YNPN St. Louis has a diverse membership supported by many disciplines of the nonprofit sector. Our members come from over 70 nonprofits in St. Louis and six universities. We would like to highlight some of our great members including Justine Collum, a Development Assistant at EnergyCare.
- How long have you lived in St. Louis? I grew up in North County and moved to the Shaw neighborhood in 2006. I love the City and especially Shaw. There are amazing things happening in St. Louis that I’m proud to be a part of.
- How did you get involved in YNPN? I joined YNPN because, although I had worked a couple of nonprofit jobs before starting college, I didn’t know very many people in the field. I wanted to start early, building the relationships I knew I would need down the road. Whether it was to get jobs, advice, build partnerships, or whatever. I wanted to reach out and network with the right people.
- Why have you focused your career on the nonprofit sector? My passion is helping people. I knew I wanted to do something good in the world, and I thought that nonprofit development was the way to do that. I still do grassroots activism in my free time, but I like continuing my do-gooding at work.
- What advice would you give to young professionals considering a nonprofit job? Volunteer. I got some of my best “job experience” through a volunteer development position that I found on volunteermatch.org. It’s a great way to develop skills, learn and see what working in the nonprofit sector is really like.
- If you could learn a new skill, what would it be? I want to learn to play guitar. I have one in my closet; I just need to teach myself.
- What do you hope to accomplish that you haven't yet? I want to work in development full time. Right now I have an amazing part time development job, and I supplement my income at the best neighborhood bar in St. Louis.
- What has been your favorite YNPN STL event? Why? Coffee with 9 Strangers. I really had a chance to sit down and get to know people in a non-threatening setting. I am a bit shy, which is a big challenge when you need to be out meeting donors and making other connections. So having a chance to sit down with people in my field, who I can potentially learn from, and have practice forming relationships, is really nice.
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