February 2015 - eNewsletter
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East Village Youth Program
February 2015

Executive Director 
Stephanie Willding, MPA

High School Program Coordinator 
Nora Frazin

College Program Coordinator 
Julia Gerasimenko

Development & Finance Coordinator
Stephanie Baki

Save the Date!

May 14, 2015

A Note from EVYP Executive Director

Dear Friend:

If you haven’t heard yet, our 4th Annual Evening of Revolution is in three weeks! Revolution Brewing hosts us in their Brewers Lounge, attendees get a chance to relax and catch up with other EVYP supporters while drinking Revolution draft beer and enjoying an array of appetizers. See below to purchase your tickets today!

Our student spotlight this month is from a junior in our High School Program who is helping his high school become a little more ‘green.’ We also are kicking off a new article called, ‘Funder Feature’ where you get to learn about our funders and what we’ve been able to accomplish through our partnership with them.

Last, but not least, we have our Staff Spotlight. Stephanie Baki is our Development and Finance Coordinator and I invite you to get to know a little bit more about her and how she got to where she is today.

With Gratitude, 

Stephanie Willding, MPA
Executive Director

Student Spotlight

Anthony Orbe, a junior, has been coming to EVYP since his freshman year. He participates in the community problem-solving program, ‘Mikva Challenge’ at Mather High School. In this program, he is the president of the recycling team, whose goal is to implement a recycling and composting program at the school. They have already contacted the waste management company for an estimate, and have set up a meeting with the principal this month to create their budget. Anthony hopes to complete the project by May. The project was inspired by the school's namesake, environmentalist Stephen T. Mather.

Funder Feature!

For many years the IDP Foundation has helped EVYP make college dreams come true for our students. The IDP Foundation believes that education is the way to conquer the world's greatest challenges. They believe that everyone should have equal access to educational opportunities to break the cycle of poverty. This overarching philosophy of the IDP Foundation is what makes our partnership such a success. Because of their support for our college and career readiness services, EVYP's students have made great strides in achieving the mission of the IDP Foundation. This year alone, 93% of our high school students continued on to college and 75% of our college students graduated within five years. Thank you, IDP Foundation, for all that you do! 

4th Annual Evening of Revolution 

Our 4th Annual Evening of Revolution is right around the corner! February 24 from 6:30-8:30 EVYP is taking over the second floor Brewers Lounge at Revolution Brewery for appetizers and draft beer. Join us at one of our favorite events. Presale tickets will be available through February 23 for $35 or you can purchase them at the door for $40. This event sells out every year, so buy your tickets here

Staff Spotlight

Stephanie Baki - Development & Finance Coordinator

Briefly describe what your job at EVYP entails.
As the Development and Finance Coordinator, I am responsible for Marketing, Fundraising, and Fiscal Management. I manage EVYP’s social media accounts, maintain our website, and write and design the monthly eNewsletters. In collaboration with the Executive Director, I manage our donor database system, write grants, help with funder development and prospecting and assist with event planning. I also manage all of the financial records for EVYP.

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I was just a few credit hours short of graduating college with a minor in dance.

If you could have any other job in the world, what would it be?
I would love to be a Lifestyle blogger. My free time is spent repurposing old things, cooking, decorating my house, and shopping, so getting paid to share my hobbies would be a dream come true!

Who influenced you the most in choosing your career path?
I was most influenced by a previous manager, who has turned into a mentor. At my first job out of college, I was working at a plastic surgeons office. While I was there one of the doctors founded a non-profit organization, Breast Oasis. My boss saw my interest and helped me focus my energy on the execution and development of the organization. I eventually became an integral part of Breast Oasis, working in the office, helping with community outreach, and traveling with the founder and my manager to help get others from around the world involved. Without her trust and encouragement, I don’t know if I would have found my passion for working with non-profits. Several years and several jobs later, she is still rooting for me all the way from Ohio! 

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