Samantha Chen, OKCNP AmeriCorps Member – Programs Assistant


blog by Samantha Chen, former OKCNP AmeriCorps Member – Program Assistant

“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.” – John Wesley

I first heard this quote from the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits CEO, Marnie Taylor. This idea resonated with me, because my future aspirations are to protect human rights and solve crises all over the world. This quote is a perfect representation of the heart and soul behind nonprofit missions, and I intend on taking this mantra and applying it globally.

I worked as an AmeriCorps member for OKCNP for two years. As a program assistant, I was responsible for training implementation in the programs department. Through this experience, I received an in-depth look at nonprofits and how they work, as well as a broad look at the sector as a whole. I learned from every nonprofit that entered our workshops, and gained connections as well as lifelong friends. I was nominated for NextGen by a co-worker from OKCNP, and I feel that this position has prepared me for my future career. I am currently a graduate student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. I am studying Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Studies, which will give me the tools I need to succeed in my future career. I intend to do international nonprofit work upon graduation, and I am grateful for the foundation I built at OKCNP. I learned much about the importance of nonprofit work, and I believe in the missions that lead them; this is one of many reasons why I am proud of what I have accomplished at OKCNP.

As a 2018 NextGen winner in the Nonprofit category, I am honored OKCNP recognized my work and pushed my nomination forward. I appreciate the opportunities this award has afforded me. I value the time I’ve spent at OKCNP, and I have applied many of the skills I learned in my studies. These last few months, I’ve helped with conferences led by our school, and I am on the planning committee for a conference this fall. I look forward to applying all that I’ve learned in my future career, working for the good of humanity.

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