I came to San Diego to pursue my PhD and do research in the Caster Center for Applied Nonprofit Research. However, after I arrived I couldn't help but get involved with a local nonprofit too. What can I say--I love what I do!! I was offered the opportunity to serve as part-time Director of the Jenna Druck Foundation, a wonderful nonprofit founded in 1996 to honor the legacy of Jenna who passed away at age 21. We have two wonderful programs--Families Helping Families, which provides grief support to parents who are grieving over the loss of their child. And the Young Women's Leadership program which provides leadership development opportunities for High School girls.
Now my schedule is jam packed with school and work and I am working really hard to manage my priorities so I can be a successful student, research assistant, and nonprofit manager. I am excited, nervous, confidant and determined in my dual roles and I am grateful for the opportunity to apply my leadership training and education in my work place.
I may not be blogging as much as I originally planned to due to my super busy schedule however I'll do my best to share what I'm learning in both roles--the good and the challenging.