ALUMNI OF THE WEEK: AMANDA TRASK

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Amanda Trask is a MPF Alumna who served in Class XII & Class XIII at the Plymouth County DA’s Office in Brockton, MA. She is currently the Community Coordinator at the Old Colony YMCA Big Sister Big Brother Program.

1.  What motivated you to become a Promise Fellow?

I was motivated to serve because I wanted to give back to the community I grew up in. I had so many opportunities as a young person there and wanted to ensure that kids continue to have opportunities to grow and continue to pay it forward. I also knew several of the Promise Fellows that served in Brockton when I was younger, and had always looked up to them during my experiences at Brockton After Dark.

2. What is your favorite memory to look back on when thinking about MPF (either at your host site or monthly meetings/events)?

I would have to say there are a few…  One was putting together, (with the help of Yves), a most colorful MPF Swag Fashion Show featuring an epic Thriller Dance.  Another was DJ’ing Prom at Spring Retreat, along with some magical performances invoking the likes of Mary J. Blige, Nikki Minaj, and Nina Simone at our Talent Show.

3. What is your role today and what is the most rewarding part of your job?

My current role involves oversight of site-based mentoring programs in different schools and housing communities in Brockton, and also managing youth violence prevention work through a youth “Ladder of Leadership” and a teen advisory council.
4. Describe the greatest adventure of your life.
Perhaps it hasn’t yet happened…But in the meantime, I would say traveling all over! I know that sounds stereotypical, but it’s such an individual experience that tests you and prepares you to be resilient for whatever life throws at you.  It doesn’t matter where I’ve been, I’ve always learned, laughed, and loved through the adventure!
5. If you had 45 seconds to share some valuable pieces of advice to the current class of Promise Fellows (about their year of service or post MPF), what would you say?
Keep on doin’ good, and remember, no blashacking (blaming, shaming, attacking). The world needs your love, and it’s good for the soul.
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