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Major in Spanish, Minors in Social Service and Educational Studies
KnoxCorps is a community engagement initiative that deploys students to work with local non-profit organizations and help meet the critical needs of the community. Ellis was placed at KCCDD, a local organization that provides services to adults who have developmental disabilities.
Describe your experience as a KnoxCorps fellow with KCCDD.
Over the summer I spent time in a variety of classrooms and helped with grant writing, creating the new KCCDD website, putting together a newsletter for the client advocacy board, and more. I spent eight weeks with KCCDD over the summer and it really gave me a chance to get to know the clients I was working with.
After my KnoxCorps placement, KCCDD hired me on as a direct support professional so that I could stay working with them in a greater capacity and with more hours than I was getting with KnoxCorps. What I love most about working with KCCDD is the connections that I make with the individuals. I also love being able to help them become more involved in their community.
How has this experience impacted your career goals?
Before my time with KnoxCorps and KCCDD, I was majoring in elementary education with the intent to teach English as a Second Language. I loved my work so much that I changed majors and minors around to graduate early and pursue the field of social service as a career. Also due to my time with KCCDD, I am now planning to pursue a master's in social work after graduating in June.
Tell us about a memorable Knox experience and what you learned from it.
Study abroad! I spent last spring term in Barcelona, Spain, and it was definitely the best part of my time at Knox. Knox makes study abroad so affordable and realistic, and I am so grateful for that. Studying abroad gave me the opportunity to build upon my language skills as well as being immersed in an entirely new culture.