Alumni Fellowship

Alumni Fellowship Site Placements for 2017-18 

AFSC (Alumni)

American Friends Service CommitteeAmerican Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.

AFSC operates from an empowerment model rather than a service model, and whenever possible collaborates with and seeks guidance from the people and communities most affected by injustice. AFSC's work has five key issue areas: building peace, immigrant rights, addressing prisons, just economies and ending discrimination. In each of these areas, AFSC works with a variety of domestic and international populations.

The QVS Friends Relations Fellow will:

  • Provide logistical and administrative support for Friends Relations
  • Lead implementation of Let Your Life Speak fundraising campaign
  • Create content for blog and website (blogposts, interviews, resources, etc.)
  • Provide outreach, networking, and program support for liaisons and QPIN
  • Coordinate 39 Questions for White People at Quaker meetings and institutions
Friends General Conference

Friends General Conference provides services and resources for individual Friends, meetings, and people interested in the Quaker way. FGC is an association of regional Quaker communities in the U.S. and Canada working together to nurture a vital Quaker faith. Founded in 1900, FGC has grown from a voluntary organization of seven yearly meetings, created to hold a “general conference” every other year, to an association of fourteen yearly meetings, supplemented with regional groups and individual meetings. FGC continues to sponsor an annual Gathering of Friends.

At its heart, FGC is a member and volunteer led organization. The way FGC operates is deeply rooted in the Quaker testimonies and based on Quaker practices. We believe that through worship and openness to God’s will, the right focus and direction for the organization will emerge. Discernment is achieved through broad participation of Friends from around the country in a variety of committees.

The QVS Alumni Fellow will serve as the Ministry on Racism Support Specialist, working closely with the Committee for Nurturing Ministries (CNM) coordinator for the ministry on racism work, the Committee for Nurturing Ministries (and other FGC staff as appropriate.) The support specialist assists the coordinator and committee with their routine work, planning of consultations and conferences, and also assists with inquiries from monthly, quarterly and yearly meetings. The support specialist assists with supporting the FGC staff in its diversity work and identifying resources that nurture the work of addressing racism within the Religious Society of Friends. This year (2017-2018) the support specialist will assist CNM with supporting FGC with initiating the Institutional Cultural Assessment. The fellow should have experience in or a desire to develop experience with a diverse range of individuals regarding age, race, gender and ethnic backgrounds, and should understand White Supremacy is a systemic problem within the United States and Canada. The Fellow should work autonomously, write clearly and directly, as well as have the ability to edit written materials.

Germantown Friends School (Alumni)

Germantown Friends School is dedicated to reaching that of God in every person. Their mission is to seek truth, challenge the intellect, honor differences, embrace the city, and nurture each student’s mind, body and spirit. They are a Friends school, under the care of Germantown Monthly Meeting, founded on the belief that there is that of God in everyone. Together, love and respect for each individual provide the premise for all that we do. We regard education not as training for a particular way of life, but as part of a lifelong process, and as we guide and encourage our students in their personal growth, we try to cultivate and support in them principles that Friends have long considered to have lasting value. Among these are truthfulness, simplicity and self-discipline, the resolution of differences without violence, and respect for diverse heritages and experiences.

The QVS Alumni Fellow will work closely with the Director of Community Involvement and the Director of Multicultural Affairs to further develop plans for a Germantown Friends School Center for Social Justice. The GFS Center for Social Justice seeks to unify and coordinate educational projects to achieve the following goals:

  • Foster and deepen students’ critical engagement in pressing social issues
  • Develop students as knowledgeable leaders and facilitators
  • Support the development of teachers and staff in areas of social justice education
  • Provide educational resources and opportunities for members of the Germantown (and Philadelphia) communities.

This work will entail developing curriculum for students from EC-12th grade, developing professional development curriculum for educators and administrators, and developing public relations and social media materials. The QVS Alumni Fellow will bring leadership in social justice education and familiarity with a variety of social justice issues such as race, privilege, environmental justice, gender, etc. This work will advance best practices of social justice education and leverage GFS’s position as a leader in the independent school community. The QVS Alumni Fellow will assist in interpreting and communicating the value of this work to GFS’s stakeholders.

Germantown Friends Meeting (Alumni)

Germantown Friends Meeting is a a community of friendly Quakers located in the Northwest section of Philadelphia. Meeting for Worship is the heart of Quakerism and the center of spiritual focus and renewal for the Religious Society of Friends, as we gather together in expectant silence to hear that still small voice of God. Our worship experience nurtures the bonds of community, helps speak to the needs of seekers, and gives rise to our testimonies and actions on peace, justice and other social concerns. We welcome all attenders, friends and neighbors. Most of our members first came to our meeting as visitors; we have always found that the presence of visitors enriches our meeting.

Germantown Friends Meeting seeks a Young Adult Engagement Intern to to support the meeting becoming a place that attracts, welcomes, nurtures and supports young adults in their spiritual development within the community. The intern will work with Germantown MM to create one stand-alone project that can add to the life of the meeting and surrounding community that can be completed within the 11-month time span of the QVS Program. The QVS Alumni Fellow would have a care committee, made up of members from Germantown MM that they would meet with regularly, and will serve on committees that are responsible for outreach and pastoral ministry. We define the young adult community widely, including, but not limited to, young adults residing in proximity of the meeting, participants of QVS Philadelphia, visitors of our meeting, those raised in meeting, and those who attended, worked, or have children attending the meeting’s Friends school.

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

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Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is a regional association of local Quaker communities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, northern Maryland, and southern New Jersey. We bring Quakers in our region together to deepen our collective spirituality and to build synergistic relationships. We develop programs that serve local Quaker communities in a spirit of collaboration and fun. We cultivate volunteers and staff who help make the leadings of our yearly meeting community come alive and discern corporate witness when it arises.

The Communications Associate for Community Engagement is a QVS Alumni Fellow who supports the innovative development of energizing content towards building a culture of sharing our stories, to inspire, motivate and hearten each other as needed. The Alumni Fellow helps encourage the communities that make up Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to publicize their work and ministry with each other and with the wider body of Friends.

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Overview

The QVS Alumni Fellowship expands upon the success of QVS’s core first year program, with the explicit intent of strengthening and revitalizing the Religious Society of Friends and the institutions which support it.

The Fellows in the QVS Alumni Fellowship are recruited from those young adults who have already completed one year with QVS as Fellows in one of the four sites where the QVS program now exists—Philadelphia, Atlanta, Boston, and Portland, OR. These Fellows have experienced spiritual formation, social justice training, direct service work in non-profit organizations, and living in intentional Quaker community as the key elements of their first year with QVS. This background provides them with an ideal foundation for participating in a program that focuses on Quaker leadership development including placement in one of the Quaker organizations in the Philadelphia area. The Fellows will also continue the process of spiritual formation, both individually and as a group, and are expected to participate in the worship and activities of a monthly and quarterly meeting, as well as Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Such involvement will also deepen their understanding of Quaker faith and practice, while continuing to build their leadership and organizational skills. 

The program year is from September 3rd, 2017- July 25th, 2018.

Alumni Fellowship Job Description

Position: Quaker Voluntary Service Alumni Fellow

Quaker Voluntary Service’s Alumni Fellowship is an 11-month program in which individuals who have completed a year of service with QVS can deepen their involvement in the Quaker community by participating in a second year. The Alumni Fellowship provides the opportunity to continue the learning and growth from the first year with QVS, but with more professional and leadership development and a little less structure.

Alumni Fellows work full time in a Quaker organization while continuing to explore themes of spiritual and personal growth with local Quakers. Fellowships are primarily available in Philadelphia, PA. Examples of possible site placements include the American Friends Service Committee, Friends Journal, Friends Fiduciary Corporation, Friends World Committee for Consultation, Pendle Hill, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and Friends General Conference. Fellowships may also be available in other cities as way opens, depending on alumni demand and available site placement opportunities.

Unlike the first year QVS program, Alumni Fellows are expected to be more independent and will take responsibility for the development of their own community, learning, and spiritual growth opportunities. QVS staff will remain available to support, consult, or help alumni Fellows in any way they may need throughout the year. Alumni Fellows will also continue to be supported by and encouraged to engage with local Quaker communities, but are not asked to worship with a specific Monthly Meeting.

Alumni Fellows receive assistance finding suitable housing, full reimbursement for housing and utilities, a public transit pass, health and wellness support (including access to health insurance if needed), a combined grocery allowance/living stipend (while still modest, the stipend will be increased for second year Fellows), and financial support for paying off student loan debt. Alumni are also financially supported in attending conferences which enhance both professional and spiritual growth. Alumni Fellows serve as support staff for national orientation for first year QVS Fellows.

Meet our current year Alumni Fellows

Emily McGrew

Emily McGrew

Emily McGrew was born and raised in New Castle, Indiana and attended New Castle First Friends Meeting. She graduated from Earlham College in 2015 with a degree in Biology. Studying German language, playing flute and piano, and working at the Joseph Moore Museum for Natural History were formative experiences during school. Her first QVS year was spent at the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. She is excited to be serving a second year through QVS, this time with the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia.

Kate Monahan

Kate Monahan grew up in New Haven, CT attending New Haven Friends Meeting. She graduated from Haverford College in 2014 with a double major in History and Spanish. While at Haverford, she spent a summer working at the Casa de los Amigos in Mexico City, a Quaker guesthouse and social justice organization. She completed her first year as a QVS Fellow in Philadelphia at DePaul Catholic School, where she worked as an assistant to the Curriculum Director. Kate is excited and grateful to further explore her Quakerism and the intersection of the for-profit and non-profit worlds. Kate will be working at Friends Fiduciary in Philadelphia this year as an Alumni Fellow.

Lena Glickman

Lena GlickmanLena Glickman grew up in a small town in Southern Vermont. She graduated from Oberlin College where she majored in history, focusing on race and class in America. In her junior year she spent a semester in Southern Africa, studying apartheid, the liberation struggle and globalization. She spent her first QVS year with Pennsylvania Working Families, organizing for a livable minimum wage and building power around economic and racial justice in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Her first year with QVS gave her the opportunity to explore questions about creating change: how do we move ourselves and others toward action? How do we build–personally and politically–healthy, accountable, joyful and just communities? QVS was her first experience with Quakerism and she is looking forward to continuing to explore Quaker spirituality and practice. She is excited to spend her second year with QVS at Friends General Conference, working in their Ministry on Racism to address White Supremacy in the Religious Society of Friends.

Gage Beemish

Gage Beemish grew up in central Oregon where he developed a strong appreciation for the outdoors and a love of spending time outside. In central Oregon he attended a Quaker meeting, and has continually been involved in The North West Yearly Meeting of Friends in a variety of roles since then. After high school, Gage moved to the Portland area to attend George Fox University. After one semester of studying film production, Gage made the choice to explore life outside of University. This phase of life was the most formative and foundational time for him coming to learn about himself, and understanding his place in the world around him. While coming to learn more and more about the work his heart wants to be involved with, Gage still maintains the desire to artistically capture and tell stories through film. Aspiring to learn and encourage others in seeking to live in tune with our world and the people in it, Gage deeply cares for issues of non-violence, social justice, and social/environmental sustainability. His alignment to the heart of Quaker values has only increased his interest in this work. In May of 2015, Gage spent five weeks working at the Ramallah Friends School in the West Bank. In his brief time there, Gage helped with an English class, worked with photography around the school, helped on the playground as part of the school’s conflict resolution program, and aided in an English class designed for young business professionals. On a larger scale, Gage was there to explore two things: his heart for involvement in that particular conflict, and to explore how to come alongside and simply be with people who are living under oppression. As a first year QVS Fellow, Gage worked with the Energy Coordinating Agency, managing their public workshops program. He was thrilled to combine his heart for people and their quality of life, with his passion to work toward a healthy environment by promoting energy conservation. Gage looks forward to continuing his journey with QVS working with Philadelphia Yearly Meeting as a Program Associate for Community Engagement, Alumni Fellow. Community and Quaker values have been an instrumental part of Gage’s growth, and through his second year with QVS, he is looking forward to continual learning of how to integrate his values into his self, community, and work.

Elijah Walker

Elijah Walker grew up in the cotton fields of Northeast Arkansas. He was heavily involved in the LGBTQ+ in the rural south, including his positions on the boards of directors for the Arkansas Trans Equality Coalition and the inaugural Northeast Arkansas Pride event. Elijah is a spoken word poet and amateur musician, and roborovski hamsters are his favorite animal. Elijah is still relatively new to the Friends community! Although there were no Friends meetings or churches near his home, Elijah felt a strong leading to experience the Quaker Way. In 2015, he moved to Portland, OR for his initial year of service with QVS, where he worked with West Hills Friends and Reedwood Friends Church. Elijah is eager to explore his call to pastoral ministry as he continues working at West Hills Friends during his year as an Alumni Fellow in Portland, OR. West Hills Friends.

Current Alumni Fellowship Site Placements 2016-17 

Friends Fiduciary Corporation

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Friends Fiduciary Corporation is a Quaker non-profit providing professional, socially responsible investment management services exclusively to Quaker organizations, serving over 320 Friends meetings, churches, schools and organizations across the country.

The QVS Alum will work closely with the Executive Director and other staff to support our socially responsible investment work, assist in marketing efforts, database maintenance, special projects and support some day to day office activities. The QVS Alum will learn about and work on a variety of human rights and economic and social justice issues, with particular emphasis on the impacts of corporate activity on climate change, sustainability reporting, lobbying, human trafficking, and ethical practices in the financial sector. This work will advance best practices within companies to mitigate their impact on climate change and will support an initiative to leverage FFC’s position as socially responsible investors to advance climate solutions. The QVS Alum will assist in interpreting and communicating the value of this work to FFC’s stakeholders.

Click here for a description of specific job duties.

Friends General Conference

Friends General Conference provides services and resources for individual Friends, meetings, and people interested in the Quaker way. FGC is an association of regional Quaker communities in the U.S. and Canada working together to nurture a vital Quaker faith. Founded in 1900, FGC has grown from a voluntary organization of seven yearly meetings, created to hold a “general conference” every other year, to an association of fourteen yearly meetings, supplemented with regional groups and individual meetings. FGC continues to sponsor an annual Gathering of Friends.

At its heart, FGC is a member and volunteer led organization. The way FGC operates is deeply rooted in the Quaker testimonies and based on Quaker practices. We believe that through worship and openness to God’s will, the right focus and direction for the organization will emerge. Discernment is achieved through broad participation of Friends from around the country in a variety of committees.

The QVS Alumni Fellow will serve as the Ministry on Racism Support Specialist, working closely with the Committee for Nurturing Ministries (CNM) coordinator for the ministry on racism work, the Committee for Nurturing Ministries (and other FGC staff as appropriate.) The support specialist assists the coordinator and committee with their routine work, planning of consultations and conferences, and also assists with inquiries from monthly, quarterly and yearly meetings. The support specialist assists with supporting the FGC staff in its diversity work and identifying resources that nurture the work of addressing racism within the Religious Society of Friends. This year (2017-2018) the support specialist will assist CNM with supporting FGC with initiating the Institutional Cultural Assessment. The fellow should have experience in or a desire to develop experience with a diverse range of individuals regarding age, race, gender and ethnic backgrounds, and should understand White Supremacy is a systemic problem within the United States and Canada. The Fellow should work autonomously, write clearly and directly, as well as have the ability to edit written materials.

Friends World Committee for Consultation Section of the Americas (FWCC)

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Created out of vision and hope almost a century ago, Friends World Committee for Consultation (FWCC)today is a broad association of Quaker Yearly Meetings stretching across all branches of Friends- an interweaving of relationships, histories, and concerns. Answering God’s call to universal love, FWCC brings Friends of varying traditions and cultural experiences together in worship, communications and consultation, to express our common heritage and our Quaker message to the world. We envision a thriving and integrated network of Friends from the Arctic to the Andes, woven together in transformative faith, learning to love, listen, and witness.

The QVS Alumni Fellow will assist with the Funding Innovation Program, exploring new ideas for one or more alternative funding possibilities using models from other faith-based non-profit organizations. This work will be done with transparency and fair trade ethics. It will experiment with at least one model in this five-year period. . The Fellow will gain experience in aspects of non-profit board management, researching, planning and implementing a new social enterprise project, learn about the burgeoning field of social enterprise, and about fundraising in a non-profit and specifically Quaker environment. There is a very strong preference for Fellows who can read, write and speak Spanish in addition to English. And because international travel may be required, although it is not guaranteed, the ability to obtain a passport and necessary travel documents for legal travel with the Americas is also required.

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Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

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Philadelphia Yearly Meeting is a regional association of local Quaker communities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, northern Maryland, and southern New Jersey. We bring Quakers in our region together to deepen our collective spirituality and to build synergistic relationships. We develop programs that serve local Quaker communities in a spirit of collaboration and fun. We cultivate volunteers and staff who help make the leadings of our yearly meeting community come alive and discern corporate witness when it arises.

The Communications Associate for Community Engagement is a QVS Alumni Fellow who supports the innovative development of energizing content towards building a culture of sharing our stories, to inspire, motivate and hearten each other as needed. The Alumni Fellow helps encourage the communities that make up Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to publicize their work and ministry with each other and with the wider body of Friends.

Click here for a more in depth description of job duties.

If you have any questions about the QVS Alumni Fellowship program, please email Assistant Director Ross Hennesy: [email protected]

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