BirthMatters reduces teen pregnancy through reproductive health education and empowers expectant young adults to raise healthy families through doulas utilizing the community health worker model.
When I first graduated from college, I had high aspirations but little to no direction. All I knew was that my end goal for my career would be creating my own nonprofit. Signing up for the AmeriCorps VISTA program was the perfect first step on my life-long journey towards service work.
This past year has been a wild experience. When I started my VISTA position, I was primarily focused on volunteer management and outreach engagement. However, with recent events involving COVID-19, my role has switched from in-person work to virtual outreach and designs. I feel like these challenges have only improved my ability to switch gears, in an everchanging world. I am proud of how well BirthMatters has adapted and adjusted to the needs of our participants during this pandemic. I can say without a doubt, that this team is passionate and dedicated.
At BirthMatters I have learned so much about what it means to be an manage a nonprofit. The Executive Director, Molly Chappell-McPhail, works tirelessly to provide for the community and staff. She has been a great example of what it looks like to create an organization, from scratch, based on a community need and deep passion. I admire her drive and determination and hope that one day I can bring to life an organization of my own.
The staff at BirthMatters have made me feel so welcomed and cared for, and I will miss my time with them. However, I look forward to the next step on my journey.
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