Promise Fellow Week Career Day: Meet Jeremy Kazanjian-Amory!

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Jeremy Kazanjian-Amory, MPF Alum, Senior Manager of College Access & Success at St. Stephen's Youth Programs

To put it simply, my two years of service with the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship changed my life. I came into my first year very unsure about what I wanted to do in my life, and emerged with a clear vision for my own future. It helped light the fire within me to continue to work in the areas of educational access, and work to make sure that all our young people are able to graduate high school and take the next step towards a successful adulthood. In both MPF and my host site, St. Stephen's Youth Programs, I found a community of people commited not only to the young people and communities of Boston, but also deeply supportive of one another. My fellowship experience provided me a unique opportunity to be exposed to youth work, while still being able to grow and develop through the trainings and support of MPF. It gave me the chance to meet the inspiring youth of St. Stephen's Youth Program, who put up with me while I continued to develop. I feel truly lucky to have had the opportunity to serve in MPF, and I know that I would not be on the track I am today without the support, skills, and overall experience that MPF provided. 

I was able to develop a tremendous amount of skills during my two years of MPF. Practically I gained valuable experience in the field, developing a wide range of skills related to project management, college advising, curriculum and workshop development and so much more. In addition, beyond the practical work experience, I also developed a community and support system, that I know will continue to be there as I move forward in my life. I have become a better youth worker, mentor, co-worker, advisor, supervisor and learner. MPF also helped me develop a passion to continue to learn, as I know that becoming a good youth worker means that you can never be satisfied with what you know. Through our trainings and monthly meetings, I gained a framework of reflection that is crucial to continuing to develop. Basically I gained so much from MPF and will forever be grateful for my two years of service. 

After my two years of service in MPF, I am happy to say that I got hired on at my host site, St. Stephen's Youth Programs, as the Sr. Manager of College Access & Success. In this role I get to continue to develop the programs I oversaw during my years of service, and work to take them all to the next level. In addition to supporting 9th through 12th graders as they navigate the journey through high school and beyond, I am working to try and create  curriculum for our elementary and middle school programs related to exposure and expereince. I have also been given the oppoortunity to envision and develop and alumni program that aims to support our students throughout their post-high school educational journeys. In addition to my job, I also am a Board member for MPF, and sit on the Community Advisory Board for Northeastern. I can honestly say that all of these opportunities and experiences are because of MPF, and I am looking forward to continuing to work to make sure that others are afforded the same opportunity.