November 6, 2016
Meet Our New AmeriCorps Members!
This academic year for Dream Project started off with some changes, including the new AmeriCorps members’ faces at the front of the office — Anh Huynh and Emily Murphy!
Anh Huynh is new to the Dream Project and brings extensive experience as a FIG leader, academic tutor, student researcher in implicit bias, and mentor to fellow college students through UW’s Academic Support Programs. She is interested in becoming a psychology teacher or professor later on and is very passionate about social justice and equity work. She’s looking forward to working with the Dream Project community this year.
Emily Murphy has been in Dream Project since January 2014 as a mentor at HS3 and Ingraham High School. She served as a Dream Project Steering member, working on Dream Project events, and as a College and Career Readiness Assistant at Cascade Middle School in Auburn. She served as President of Huskies for Suicide Prevention & Awareness and is passionate about mental health student support. She also knows a lot of great icebreakers from her time as a camp counselor and is looking forward to supporting the program this year.
This year, AmeriCorps has a greater role in providing programmatic support with different bodies of leadership within Dream Project. While both Emily and Anh support High School Leads, Anh works specifically with the recruitment team and web development while Emily oversees the events team. This year they hope to contribute to the professional training of leaders by helping to equip them with the tools and knowledge in leadership development and education equity so they can in turn better support mentor-mentee relations. More specifically, this autumn quarter Anh and Emily participated in SERVES, an AmeriCorps-sponsored conference, where they engaged in various workshops on effective communication, leadership development, and cultural awareness. Through this experience, the pair had an invaluable opportunity to reflect on their work with Dream Project as well as to strengthen their knowledge and skills in helping mentors navigate college-access work successfully. It has been a busy quarter so far, but nothing Anh and Emily can’t handle!