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Meet Brianna Kirschenbaum, SOWA's New AmeriCorps Expanded Learning Opportunities VISTA!

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under School's Out News

We’re happy to bring on Brianna Kirschenbaum, this year's AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Her work will increase equity for youth development by assisting in career-connected learning efforts and educating the public and lawmakers on the importance of afterschool and expanded learning opportunities. Let’s get to know her!

Where are you from?

I grew up in San Francisco, CA, and moved to Washington at the beginning of 2020. 

What do you like to do in your down time? 

I am a person of many hobbies. When not working you can find me drawing, reading, crocheting, embroidering, baking my famous olive bread, or taking a nap with my cat, George. I also love live music, so if I’m not home I’m probably checking out local bands with some friends.

What brought you to SOWA? 

Before working at SOWA I worked with veterans in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco as a community organizer. While I loved the work that I was doing there, I felt that it was time for a change. A friend of mine suggested that I apply for AmeriCorps because I could move anywhere in the country and get a fresh start. I applied many places, but SOWA’s mission of ensuring that all young people have safe places to learn and grow when not in school was especially motivating to me. I have experience working as a summer camp counselor, so I know how important time outside of school is for children’s growth and development. I am very excited to be working at SOWA and contributing to their efforts to improve after school education.

Tell us one thing you are proud of.

One thing I am proud of is my improving ability to adapt to new situations. I’ve moved places far from home before, but I always felt like I was holding back and not experiencing where I was to the fullest. During this move to Seattle I’ve seen myself step out of my comfort zone. I’ve been more apt to try new things, I’ve been open to meeting new people, and I’ve been stepping up to the plate at my new job here at SOWA. Change is something that has always been hard for me, but I’m happy that I am learning from my past experiences. I’m excited to see what the future holds.

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