idealist’s Journey.”
On January 20, 2014, Community Outreach had approximately 130 volunteers for the annual MLK Day of Service. This year we were excited to have three CO Alums join us in making it “a day on, not a day off”. Lauren Young ’11, Jill McCann ’13, and Lisa Kivell ’13, each participated in service projects alongside current CO student leaders and participants.