Stephenie Hou is serving her second year at the Old Colony YMCA Big Sister Big Brother Program as the Community Engagement Fellow and Public Relations Coordinator Senior Fellow
1. What has been the greatest part about being a Senior Fellow?
The greatest part about being a Senior Fellow is being able to work closely with my Advising Group of seven Promise Fellows throughout the year and acting as a resource and “Coach” when necessary (my Advising Group calls me “Coach,” which I still think is hilarious). I appreciate being able to build relationships with Fellows one on one through small group meetings, hearing their stories of service and the passion they bring to their youth everyday. As the Public Relations Coordinator, it has also been great getting opportunities to challenge myself and practice my public speaking skills by facilitating trainings for Fellows on sharing their story of service and the importance of representing the MPF Brand in a positive way.
2. How has MPF prepared you for your future career aspirations?
My dream job is to work in a non-profit organization that focuses on intergenerational programs with both elders and young children. I want to plan different activities and mentoring programs where elders and youth are involved because there are so many benefits for each population when they work together and it is something that I am really passionate about. My degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University can also help me see myself as a case manager advocating for elders in the future.
MPF has prepared me for my future career aspirations through professional development opportunities which help me become more culturally competent, gain valuable leadership experience, network with other non-profit professionals, and also gain confidence in my ability to create and implement workshops for my youth. Also, an amazing benefit to being a Senior Fellow is that I am given $200 towards any professional development opportunity and I chose to use part of it towards a training on Intergenerational Issues in the Workplace and the rest will go to the 2016 Western MA Elder Care Conference in June, which I am really looking forward to!!!
3. What has been your favorite memory between both years of service?