Today's Loyalist PR graduate profile features Jenn Monje (2012/13) who is now employed as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Crawford County in Pittsburg, Kansas.
AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed to fight poverty in the United States.
In her role with BBBS, Jenn recruits volunteers, builds community partners, fundraises and plans events. She also oversees all of the organization's social media activities.
Prior to enrolling in the Post-Graduate Public Relations Program at Loyalist College, Jenn completed her diploma in Social Service Work (SSW) at Loyalist.
Loyalist PR: What made you decide to enrol in the Post-Grad PR Program at Loyalist?
Jenn: During my SSW program, I developed an interest in fundraising and planning events. One of my teachers in the program suggested I take the PR post-grad certificate.
Loyalist PR: How did Loyalist PR help prepare you for your current position?
Jenn: I honestly think if I had not taken this course, then I would be completely lost. I believe I have used a skill from every course in the program. I have had to use my writing and design skills to develop a monthly newsletter. I have been asked to do several small presentations to promote BBBS throughout the community. I have also had to multitask (to the extreme!) in this position, and I know that without the experience of having to multitask in the program, I would be struggling right now.
Not only that, but I believe I learned the importance of professionalism in the PR Program. I am speaking with very important community members on a daily basis, people who are huge donors of ours. Being professional is very important -- you never know who you are going to meet!
Loyalist PR: Any favourite memories of your year in Loyalist PR?
Jenn: My favourite memories of the year include planning and attending the PRISM Awards. I had a lot of fun making the decorations and working with the "Alice in Wonderland" theme. Our year had a group of very strong and interesting individuals, and I know it would not have been as memorable without them.
Loyalist PR: Any words of wisdom for this year's Loyalist PR crew?
Jenn: Pay attention in class. You never know where you will end up in the work field. Those skills that you think don't matter now, you might have to use on a daily basis in the near future.
Loyalist PR: Thanks so much for your insights, Jenn -- and all the best in your career!