Ethan Brown ’20 has been accepted into Rochester Youth Year, an AmeriCorps VISTA-sponsored program that places recent college graduates with community organizations tackling the effects of poverty on local children and families.
An educational studies major with a concentration in students with emotional and behavioral disabilities and those who have experienced trauma, Brown says his life goal is “to impact change, especially for children.” With Rochester Youth Year, he will work to make change by solving problems within a community organization.
Brown has worked at Hillside Family of Agencies and the Youth Advocate Program in Wayne County, N.Y., and as a mentor for Eye to Eye, an organization dedicated to empowering individuals with learning disabilities. He is drawn to the work because of his own learning disabilities. “I always see myself in these kids,” he says. “I know how hard it can be to stand up for yourself and have a voice.”
While Brown has spent a lot of time working directly with the children served by these organizations, he hasn’t had the chance to work on the problems the organizations face. “This is a great opportunity to build that skill,” he says. “I’m not working with the kids — I’m working for the kids.”
On campus, Brown worked on the Sports Medicine team with the William Smith soccer and Hobart lacrosse teams, served as co-president of the Model African Union club and is in the HWS Leads certificate program.
Brown’s year of service begins in August. “I want to continue to impact change at higher and higher levels,” he says. “This is just the beginning.”