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December 13, 2013
Introducing the newest member to our Pride Center Family!
Category: Center Support,General,Programs — Capital Pride Center @ 11:47 am
photo 1Hello Capital Region!
Let me take this time to introduce myself. My name is Alison Horgan and I am an AmeriCorps VISTA with Siena College working at The Pride Center of the Capital Region as a Program Development Assistant. In this role, I will be assisting with the development of the Pride Center’s youth program by strengthening its existing community connections and creating new ones.
I graduated from The Academy of the Holy Names in 2002 and went on to Manhattan College with a track scholarship, graduating Cum Laude in 2006 with two degrees; Psychology and Communications. After college, I moved back to Albany and briefly worked at La Salle Institute before accepting a position at the New York State Senate in the Office of the Majority Leader. I worked at the Senate for 6 years before taking a year off to join AmeriCorps. I will return to work for the Senate when my year of service is done, in August 2014.
When I first joined AmeriCorps in July 2013, I was living and working on the Gulf Coast in South Mississippi. It is true when they say “there’s no place like home.” While the beach and warm weather were a wonderful change and the work fulfilling, I missed my roots and transferred home.
What is AmeriCorps VISTA? Great question! Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program designed specifically to fight poverty in America. Each VISTA member makes a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. With passion, commitment, and hard work, VISTA’s create or expand programs designed to bring individuals and communities out of poverty.
In addition to my professional career, I am a musician and vocalist. I have been performing in school and community theatre since 1997, have been a pianist since the age of 4, have been a member of my church choir since the age of 13, have sang in numerous vocal competitions and played keyboard and sang female lead vocals with a local rock and blues band. I am also a karaoke queen. Performing under the name ‘Ali Fabulous’, you can usually find me anywhere that has karaoke or an open mic night. I am also a hunter; a fact about me that surprises most people.
In closing, transferring home was the best decision I could have made. Since I have been home, I have felt the warmth and sense of community I so missed. Home to me isn’t just where the heart is; it is where my family is, where my love of music started, where my friends are and where my awareness for community service began. While I was away, I realized how important home is to me, and why I had to finish my year of service at home in my community, in my Albany.
Program Development Assistant
Siena College AmeriCorps VISTA
Pride Center of the Capital Region
332 Hudson Avenue
Albany, NY 12210
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Horgan, Alison [MC2006]
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