Princeton AlumniCorps is a volunteer-led organization.
Each year, more than 200 volunteers around the country not only support our programs, but shape and lead them. The exceptional quality of our programs is a direct result of the commitment and talent of our volunteers. Volunteering with AlumniCorps is an outstanding way to have a direct impact on the leadership development of our Fellows, Emerging Leaders, and Innovators.
AlumniCorps currently offers programs in Boston, Chicago, Connecticut (Norwalk and Stamford), New Jersey (Newark and Princeton/Trenton), New York City, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Washington, DC. Area Committees are groups of alumni volunteers who manage AlumniCorps programs locally in these regions. In most cases, this means the Project 55 Fellowship Program, but in New York and Washington, DC, we also have local volunteers supporting Emerging Leaders and ARC Innovators. We are always looking for new volunteers to join our local committees. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about how to get involved in your city.
Though each area may differ slightly, generally there are several roles within each committee:
- Committee Co-Chairs provide strategic leadership for the area committee, plan and convene meetings (monthly or every other month), and attend national calls with co-chairs from other committees. Co-chairs also make long-term plans for their committee, including recruiting and training their successors, and regularly communicate with AlumniCorps staff.
- Partner Organization Liaisons steward relationships with all existing nonprofit partners and recruit new organizations for Project 55 placements and ARC Innovators projects. Through site visits and other regular communications, you’ll gain a deep knowledge of the local nonprofit sector, develop strong relationships with organizational leaders, and help shape the AlumniCorps placement portfolio in their city. For this crucial role, we look for volunteers who are settled in their city and can get to know our partner organizations over several years.
- Seminar Chairsplan regular educational programs for Project 55 fellows, usually monthly but in some areas weekly. The seminars are an essential component of the fellowship program, providing context for fellows’ daily work and opportunities to explore public interest topics. As seminar chair, you will identify topics and formats for seminars; secure speakers and moderators; arrange logistics like space and food; and communicate with fellows about each program. Our seminar chairs are great organizers who want to broaden their network of leaders and expose others to relevant trends and topics in social impact work. AlumniCorps provides each area committee a budget for seminars and events, so funding is taken care of.
- The Mentorship Coordinator in each area recruits and matches alumni mentors with incoming fellows. As with the seminars, mentoring is an essential component of the Project 55 experience and a core value of everything AlumniCorps does. As mentorship coordinator, you will recruit a roster of mentors from the local alumni community, match them with incoming fellows based on shared interests, coordinate an orientation dinner for mentors, and monitor the progress of each mentorship pair, troubleshooting as necessary. Our mentorship coordinators know that having the right mentor can change a fellow’s career trajectory, transform an intractable challenge into an indispensable lesson, and amplify a fellow’s personal and professional growth.
- The Fellow Support teamserves as an ongoing resource and response team for Project 55 fellows throughout the year. As our fellows transition to post-college life and work, the Fellow Support team provides advice on housing and budgeting, plans annual welcome/orientation and closing events, and helps acclimate the fellows to their new city. If a fellow encounters unexpected challenges during the year, the Fellow Support team, in partnership with that fellow’s mentor, can provide guidance. This is an excellent opportunity to influence and advise fellows as they move through their first year after college.
- Social Chairsplan the really fun stuff. Welcome dinners, holiday parties, happy hours, cultural outings, mixers with other fellowship programs, and other informal get-togethers—AlumniCorps is about community, and we believe that community should be fun.
- Communications Chairs get the word out about the great things happening in their area. They write articles and regional updates for our Shared Effort newsletter, post events to Facebook and live tweet seminars, take photos, and look for other opportunities to promote AlumniCorps programs locally.
You don’t have to be a former fellow or Princeton alum to join an area committee. You just have to believe in our programs and be willing to commit your time and talents supporting our program participants and nonprofit partners. In addition to the satisfaction of contributing to AlumniCorps, you will network with Princeton alumni, get to know the nonprofit community in your city, and build your skills. The time commitment varies, but most area committee members attend one meeting or event per month.
Bring AlumniCorps to your city.
If you are interested in launching an AlumniCorps program in your city, start by recruiting a few other alumni volunteers to serve as an area committee. Once you have four or five committed individuals and a vision for the program you would like to start, contact AlumniCorps staff to discuss next steps. Several of our area committees have forged great relationships with local Princeton alumni clubs, and this is a good place to start looking for committee members. Additionally, you can reach out to AlumniCorps staff for names of alumni in our database who live near you and might be interested in getting involved.