Promise Fellow Week Career Day: Meet Cassandra Tavares

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Cassandra Tavares, MPF Alum, Project Manager at MGH Center for Community Health Improvement

Before I started my service as a Mass Promise Fellow, I was interested in education, specifically research, evaluation, and policy, and I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted to do. Being a Fellow made me appreciate the importance of direct service with young people, and it really made me see just how much practice, policy, research, and evaluation need to work together rather than separately to improve opportunities for young people. As a Fellow, I was able to see some of this come to fruition because my host site really valued the use of data and constantly had meaningful conversations on ways to strengthen programming and outcomes. I think my service made me even more passionate about evaluation and using it for program improvement, and it was one of the reasons I decided to get into program evaluation. 

During my service, I gained a lot more confidence in my ability to manage a program and really had a chance to hone my project management skills, including time management and prioritizing tasks, which are important in my current position. I have also enhanced my communication skills, especially in communicating with different audiences and stakeholders, and I have felt more comfortable voicing my opinion in a professional setting. 

I am currently a Project Manager on the Evaluation Team at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement, which is where I completed my MPF service. At CCHI, I evaluate youth development programs, which includes the program I worked with as a Fellow. I am blessed that I have the opportunity to work with the same wonderful people, and also implement valuable changes and see the program change over time.