The number one thing that YNPN Atlanta members tell us they want out of their membership is to find a mentor who can help them with career development, networking, and general advice about being a part of the Atlanta nonprofit industry. In 2013 and 2014 we organized the YNPN Atlanta Mentorship Program. It's a great way to connect with someone with a bit more experience who can help guide you along your professional development path.
The 2014 program lasted 9 months and was designed to make it as easy as possible for you to connect with your mentor. We match up our applicants carefully, in order to find someone you can really learn from throughout the upcoming year.
2014 Mentorship Program Details:
- September 17, 2013: Mentorship Program Kickoff Event at Manuel's Tavern. Meet your mentor and have a facilitated discussion about how to best benefit from your new relationship!
- Our mentor/mentee relationships are flexible and organic, so you and your mentor will work out your own schedule - we ask mentors to be available for a minimum of 1 meeting per month as well as being available via email should questions arise between meetings.
- Regular emails from YNPN Atlanta about how to get the most out of your mentorship.
- Opportunities to get to know your fellow mentees and learn a bit about networking at several mentee-only events throughout the program.
Meet the YNPN Atlanta Mentorship Program Class of 2014:
Eva Bradley: Eva is an experienced nonprofit professional with an entrepreneurial spirit for organizational development and human resource management. She has worked with local organizations to enhance internal efficiencies, program development and business operations. Eva is highly committed to enhancing organizations and giving back to her community.
She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Human Resources Management and Organizational Change from Georgia State University. In addition, Bradley is an active member of several organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), National Association of African American Human Resources Professionals (NAAHR) and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN). Eva Bradley aspires to utilize her academic training in human resources management to identify and recruit exceptional, experienced nonprofit talent.
Lauren Medina Collens: Lauren was born in El Paso, TX and raised in Mansfield, GA (a very small town in Newton County). Lauren earned her B.B.A. in Economics from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA in 2007. After graduation she worked for Troy University’s satellite campus in Covington, GA before being accepted into the University of Georgia’s Master of Public Administration Program. Lauren finished the MPA program in 2010, specializing in public policy and nonprofit management, and went on to work with the Family Connection-Communities in Schools of Athens, Inc. (FC-CIS) first as an office manager and then as a Site Coordinator at a local middle school. She worked at FC-CIS for a few years before joining CHRIS Kids as a Grant Writer in October 2012. In addition to her full time work, Lauren is a volunteer with the Junior League of Gwinnett and North Fulton Counties and a member of the Grant Professionals Association.
C. Dawn Edwards: Dawn is an attorney with Alston & Bird where she handles electronic discovery tasks for securities litigation matters. She also handles private cases in family law, consumer defense, and various pro bono cases.
Prior to joining the e-discovery world, Dawn served as a legal fellow with the Center for Pan Asian Community Services and a staff attorney with Atlanta Legal Aid Society. At Legal Aid, she represented hundreds of clients in a variety of areas including domestic relations, domestic violence, consumer defense, unemployment, wills, landlord-tenant, special education, and government benefits.
Dawn is currently the Marketing Chair for the Christian Rites of Passage ministry at her church. She holds a BBA in marketing from The University of Georgia, a JD from Vanderbilt University, an MBA from Kennesaw State University.
Ashley Langford: Ashley is the Technology & Data Manager at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. In this role she is responsible for all aspects of information technology at the center. Ashley is a recent sector switcher. Before coming to GCN, she worked as a consultant in the medical field, teaching doctors and their staff innovative processes for new patient generation and practice expansion.
Outside of work, Ashley is constantly busy chasing around her 4 year old daughter. She also has a love for cats, cooking, traveling and movies.
Nadia Payne: Nadia is a global thinker with a proven track record in early childhood and elementary education learning environments, staff development, licensure, accreditation and conflict/change management. As the Childcare Director for the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Nadia oversees the administration of free, quality childcare, emotional support and an education curriculum for homeless children including focused social services for their families.
Her center is dedicated to helping families overcome issues that contribute to homelessness such as domestic violence and job loss. Her efforts were pivotal in the Atlanta Children’s Shelter receiving its state license. Nadia has also led the shelters childcare program through the accreditation process with The National Association for the Education of Young Children.
In addition to YNPN, Nadia is also an active volunteer in the Junior League of Atlanta, March of Dimes, Urban League of Greater Atlanta Young Professionals and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Nadia has a Bachelor’s Degree in Family & Community Services from East Carolina University, Master’s Degree in Education Leadership from George Mason University and is pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Education Leadership at Clark Atlanta University.
Robin Petruzielo: Robin holds a BA and PhD in physics from Swarthmore College and Cornell University. During her studies, Robin became dedicated to educational outreach. She founded several mentoring and networking organizations for women in science, and she served as Fundraising Director and Chair of the Expanding Your Horizons conference at Cornell. She is now Associate Director of Development at Agnes Scott College and a provisional member of the Junior League of Atlanta, where she serves on the Individual Giving committee.
Crystal Reardon: Crystal is a nonprofit professional who possesses experience in youth development and student affairs. After receiving a BA in History and Spanish from Furman University, she worked in student affairs as an AmeriCorps and Community Service Coordinator at Winthrop University before deciding to enter the Peace Corps, serving in Nicaragua from 2007 to 2009. Crystal is an experienced group facilitator with both youth as well as adults. She has coordinated trainings for AmeriCorps volunteers, Nicaraguan teachers, and Peace Corps trainees.
Crystal worked at Girls Inc. of Greater Atlanta from 2011 to 2013 after relocating to Atlanta in 2010. Having gained experience in youth development both domestically and abroad, Crystal has decided to move into a more administrative role in program management, consulting with an Atlanta area mentorship organization, Motivated Adults Developing Excellence (M.A.D.E).
Dan Watson: Dan is currently an Americorps VISTA working as a Marketing and Communications Coordinator at the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Iowa, and then spent a few years working in the publishing industry in Charleston, SC.
Jeffrey Wisard: Jeffrey started his Atlanta tour in Retina Research attempting to cure blindness. However, through improv, acting, volunteering, and event planning opportunities, Jeffrey decided that he didn't see (pun intended) a life for himself as a Lab Coat - he was not passionate about it. He went on to pursue a graphic design certificate and found himself selling laser engravers to the Amish (among other clients), and discovering his love of marketing, photograph, video production and graphic design. This naturally progressed into a love of great story telling (I.e. "social media") which he does for startups and for non-profits.
Having struggled with obesity as a child, Jeffrey found an active lifestyle after entering college. From racquet-ball, to DDR, to rock climbing, he became passionate about them all. Upon moving to Atlanta, he decided to walk to work every day. He progressed to riding a beautiful 1979 road bike that weighed at least 276.83lbs. Falling in love with biking, Jeffrey volunteered with the 2010 BeltLine Bike Tour and found all things biking in the city. From there, his passion was ignited creating community through events and using his planning/marketing abilities for non-profits. The culmination of all of the above talents has lead to the creation of The Mobile Social - a monthly community bicycle ride that connects new people together each month and supports awesome local businesses. Oh, and he's sucker for a great IPA.
The YNPN Atlanta Mentorship Program Class of 2013:
Annissa D. Floyd
Lindsey E. Hardegree