Peace Corps Fellow, 2007 Political Science
During his Peace Corps service in Armenia, Jeremy supported an organization providing after-school programs for children and helped gain grants that paid for the town’s first playground and for a furnace in the organization’s building. For his Stevenson Center professional practice, Jeremy worked with Mikva Challenge, an organization that helps engage low-income Chicago youth in civic discourse and politics. Jeremy coordinated election campaigns with 166 students and 26 teachers in 18 high schools. Jeremy is now a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.
Peace Corps Fellow, 2012 Sociology
While in Macedonia with Peace Corps, Julie implemented a number of health initiatives targeting women and teens. She also identified and secured funding for a small movie theater managed by a local nonprofit’s youth program. As a Peace Corps Fellow at Illinois State, Julie worked with the United Way of McLean County’s Income, Health, and Education Vision Councils. She was instrumental in funding and hiring an Advanced Practice Nurse to provide services to low and very low income individuals through a community health clinic. Julie now works as a Research Associate for Hope College.
Peace Corps Fellow, 2009 Economics
During Peace Corps, Viktor served in Samoa as a development volunteer allying rural village members with national and international aid agencies and managing grant-funded projects. Through the Stevenson Center, Viktor served as an AmeriCorps Member with Quality Quest for Health of Illinois and developed a set of actionable, affordable recommendations that will drive a measurable decrease in the obesity rate of school age youth. He also completed community relations projects for the Town of Normal. Viktor is currently Vice President of the Oak Park Development Corporation.