Hello Bring on the Books community! My name is Jessica Oliphant. I’m a first year student at NYU, studying International Relations, but I am also the Outreach Intern for BOB and the newest member of the team. I lived my entire life in St. Louis, Missouri until moving to New York in August. I’m also a mediocre runner and pizza enthusiast. As far as future careers go, I’m still trying to figure that out, but I’d love to continue working with nonprofits. Here at BOB, I reach out to businesses that I think would make good partners for us. I make connections and build relationships with local organizations, schools, and nonprofits to build a network of partners for Bring on the Books.
I got involved with BOB when our executive director, Hediya, came to talk to a group of service oriented first year students. Hediya talked to us about the importance of literacy and leadership, and I really connected with her enthusiasm for reading and her organization. I was so inspired by her message and the mission of BOB that I knew I had to get involved. Hediya agreed to meet with me, and I’ve gotten to spend my first one and half semesters of college working on BOB and getting to know the fantastic team
In the future, I see the Bring on the Books app closing the gap between New York City’s wealthy and poor. As people are able to easily donate their books, others are able to gain access to them. Education and literacy open the door to so many possibilities, so New Yorkers of all economic backgrounds will have the resources they need to succeed.
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