I joined the AmeriCorps Digital Service Fellow (DSF) program in 2011 after withdrawing from college due to financial concerns and because I was floundering academically. I was at a difficult point in my life because I could see my High School classmates excelling at their prospective careers and was comparing it to my situation -- which felt like a failure.
My experience as a DSF disproved my doubts that I could be successful and validated my skills.
Joining the Urban Technology Project (UTP) as a DSF was ultimately the decision that launched my career. My experience as a DSF disproved the doubts that I could be successful and validated my skills. In just one short year, I was exposed to several different industries and opportunities that I never could have or would have sought out on my own. I took my first business trip to Minneapolis and spoke at a National Conference. I learned how to code and built multiple mobile and web applications.
I was thriving in the way in which I had imagined I would in College. Only, it was way better than I could have imagined it. When I finished my year of service as a DSF, I was hired through UTP to become a Computer Support Specialist (CSS). Shortly after, I received a part-time employment offer at a software consulting firm by one of the mentors I met through UTP.