Welcome to my blog! These posts are focused on communications and public relations for a class at The Ohio State University.
Strategic Communication Background
As of today, I have little experience (outside of class) working in a communications related field. Although, every job takes a little bit of strategic communication! From sales at Best Buy and bar tending for Creative Cuisine to nannying, each job requires basic communication skills.
Volunteering with Young Life
The most important position I currently hold is volunteering for a non-profit, Young Life. What is Young Life? It starts with adults (mainly college students) who are concerned enough about high school kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. As a Young Life leader, I log many hours with kids. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches and setbacks. The core purpose of Young Life is to build relationships with high school students and share the Gospel with them! As a team of leaders, we host after school clubs, meetings, and weekend retreats.
Each week, a leader gives a five to nine minute talk, introducing Jesus at the end of club. Simple message, simple communication. As a Young Life Leader at Reynoldsburg High School I act as the team’s public relation professional. I run the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I help promote Young Life events and work on fundraising. These are all vital skills to the strategic communications field!
Leading Young Life at Saranac Lake Young Life Camp, New York, Summer 2013
In the future, I would love to continue to do ministry part-time. Ideally, I would like to work in healthcare communications or non-profit public relations. Down the line (if the Lord allows it) I would love to be a mother! Eventually, using the communication and event planning skills I have learned over time, I would love to own a plot of land and build a barn. The barn would be used for hosting weddings and events! I am your typical Pinterest loving, romantic! With one year left of school, I need to start figuring out what the future will look like.
I pray that the beaches of South Carolina start calling my name….