Fellow Stories

Our fellows have a wide variety of  experiences in their Fellowships. Between unique job placements, mentor experiences, cohort members and coaching sessions, there is no typical New Sector Fellow. Here are just a few examples of our Fellows’ journeys.

DAWN: Commitment to Impact

Dawn Albert came to the New Sector RISE program looking for skills and direction after work in the social sector post-college. She explains, “‘I was lacking a framework for seeing what my niche could be in the social sector and the skills I’d need to get there.” Dawn’s fellowship placement was at Aspire Public Schools, a growing national network of 38 charter schools, where her main focus was piloting new processes for gathering organization-wide feedback regarding Aspire’s new observation model.As a result of her time there, Aspire Public Schools gained a stronger toolkit, increased teacher engagement with video resources, and saw quicker adoption of best practices that affect student learning. Dawn has accepted a full-time position at Aspire Public Schools, where she leads the design and implementation of a video-based effectiveness tool.

SOTONYE: Building Leadership SkilLs

Sotonye Hart became a New Sector RISE Fellow in order to deepen her understanding of what it could mean to work in the social sector after college. Through her placement at UCAN, a social service agency that works with children who have experienced trauma, she developed and implemented trainings that helped direct service partners better report on their outcomes; UCAN now has dramatically better data to drive quality improvement. Sotonye credits her growth to a combination of formal trainings, a supportive supervisor at UCAN, and New Sector’s cohort model. Sotonye is now doing research on violence intervention and expects to pursue an advanced degree in clinical psychology in the future.

WESLEY: Vibrant community

Wesley White came to New Sector’s program to benefit from the structured learning environment and coaching that he knew a typical entry-level social sector job was unlikely to provide. At his placement at TechSoup, Wes built organizational capacity for effective storytelling. He notes that through the New Sector training curriculum, he learned a range of skills, from delivering effective presentations to managing up in the workplace. He is now putting these skills to use in a program management role at TechSoup. Wes credits the community of Fellows in his cohort as a key to his success and is confident he’ll continue to benefit from and support the New Sector community.

JOELLE: Career Vision and direction

After college, Joelle Hughley knew she wanted to work in the social sector, but like so many early career professionals, she found the sector difficult to navigate. She was excited about the support and career development woven into New Sector’s programs. As a New Sector RISE Fellow, Joelle completed a placement at the YMCA of the Twin Cities, where she focused on volunteer engagement strategy and partnerships. Joelle credits the training and support she received at New Sector with building her confidence in challenging positions, and her understanding of how broader industry trends influence her work. As a result, she identified how to best pursue and succeed in jobs she is most passionate about. Now, Joelle works in Social Responsibility for the YMCA, where her work enables a more diverse and inclusive community across the organization.