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Meet Jake G., AmeriCorps Grant Manager
In this series of "Day in the Life of ____", we will be highlighting the various professions Opportunity Village has to offer. This feature is focused on the role of AmeriCorps Grant Manager.
What led you to OV/your current position?
I was born and raised in Las Vegas and even though I went to college in Utah I knew I would always come back home. I graduated college in Utah in 2015 and moved back to Las Vegas the next day. I came to OV after beginning my career working for the Clark County School District. I was eager to see where else my skills could be valued and OV stood out to me not only from a business standpoint, but I resonated with the mission that OV has in place. I started working at OV as a Pathway to Work Training Coordinator out of Centennial Hills Hospital in 2018, from there I was promoted to the Employment Training Programs Supervisor and as of early August, I began a new journey in my current position as the AmeriCorps Grant Manager.
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 80,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, and health. AmeriCorps members serve through more than 2,000 non-profits, public agencies, and community organizations. The AmeriCorps Program at Opportunity Village greatly expands services available to the people we serve by developing and teaching a robust curriculum with a focus on employment training and related life skills.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I usually arrive to the Engelstad campus around 7:30 am. As soon as I arrive, I check my calendar and e-mails to see what the agenda is for the day. Since I am fairly new to the position, I am still getting used to a more flexible schedule then in my previous positions here at Opportunity Village. Some days I am visiting colleges and meeting with students to gauge their interest in AmeriCorps, other days I am leading a team training day or approving member timecards. The great part about this position so far is every day has been unique and exciting.
What is the most exciting part of your job?
The most exciting part of my job so far has been learning a ton of new skills and experiencing so many new unique opportunities. What I look forward to, once I complete an entire grant cycle, is seeing the growth from participants that go through the AmeriCorps curriculum and seeing them learn so much in such a small amount of time.
Who inspires you?
I wish I could name everyone that inspires me, but I will narrow it down to a couple. The first is my son, Jameson. He is 2 and a half years old. Seeing the world through his eyes is something that I never could have imagined would be so incredible before he was born. Everything that we do together is so new and exciting for him, and it fills me with hope and purpose. He is the best thing in my life, and he not only inspires me, but he also challenges me to be a better person.
The other person who inspires me, is no longer around, but I still hold her values and lessons close to my heart with everything I do. My Grandma was an amazing woman and is the epitome of determination and hard work. She was born in Majagua Cuba in 1933. She taught Kindergarten and Piano for many years before she immigrated to this country from Cuba during the height of the Cuban revolution. She was the kindest and most loving person I have ever met, and I try to live my life by the values that she left behind.
What is your favorite thing to do when you're not working?
When I'm not working, I love spending time with my family and visiting new things for my son to experience. I also enjoy playing Dungeons and Dragons with my close friends whenever we need an escape from our busy lives.
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