This week, Tutors for All would like you to meet our associates! Some of the youngest members of our team, these three work in different aspects to help us run efficiently and expand our impact. Get to know them:
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Corey: I am a Special Projects Associate with the organization. From day to day the job is usually full of surprises, mainly because the tasks I do vary regularly. I’m originally from Vermont, so living in Boston has been quite an experience! Right now I am in my second year at Northeastern University, studying Civil Engineering. My time as an intern with my high school’s athletic director really shaped my view on how important intricacies are to making things work both internally and externally. I draw parallels between that experience and the work I am doing now.
Lena: My name is Lena Umar and I am currently the Curriculum Associate for Tutors for All. I was born in Pakistan and migrated to the United States at the age of two and have been here ever since! I initially started with T4A as a tutor in the summer of 2016 at Codman Academy teaching math. Along with being the CA for this wonderful organization, I am attending Simmons College pursuing my BA in Public Health. I am in my final year and will be graduating in the spring! In addition, I am working as a clinical research intern at Joslin Diabetes researching a new drug to be put on the market. In my free time, I love to cook and bake pastries, read, watch movies and go hiking.
Jessica: My name is Jessica Chan I’m the Marketing Associate for T4A. I manage and post our social media accounts, create our marketing/newsletter emails, manage/produce website content, and help out with any communications tasks. I’m happy to say that this is my second year working with T4A as Marketing Associate! I’m a local from Foxboro, MA and am currently in my second year at Northeastern University studying Finance with a minor in journalism. I also work as a video production assistant for the Northeastern Athletics Department, with the ultimate goal of learning more about sideline reporting. My interests include listening to and creating music, watching sports, traveling, and volunteering!
What drew you to Tutors for All?
Corey: I wasn’t very familiar with Tutors for All before working here, but in doing research into the organization I found myself intrigued by the astounding results that have come because of the tutoring done at each program. After seeing that, I knew Tutors for All was a place I would be glad to work at.
Lena: Prior to joining Tutors for All, I was a tutor at the high school I attended. For a long time, I have loved teaching and mentoring students and when I saw the position open at T4A I knew I had to join!
Jessica: When searching for a work-study job my freshman year of college, I knew I wanted to do something that made an impact. Luckily, I came across T4A’s listing on my school’s student employment site and immediately jumped on it! I was so impressed by the organizations mission and results, and I had an interest in teaching/education and marketing/communications, so T4A was the perfect match.
What is the most rewarding part about working for T4A? What have you learned so far?
Corey: It’s very rewarding knowing that the work I am doing either leads to the programs being run more seamlessly, or alleviates the burden for other employees. I’ve learned a lot about how an organization has to be strong at its core in order for it to function on a wider scale, and Tutors for All is a shining example of that.
Lena: Watching a student grow overtime has been the most rewarding experience for me. To see them gain confidence in areas of improvement was such a joy to watch. In my time at T4A I have learned that patience is key when working with students. Not everyone learns at the same pace so it’s important to find a balance when working with multiple students!
Jessica: For me, there are actually two most rewarding parts of working for T4A. The first is being able to interact directly with our followers, partners, and friends. The community we have supporting us is amazing, and it’s been a wonderful experience to be on the front line of communication with such an active, tight-knit group. Secondly, being able to work with students and see their progress allows me to see the direct impact of our efforts – it’s fascinating! I’ve learned tons this year about nonprofit marketing.
What are you most looking forward to in your work with T4A in 2017-2018?
Corey: I am looking forward to becoming more involved and familiar with the planning and preparation that goes into running a tutoring program, and developing my skills with the technology that is used on a daily basis. Beyond that, learning more about the history of the organization is something I am looking forward to.
Lena: I look forward to building new relationships with my students and enhancing their growth and development. I also look forward to being their mentor and provide much guidance to them as I can as an educator.
Jessica: In the short term, I’m looking forward to getting the word out about our End of Year Appeal. The numbers we saw from Giving Tuesday alone were really encouraging, so I’m super excited to see what happens the rest of the year. Long term, I’m looking forward to getting back into tutoring and becoming more skilled at communications and marketing in the nonprofit sector!
What has been your most memorable T4A experience so far?
Corey: I recall being asked to carry the desserts to my first staff meeting, and being allowed first selection among all the employees of what I wanted. That was a very generous gesture by the staff who for the most part I did not know at that point.
Lena: My most memorable moment was when a student of mine wanted to solve questions with me on the board even after they finished their assigned packet. I felt so proud because this was a student who never wanted to attend tutorial and put in the work. However, overtime they showed how capable they were of learning the challenging material and wanted to further their knowledge in areas they struggled with. It was rewarding to see how much this student had grown over time.
Jessica: My most memorable T4A experience so far happened recently, when I checked on our donations for Giving Tuesday. I’d been pushing out messages via email and social media, but I didn’t know what to expect. After seeing that our donations had increased nearly 5x in such a short amount of time (basically overnight!), I felt so grateful for not only the outpouring of support we received, but also for the T4A team that worked so hard to get the appeal up and running.
What are your personal goals for the future?
Corey: My goals are to continue to pursue my education, and improve upon become a more well-rounded student. Working here has been a great way for me to learn skills that can be taken with me to use in in my own education.
Lena: In the future, I want to do help disadvantaged communities (both domestic and international) get better access to health care!
Jessica: Ultimately, my goals are to find stability through graduation and work, but also to make are that I leave time to be creative and serve those who may not have had the same opportunities I’ve had. Basically, I’m constantly working toward balance!
Is there anything else you’d like to include?
Corey: The staff has been very friendly and welcoming, not to mention helpful in answering any questions I have had. Great group of people!