Jenny Yanosik: 3-Month Status Update
What did you accomplish during your residency that you're most proud of?
J: I am most proud of the alumni network Christina and I have started to build. While we still have some work to do when it comes to connecting our present and past grantees, I believe we have increased the overall level of engagement among the group. It was fun to experiment with events and other forms of communication to see what tactics gained the largest response.
What skills do you feel like you developed/sharpened?
J: I have developed my communication skills by reaching out to grantees on a monthly basis. In order to stay up to date on their progress, Christina and I would email the grantees once a month to check in and see if they needed help. By doing so, we developed a strong relationship with the grantees and became involved in their projects. I also developed my event planning skills preparing for Pow Wow for the People. Christina and I were in charge of the the event and worked hard to make it successful.
Did you make any connections or form any relationships during your term that you plan to carry forward?
J: I worked closely with the grantees during my time in the alumni relations role. Most of their projects are halfway finished but I am fully invested in creating a successful outcome. I have a feeling that I will continue to be involved with their projects in some way, whether that's volunteer hours or attending the launch.
What's next for you?
J: While I have plenty of ideas, I have no concrete plans for the future. There are many different paths that I can take, I just have to see which one presents the best opportunity. In the meantime, I plan to focus on my food blog which could use some attention and develop the skills needed to make it successful during my time off.