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Google Community Leaders

Ethan Rosenberg is a junior at Loyola University New Orleans, where he’s participated in Google’s Community Leaders Program for the past two years. The CLP is focused on creating a sustainable web ecosystem and increasing digital literacy by connecting communities, businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits with local student talent. Below, Ethan describes his experiences in the program, which is currently recruiting NYU students for its Harlem chapter.

For the past two years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Google Community Leaders Program in New Orleans. When our team first came together in September 2012, we were briefed with the following statistic:

Ninety-seven percent of internet users look online for local products, services, or charitable opportunities, yet 64 percent of businesses in Louisiana do not have a website.

If the vast majority of people are searching for local products and services online, and a business doesn’t have a web presence, they are virtually invisible in the eyes of the consumer.

So, 16 of us from four universities were split into four teams, and each team was assigned to a neighborhood in New Orleans. We were tasked with getting as many businesses online as we could leading up to Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013.

We started by canvassing our neighborhoods for businesses and working with the business owners to get them on Google Maps and using Google Tools. By February 2013, the CLP had empowered 160 businesses to get online!

As we’ve continued our work, and as the program has expanded, I’ve been able to combine my passion for music with the mission of the CLP. I now lead a team that teaches musicians how to expand their business by empowering them to use internet tools.

Through the work that my team has done with the CLP, the Mayor’s Office of New Orleans approached me to organize a series of presentations and workshops for the musicians of New Orleans to better understand the business of music.

Additionally, while I’ve been involved with the CLP, I’ve co-organized the first two Startup Weekend events in New Orleans, the second of which was a featured as part of Google’s Global Entrepreneurship Week!

The Community Leaders Program has been an amazing opportunity to get involved in the community. The program combines community engagement work with professional development, and gives individuals an opportunity to be a part of something greater than themselves.

Interested in being a Google Community Leader in Harlem during the 2014–2015 school year? Apply today! through the website or on CareerNet, Job ID: 924742. Applications are due by Friday, April 4th, 2014. Please note that participants will be required to commit 10 hours per week to CLP-related work.

Artist Volunteer Center

Founder and Director of the Artist Volunteer Center, Jason Maas, talks about the intersections of art and service engagement, how Hurricane Sandy provided career guidance, and how you can get involved as a Program Assistant Intern (NYU CareerNet Job ID #915532) at the Artist Volunteer Center.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, MFA 2011

Founder & Director, Artist Volunteer Center

Volunteering changed my life. I was a full-time working artist until Hurricane Sandy made devastating landfall.  On the evening of October 29th, 2012, the first floor of my Brooklyn studio building on the Red Hook Waterfront was swept with seven feet of water. My space on the second floor was untouched, but all of my friends and neighbors below were completely devastated— their artwork, equipment, and livelihood vanished. I was grateful for having not been directly affected, but also traumatized for witnessing devastation all around me. Instantly I was inspired to help others get their lives back on track. I began volunteering full-time in the recovery effort and was hired by NY Cares and later by the organization Respond & Rebuild to run Volunteer Coordination in The Rockaways to clean homes free of mold and debris with the work of volunteers.

I had never done any work like this before, and these experiences not only showed me valuable skills I didn’t know I had, it also completely inspired new artwork. My artwork was socially conscious before the storm, but there was something missing and I couldn’t figure out what it was. My time in Rockaway illuminated what was missing: I had been taking all my imagery and inspiration for social causes from the internet; I had no direct connection until now.

Getting out of my studio, getting my hands dirty and actually helping people changed the course of my life and my artwork was taken to a whole new level. My time out in Rockaway for nine months not only presented to me a need for artists to be supported to volunteer and make are about it, but my work with Respond & Rebuild gave me on-the-job training on how to start a nonprofit. These experiences led me to found the nonprofit The Artist Volunteer Center. We promote humanitarian volunteerism by artists, and support the creation of artwork inspired by volunteer action. The AV Center connects arts and volunteer programs with the purpose of uniting organizations and individuals for the common goal of helping artists help people.

I have a new career path, and a vision to help artists help people. This all began with volunteering. Volunteerism could lead you to a new job or a new path, but what it certainly will do is provide you with a unique and meaningful experience. If you are interested in making art about your volunteer experience, you should definitely reach out to us.

Still wondering if volunteering might lead to a new career or life path? New findings show that volunteers have a 27% higher chance at finding employment than non-volunteers. See the full study here.

We are also looking for a Program Assistant Intern. This is an incredible opportunity for someone to get involved in many aspects of nonprofit management.

Guest Blog: Peer Presepective on Volunteering

I have found my experience as a volunteer and more importantly as an advocate for social justice to be overwhelmingly rewarding . Upon being admitted to NYU and receiving a Martin Luther King Scholarship, my thirst for social justice has only increased.  Throughout my 4 semesters at the university I have completed  the Resolution Assistance Program with New York City Housing Court, volunteered with New York Cares, and participated in community service days organized by the NYU Black Student Union and Academic Achievement Program (AAP).

Through AAP’s World Changers Program I currently serve as a mentor to high school and middle students. My most profound volunteer experience, however, has been with the Brooklyn Young Mothers’ collective. This agency seeks to meet the educational and emotional needs of young mothers in order to position them to lead healthy and successful lifestyles.

I began working with BYMC to assist with administrative tasks throughout the office including filing, updating fundraising data bases, and contributing to the blog and newsletter. Today I am the agency’s  Volunteer and Donations Manager. This position requires me to recruit, research, and hire new volunteers, and coordinate the donations of material goods.

In addition to learning and understanding the stories of phenomenal young women, this position allows me connect with a New York City community outside of NYU.  While my volunteer experiences have allowed me to make an impact on various communities it has also enabled me to clarify my career goals.

I learned that I am most fascinated by the operations of businesses and non-profit organizations. My experiences at BYMC assisted me in receiving a position as an Operations Intern at the financial technology company LendKey during the Summer of 2013. Volunteering has enriched my educational experience, my personal career development, and has allowed me to make a difference within the social justice issues that matter to me the most.

NYU MLK Week: 50 Years Forward

In a speech Dr. Martin Luther King gave on NYU’s campus, he said…

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Fifty years later, we continue to find ourselves amidst a nation and a globe struggling between social and economic disparities. This week, the university celebrates Martin Luther King and his legacy in “50 Years Forward: The Cost of a Dream Deferred”.

NYU MLK Week is organized to help you get involved with social change and social justice. Here’s some ways you can make a difference.

Attend: A Conversation w/ Rev. Al Sharpton
February 7th 2013 | 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM | Kimmel Center – Eisner and Lubin Auditorium

Listen to the critical perspectives of several guests as they present their views and ideas and engage in dialogue surrounding the costs of failing to realize the dreams that Dr. King articulated fifty years ago.

RSVP here.

MLK Week of Service

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

Volunteering your time is a great way to give back to the community and to advocate for social change. Each day this week there are different service opportunities you can participate. Click here to learn how you can get involved.


“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

  • Government & NonProfit
    • Join the Government & Non-profit Career Fair
      Friday, February 22nd 2013 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Georgetown University
    • Give a Year, Change the World: Apply to City Year, Deadline Feb 15th.
    • Promote Peace and Friendship: Apply to the Peace Corp, Deadline Feb 28th
  • Public Service
    • Join the Women’s Foreign Policy Group Mentoring Fair
      Wednesday, February 20th, 2013 | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM | Kimmel, 4th Floor
      Free for NYU Students. Limited spaces are available. RSVP required at www.wfpg.org on or after January 30, 2013


Get inspired and continue the dream for social justice with the help of these resources:

“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

WasserWord of the Week: Volunteer


A critical career development opportunity in which participants gain relevant experience, expand their professional network, develop valuable transferable skills, and make a meaningful contribution to an organization that interests them. Though sometimes overlooked by job and internship seekers, volunteer opportunities prove to be invaluable in students’ career development and marketability.

-She was interested in the Peace Corps, so made an appointment at the Wassserman Center to meet with the Peace Corps recruiter.

-He wanted to add more volunteer experience to his resume, so he checked out opportunities at the Office of Student Activities.

Forget getting moves like Jagger – Try creating a movement like Dr. King!

February 6 – 11, 2012 at NYU is “MLK Week.”  A lot of people have asked what’s the significance of this week and how does this apply to me?  On February 10, 1961, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a speech right here at NYU.  Dr. King’s speech entitled, “The Future of Integration,” advocated for civil rights and nonviolent protest for social change and in honor of that message, NYU has created a calendar of programs and events that highlight the speech.
Here at Wasserman we want you to explore ways that you can combine an interest in public service with your ultimate career goals.  Organizations like City Year, Peace CorpsGay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Brennan Center for Justice and many others provide you with an opportunity to work toward social change in local and global communities.  Pursuing a career that doesn’t have a social justice focus doesn’t mean you can’t have an impact on the world around you.  There are hundreds of volunteer opportunities at NYU that honor Dr. King’s mission of equality, it’s all a matter of finding the time and the right fit.

“EVERYBODY CAN BE GREAT, because everybody can serve.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.