Ambassador Profiles

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Ali_Hasan.jpgName: Ali Hasan

Agency: The America's Second Harvest at The Big Bend

Email: sah15c@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Major: Psychology

Year: Junior

Dream job: My dream job is to one day become a licensed Clinical or Counseling Psychologist. I have always wanted to do a job that made an impact in people's lives and being a Psychologist I am the primary source for helping solve or find steps to make that individuals life better.

Hobbies: My hobbies include playing sports, such as basketball and football. I also really enjoy listening to music which helps me relax, and binge watching show on Netflix.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to become a Community Ambassador because one thing that holds a place in my heart is helping those in need. Community service is something people do just to do it, but when I do Community service I see myself making a change in someone else’s life. Homelessness is something that traumatically changes a person’s life and the way people view these individuals, and it is very prevalent here in the Tallahassee area. I am glad to have been paired with Second Harvest because I am now making a bigger change in my community and in other communities by providing these individuals with a basic need in life, food. At the end of the day these people are still human and do not deserve to be looked over due to a sad circumstance that put them where they are today. Being a Community Ambassador will allow me to make that change in my community and those around me.

 

Allison_hanley.jpgName: Allison Hanley

Agency: Capital City Youth Services

Email: ahh15@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Plantation, FL

Major: Religion and Political Science

Year: 3rd year Senior

Dream job: Public Policy Analyst. I see myself aiding in research pertaining to mass incarceration, racial injustice, and homelessness in our nation. I hope to enact positive, sustainable change through the reform of overly harsh and restrictive policies that affect the lives of millions of Americans. In the future, I want to change the fact that the State of Florida spends more on the Department of Corrections than on higher education. I eventually want to increase and implement programs and policies that aid in correcting disparities in our institutions.

Hobbies: I have been playing rugby for seven years now, when I’m off the pitch I am usually either reading or talking excessively. I love parks and talking to people from all walks of life.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to become an Ambassador because I wanted to learn about the inner-workings of a non-profit organization in Tallahassee since I am a part of this city’s community, not just the University’s community. I have always had a passion for helping the disadvantaged and thought this program would allow me to have a positive impact on their lives. CCYS focuses on family preservation while trying to prevent youth homelessness, domestic abuse, and juvenile crime. I am extremely interested in these topics as they effect such a large portion of today’s youth and I am so excited for this opportunity to learn about these issues through my organization. I look forward to using FSU’s resources to serve the interest of CCYS and increase the participation of my fellow students in CCYS’ cause.

 

caleb_dawkins.jpgName: Caleb Dawkins

Agency: Boys Town North Florida

Email: cmd15g@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Major: Political Science

Year: Sophomore

Dream job: Vice President of Student Affairs

Hobbies: Graphic Design, Youth Mentorship

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

I became a Community Ambassador to truly get invested within an organization in the Tallahassee area. I find that it is easy to get wrapped up in Florida State and to think that Tallahassee starts and end with FSU but that is simply not true. As a Community Ambassador, I want to bridge the gap between students and the youth in the Tallahassee area. I want to help spread the knowledge that I’ve learned to the youth at Boys Town in the hopes to help them build their futures. Helping them understand that the world is so much bigger than themselves and also that we all play a part. 

 

christine_lopez.jpgName: Christine Lopez

Agency: Kids Incorporated

Email: cml14n@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Miami, FL

Major: Psychology with a certificate in Interdepartmental Developmental Disabilities

Year: Junior

Dream job: I would love to pursue Speech Language Pathology and work one on one with children in a therapeutic setting.

Hobbies: I enjoy reading, listening to music, going kayaking, and hiking in new place.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

I applied to be an ambassador because I value the mission that Community Ambassadors represents, sharing the resources that FSU has to offer with the Tallahassee community to help both thrive. Working at Kids Incorporated, I get to help children and families have more resources to be able to grow and learn. Kids Incorporated has a mission of decreasing the achievement gap and helping families excel. I am excited to gain firsthand experience with a non-profit that is dedicated to helping families and I believe it will help me gain new leadership skills in public speaking, networking, and volunteer coordinating. I hope to give Kids Inc. and FSU a strong relationship that both can prosper in.

 

david_carre.jpgName: David Carré

Agency: Damayan Garden Project

Email: dac15d@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Miramar, FL

Major: International Affairs/ Economics

Year: 3rd Year

Dream job: Foreign Service Officer

Hobbies: Yoga, meditation, HBO's The Leftovers

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

When I first chose to become an Ambassador, my decision was grounded in wanting to learn about and be of service for others. Now, entering my second year of the program I realize how much deeper the Community Ambassadors Program runs. As an Ambassador, I have the opportunity to both orient and learn alongside my peers through their journeys with service. I have learned a great deal about engaging the community and helping individuals of all sorts tap into their potential. In return, the folks that I am so lucky to work with do the same for me. I believe that a desire for peace and happiness is ingrained in human nature, and the Community Ambassador Program is a great incubator for anyone who has made such aspirations the bedrock of their personal development.

 

donachy_blanc.jpgName: Donachy Blanc

Agency: Capital City Youth Services Inc.

Email: Db14m@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Immokalee, FL

Major: Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences

Year: Junior

Dream job: Medical Doctor

Hobbies: I enjoy playing basketball, football and hanging out with my friends.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to become an Ambassador to seek leadership involvement on campus and to make a difference in the community.  As an ambassador for the Capital City Youth Services, I look forward to working with my co-chair and my outreach supervisor in the various events that we as an agency have plan to raise funds. My passion aligns with the Ambassador Program because the programs that the agency offers are important and relatable from my hometown.

 

elizabeth_murray.jpgName: Elizabeth Murray

Agency: Second Harvest Food Bank

Email: eam16g@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: St. Cloud, FL

Major: Social Work with a minor in Child Development

Year: Sophomore

Dream job: After graduating, I’d love to join the Peace Corps and volunteer in their Youth in Development sector. Following that, I’m considering working with at-risk and disadvantaged communities.

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with friends and family, camping/the outdoors, binging my favorite shows with my roommates, and participating in the occasional IM sport. I am also involved with the Social Justice Living Learning Community as a mentor.
 

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

The Community Ambassador program appealed to me, because it provided me with the opportunity to implement what I’ve learned about social change and social justice. Being a part of the Social Justice LLC my freshman year, I was thoroughly educated on the process of social change and the benefit of community service; the Community Ambassador program allows me to use this knowledge to serve the Tallahassee community. I hope that by the end of this experience, I would have gained valuable insight into the work of nonprofit organizations and can genuinely say that I contributed to the betterment of the Tallahassee community, provided Second Harvest with steady volunteers and funds, and taken steps towards enacting effective social change.

 

faith_ciavarella_0.jpgName: Faith Ciavarella

Agency: 4 - H

Email: fac15@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Nyack, New York

Major: Choral Music Education

Year: Junior

Dream job: My dream job is to be able to teach back home in the New York Public School System after attending Graduate School for BY certification.

Hobbies: My hobbies include staying active by going on outdoor runs around campus, spending time with family and loved ones, and listening to music/watching shows on Netflix or Hulu.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I wanted to become involved with the ambassador program so I could better serve the community around me. By learning more about 4 – H and it’s abundance of opportunity offered to children nationwide, I’ve been made aware of the impact it makes on these individual’s personal lives. Through a vast variety of service, it is possible to touch the lives of growing children and inspire them to pursue hidden passions they didn’t know they had. I am enthusiastic to participate in this journey to help children find joy in educational passions and see how this change impacts these individuals and the community they create around them as well.

 

francesca_sthilaire.jpgName: Francesca St. Hilaire

Agency: Grace Mission

Email: fs16b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Sunrise, FL

Major: Family and Child Sciences

Year: Sophomore

Dream job: I aspire to become a Physician that will essentially serve the under served populations that may not have access to healthcare.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, watching Grey's Anatomy, and shopping.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to become a Community Ambassador because of my passion for helping others. I am a firm believer that everyone should help others, and it is my hope that I will bring more awareness to the programs offered by Grace Mission so that the more people are willing to help assist the program. Being in this position, I am able to use the resources that are offered here at Florida State and help the lives of disadvantaged children through academics and extracurricular activities. In the future, I will hope to form my own non-profit agency. Being able to work alongside the Directors of Grace Mission will give me the tools and insight I will need to know on how to operate an agency. I’m looking forward to making this school year an exciting, activity filled year for the students of the Grace Mission after school programs.

 

jacob_tompkins.jpgName: Jake Tompkins

Agency: Leon County Humane Society

Email: jbt16d@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Hartville, Ohio

Major: Actuarial Science

Year: Senior

Dream job: Wildlife conservationist who builds animal sanctuaries for endangered species around the world.

Hobbies: Some of my favorite things to do in my free time includes advocating for animal rights, environmental conservation work, watching horror movies, reading by the lake, drinking tea with friends, graphic design, and jumping on the trampoline while listening to music

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I chose to be a part of Community Ambassadors because I’ve always had a heart for service. I believe this program is the perfect way to build on my passion for impacting the community while facilitating my own personal growth. I have found that this program has the capacity to enrich my values and appreciation for all forms of life amid partnering with members of the community who share similar passions for wildlife conservation and caring for animals. My dream is to travel the world as a conservationist who designs and builds sanctuaries for endangered species while advocating for animal rights. The humane society offers a wealth of knowledge for me to absorb and utilize to expand my future as a conservationist and lover of animals beyond Tallahassee and to the rest of the world! 

 

Jasmine_Green.jpgName: Jasmine Green

Agency: Grace Mission

Email: jjg17b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Clermont, FL

Major: Criminology with a minor in Business

Year: Junior

Dream job: My dream job is to earn my Juris Doctor Degree to help aide me in addressing youth victimization, neglect and abuse. I believe in order for juvenile delinquency to be resolved, us as humans must first seek to understand the various issues at hand, instead blaming and “pointing fingers.” Secondly, we need to share a general responsibility to assist those we think need help by either lending a helping hand, listening ears or demonstrating empathy. All of those displays of humanity, I believe, will further enhance a positive change in society.

Hobbies: I enjoy hanging with family and close friends, watching Netflix, early morning runs, photography, playing with dogs, eating and sleeping.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

I became an Ambassador to serve my community in a way were I was physically giving back to it in a positive aspect and learning more from the people who address these social issues on a daily basis. As an Ambassador for Grace Mission, I am excited to work closely with the leaders at the agency and form a strong connection between Grace Mission and Florida State University student and faculty. Along with, exposing people to different perspectives on life and sharing that excitement of giving back to the community. I want the children at Grace Mission to walk into the building expecting a positive and uplifting environment and walk out thinking I can’t wait to come back tomorrow.

 

megan_grenville.jpgName: Megan Grenville

Agency: Kids Incorporated

Email: meg15d@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: St.Augustine, FL

Major: Political Science and International Affairs

Year: Junior

Dream job: I have a lot of dream jobs. In the future I would love to be running my own nonprofit, practicing human rights law or running our country as the President of the United States.

Hobbies: My passions include people and politics. My main areas of interest are education, women’s rights and health issues. In my free time I like to listen to Taylor Swift, pet dogs and read whatever I can get my hands on!

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

Since coming to FSU, I have struggled to find a way to really impact our community. Community Ambassadors has given me a way to do just that by connecting the nonprofit I am working at, Kids Incorporated, with resources from FSU. In my perfect world, every child would have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. The work that Kids Inc. does helps to make this dream closer to a reality. That is why I am so excited to work with them and help recruit others to do the same.

 

megan_hill.jpgName: Megan Hill

Agency: iGrow

Email: meh15@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Saint Petersburg, FL

Major: Economics and Criminology

Year: Junior

Dream job:

Hobbies: I enjoy binge watching scandal, spending time with family and friends, FSU football, and being an active member in lambda alpha epsilon and the CARE program!

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I decided to become a Community Ambassador because I love giving back to our community. Without volunteers, these awesome non-profits would not be able to run efficiently. Through resources on FSU’s campus I hope to bring in more volunteers to iGrow and set up a good amount of fundraisers to help with their finances. I am very passionate about sustainability and believe that it is important for other people to realize that there are different ways of living that will help our environment for the better. What iGrow is doing through their garden is incredible, and I hope to get the word out about living sustainable to the FSU community through my work this upcoming year at iGrow and the community ambassador program!

 

montekis_jones.jpgName: Monte'Kis Jones

Agency: Boys & Girls Club

Email: mtj15c@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Major: Economics & Marketing

Year: Senior

Dream job: I would love to work as chief marketing officer for companies that promote social and global change.

Hobbies: I enjoy running and exercising along with watching animal documentaries.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

I decided to become a Community Ambassador because I knew this was a way I could actively take part and engage in changes around the Tallahassee community. Children have always held a place in my heart and I love having the chance to be around them and feed of their energy while also being positive example for them to improve their lives as they do mine. This is why I felt the Boy & Girls Club was the best Agency for me, apart from me being a Boys & Girls Club child myself growing up!

 

nicholas_kynast.jpgName: Nicholas Kynast

Agency: Kearney Center

Email: jnk15d@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Bradenton, FL

Major: Biological Sciences & Spanish, minors Chemistry and Anthropology

Year: Junior

Dream job: Surgeon, clinical researcher, and doing medical mission work.

Hobbies:  I love the outdoors, mostly hiking, running, and kayaking in my free time. I also love to travel and learn about new cultures and meet new people. I have been SCUBA diving since I was 11 years old, and I am currently an AAUS scientific diver. I am dedicated to continuing exploring different underwater environments, and hope to continue volunteering in underwater research projects in my free time.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? The Community Ambassador Program originally caught my eye because it had to do with nonprofits.  I am always eager to work alongside organizations that work towards bettering individuals and communities.  As I further discovered what the Program entailed, I realized just how impactful an Ambassador can be in the city of Tallahassee.  I am looking forward to working directly with the Kearney Center and examining the immediate and long-term needs of the institution while working towards finding the resources to meet those needs.  The Kearney Center is a great fit for me because I am passionate about the homeless community of Tallahassee and I recognize the importance of immediate and personal assistance within the community.  I am excited and honored to represent the Florida State University and the Kearney Center through this position.

 

paige_duskie.jpgName: Paige Duskie

Agency: Leon County Humane Society

Email: pnd16@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Rothenberg, Germany

Major: International Affairs

Year: Sophomore

Dream job: Analyzing and writing about international affairs for a media group like Vice news. I would also love to work with nonprofit groups that help with sustainability efforts and analyzing politics in third world countries. Furthermore, I am interested in a career with groups that are advancing women’s rights in these countries.

Hobbies: I love to travel and would do it more if I was not living that broke student lifestyle. I love forcing my friends to watch obscure movies with me, listening to “My Prerogative” by Britney Spears, and rocking glitter jelly slides against the wishes of family and friends. My interests include trying to eat at every restaurant in Tallahassee and occasionally hiking.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program? 

In my time at Florida State, I have come to love the Tallahassee community. Tallahassee has provided me with a diverse and unique community that has helped me to grow as a person. Therefore, I chose to become an ambassador to assist the community that has helped me grow. As an ambassador for the humane society, I am looking forward to expanding their programs. After meeting with the humane society’s coordinators, I was inspired by their dedication and passion for animals. I am eager to help the Humane Society educate the Tallahassee community and Florida State students.

 

stephanie_lee.jpgName: Stephanie Lee

Agency: Children's Home Society

Email: ssl16b@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Fort Myers, FL

Major: International Affairs with a concentration in Public Administration

Year: Sophomore

Dream job: I would love to be a medical missionary who works for non-profit organizations in impoverished communities around the world with limited access to health care.

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time delving into exhilarating books, peering out into beautiful scenery, and spending some quality time with my family and friends.

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

Service inspired me to become an ambassador. Service transforms and empowers, implementing sustainable change that can make a difference is our world today. As an ambassador for Children’s Home Society (CHS), I will be peering into high-quality, community-based solutions to meet the needs of individuals, families, and the community. I look forward to providing life-changing resources for the youth, to encourage children to see the potential they have and to garner administrative abilities to work with other non-profits shortly. I am honored to represent Florida State and am eager to bring lasting positive change to CHS and the Tallahassee community.

 

sydney_otis.jpgName: Sydney Otis

Agency: Damayan Garden Project

Email: sco15c@my.fsu.edu

Hometown: Sarasota, FL

Major: Political Science

Year: Junior

Dream job: I would love to be the CEO of a nonprofit organization. My dream is to be the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA because this is an organization that greatly impacted my life and whose mission I strongly believe in.

Hobbies: Comedy is a huge part of my life. I do stand up comedy and am the Editor in Chief for The Eggplant FSU, an independent satirical publication centered around Florida State. I also love reading, politics and fitness!

Why did you want to become involved with the ambassador program?

I wanted to be an Ambassador because I wanted a way to be involved with nonprofits beyond volunteering and I loved that it allowed me to be more involved at The Center for Leadership and Social Change. As someone who wants to work with nonprofits as a career, there are a lot of skills to be gained from the Ambassador Program. I hope as an Ambassador I can show students how valuable volunteering in their community is for them and for those they are helping. I want to invoke the passion in them for volunteering that has been instilled in me by my experience in Girl Scouts and my childhood of observing my mother’s involvement in nonprofits. I am excited to work with the Damayan Garden Project because it relates to sustainability and instilling this value in children at a young age through gardening. Damayan has a clear and simple goal that they work towards while making sure the children and volunteers are both having fun doing it and I am excited to be a part of this.

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