Peace Corps Master’s International, 2013 Sociology
During his Peace Corps service in Togo, Tyler served as a Girls' Education and Empowerment Volunteer. He taught life skills, computer, and English classes. He also worked on a series of training sessions designed to encourage men to treat women equally, and he implemented a regional tournament to facilitate creative thinking and problem solving.
Prior to Peace Corps, Tyler worked with the Bonner Leader Program, a nationwide undergraduate service organization at Lynchburg College in Virginia, where he received his bachelor's degree in sociology. Tyler now works as a Program Developer at BronxWorks, a social service agency assisting low-income individuals and families throughout the Bronx. Tyler stated, "The Stevenson Center provided me the knowledge of non-profit work and also an understanding of the systemic issues that low-income individuals face."
Peace Corps Master’s International, 2005 Political Science
"For me personally, the best part of my experience at the Stevenson Center was the interaction with others in my class," Will remarked, "This, I feel, helped me begin as a Peace Corps Volunteer with an open mind." As a former educator, Will spent much of his time in East Timor working with local schools and teachers. He also served as a Community Development Worker, teaching marketing and sales skills to a group of talented wood workers. In addition, Will started a composting operation in the local community.
Will now works for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, where he oversees construction quality for all single family programs.
Peace Corps Master’s International, 2010 Applied Economics
While in Peru with Peace Corps, Janelle served in the Small Business Development Program. She collaborated with hotels, restaurants, and tourist agencies in order to develop and expand tourism as a means of sustainable economic development. In addition, Janelle taught English and organizational development, established a community bank with local women, and helped organize an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign for high school students. As an AmeriCorps VISTA alum, Janelle also has experience as a community health specialist providing health education to low-income communities.
Prior to Peace Corps, Janelle earned her bachelor's degree in mathematics. Janelle now works as a Research Associate for the Center for Economic and Policy Research. She plans to build on her Stevenson Center experience by starting a PhD program in the near future.