March New Member Spotlight - Alex Sullivan!
What is your social-media-of-choice right now?
I am not the most connected social media user, as I only have a Facebook and LinkedIN accounts. However, I have been a member on LinkedIN for several years, but am finally just starting to use it as a networking tool as I begin to look for a job (I graduate in May). So, I guess I would say that I am getting the best use out of LinkedIN at for the time being.
What is one of your biggest ambitions?
I studied abroad my junior year of college, but never really got the living abroad itch out of my system. I am not sure how feasible that looks for me at the time being, but I am keeping my options open. Living in a Spanish-speaking country again is definitely on my 'bucket list.'
What attracted you to YNPN?
I heard about YNPN from one of my past professors and thought it would be a great opportunity for me as I start my career in the Social Work sector in the St. Louis area.
What's one of your personal favorite hidden gems in St. Louis?
I was born and raised in St. Louis, but spent a few years living in Colorado, which gave me a love for the outdoors. Although not directly in St. Louis, there are some great hikes on the outskirts of the city: Chubb Trail, Weldon Spring's Lewis and Clark Trail, and Cuivre River State Park are some of my favorite day-drive hikes right now. Missouri has a beautiful landscape and its outdoorsy gems are often overlooked. If you are not much of a walker/hiker, just drive down Highway 44 on a nice fall day and you will get the same feel!
One thing that excites you about the nonprofit sector?
I think that the nonprofit sector is really breaking into some great new technologies and practices that intrigue me. Although the nonprofit sector is inevitably behind science and business, I think that there are some really great things happening as collaboration becomes a bigger push for funders. Collaboration allows for bigger and better things to happen; less reinvention of the wheel and more working together to get great results.
Tell us something unique about your experience as a young professional.
My first real job after college was working for a private probation company in Colorado. This experience was definitely one of a kind for a 22 year old that did not have much experience or knowledge with the law more or less the offenders of the law! This experience definitely shaped/solidified my desire to work with youth. I think there is so much more that can be done in the prevention realm, as opposed to the punishment/restoration realm. So as much as I learned from that experience, I walked away with the social work mentality of wanting to help and make a difference for the people I work with before it is too late.