#RickySmith, Miami '12. As his pic suggests, Ricky is very comfortable in dialoguing with his elected representatives. During his interview, he shares how he was inspired from his Public Allies experience to develop his own nonprofit to connect Opportunity Youth in Dade County, Florida. Rickysmith
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#RobinJackson, Indianapolis '12. Robin Jackson is a fresh new alum of Public Allies Indianapolis, and is about to start grad school in philanthropic studies and nonprofit management. As a performance artist, she's excited about using her voice to amplify the Opportunity Youth platform
#AmeliaKolokihakaufisi, Silicon Valley '08, '09. Amelia knows the Opportunity Youth experience first hand, as she dropped out of college as a junior to support her family. Public Allies was an opportunity for her to get reconnected to higher education, and to serve her community - and she is fired up to advance this issue next month at the Summit and Hill Day.
#AllisonBendanis, Central Florida '12. Allison started her career in advertising, and then left that to find her passion as an Public Ally. Allison spent that year connecting foster care youth to employment and higher education. On this podcast, she shares her "best practice" on making that connection happen
#ClaudineConstant, Connecticut '11 and '12. Claudine shares how her Public Allies experience helped her discover what she's passionate about, and how she could channel that into improving her community. She believes that that's a key formula for mobilizing this Opportunity Youth population from being out of school and out of work onto pathways of higher education and employment.
#ShefonTaylor, Delaware '11, '12. Shefon is inspired to be part of this summit because she wants to shape policy, and change the culture of how we look at Opportunity Youth. "We have to ask ourselves, what are the consequences of having young people not having hope for the future?"