North Star Fund has partnered with Antioch College to provide students co-op opportunities and in the Fall 2015 cooperative work term, Antioch College student, Greta Treistman ’17, took advantage of that opportunity. Aside from the fabulous chance to live in the “Big Apple”, Greta joined North Star Fund and quickly fell in love with the team, its mission, and the victories for humanity they were propelling through the work they did. Alongside her team at North Star Fund, Greta managed the grant cycle. This allowed her to meet with a wide number of organizations working to tackle the various political issues in the city and to help redistribute grants to those organizations to further their causes. In meetings with the various organizers, Greta was introduced to the creative and innovative solutions they were generating to help garner more attention from politicians and community members to further improve the situations of those in need.
Encouraging other students to select North Star as a co-op, Greta states “If you’re at all interested in community organizing or urban political issues, I would strongly recommend you go to North Star…as a group, they have a really incredibly thoughtful and critical analysis of what their own role is in the non-profit world, including the power dynamics between funders and organizers. The perspective of the people that worked there was really nuanced.” She truly enjoyed being able to become aware of, analyze, and assist in improving the current political issues in the five boroughs.
For her second co-op, Ellie Burck ’18 finds herself in the wonderful city of Chicago working as the Creative Intern for Ink Factory. Ink Factory specializes in graphic recording and has a mission “to create visual experiences that inspire and engage.” The hope is to transform the way in which communication occurs through the art of visualization. As a part of this creative and dynamic organization, Ellie is able to take part in various projects from creating an email-based newsletter template, to maintaining social media accounts to share the great work being done at Ink Factory, and even generating content for new projects! Through personal connections, Ellie was able to self-design her co-op with Ink Factory allowing her to join personal passion with academic learning, and ultimately helping her expand creatively. Pictured above is a visual syllabus that Ellie created and submitted as a portion of her Work Portfolio course. Ellie is very excited about the rest of her co-op in Chicago, and is looking forward to bringing the skills she’s learned at Ink Factory to Antioch College!
Check out the Ink Factory blog here to see Ellie Burck featured!
*Illustration by Ellie Burck
Spencer Glazer ’17 and Myrcka Del Rio ’17 are currently in Nepal with Clubhouse International on their third Co-op. Spurred to action by news of recent devastation in Nepal from the 2015 earthquakes, the pair embarked on a Co-op journey of a lifetime. Spencer and Myrcka spend much of their days volunteering in a local school in Kathmandu with students across all ages teaching lessons in various subjects. Despite the tragedies from the quake and destruction to schools, “the kids still show up everyday, happy and ready to learn”, says Spencer. Through the gracious hospitality of a host family, they have been able to attend various festivals, ceremonies, and even a wedding. They are also following closely, the current political efforts of Nepal’s new Constitution and complex relationship with neighboring India. Talk about meaningful international and cultural immersion! Click here to view their tumblr page and follow their fabulous adventures! To donate to those affected in Nepal, click here. Keep up the good work, Spencer and Myrcka!