Monday, May 18, 2015

1000 Words: When You Give, You Get

It can be hard to describe to people what the LA Fellows experience is before they've lived it firsthand. Knowing that a picture is worth 1,000 words, here are a few to help you visualize what it's like to be an LA Fellow.

It's not uncommon for people who hear about LA Fellows to think "I need to find a paying job, how can I spend 100 hours of my job search time to volunteer - for free?" The volunteer component of the program actually helps Fellows get back to work faster in several ways:
  • The matching process is structured to give Fellows an opportunity to practice the skills they learn in class someplace other than the high-pressure environment of an interview.
  • It gives structure to the job search, encourages time management and improves focus.
  • Working for a cause they feel passionate about, and making a difference, bolsters confidence.
  • It's a chance to learn new skills and exercise established ones to show employers current relevant experience on a resume.
  • The Fellows project a community-focused image and expand their networks to include active leaders in their communities.
Here are images from just a few of the 300+ LA fellows who've used their time to make a difference in the community while making a difference in their job search.

Center for Nonprofit Management
My Friends Place
Center for Nonprofit Management

Operation Gratitude
Habitat for Humanity
Operation Gratitude

The Soldiers Project
Learn more about the LA Fellows program at 

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