The 25th Future Leaders of York class graduated in May 2014. We're proud to share updates from FLY alumni on how their participation in the program influenced their leadership development.
Meet Jill Reinholt, FLY 06
Future Leaders of York was one of my first meaningful professional experiences. I gained knowledge and confidence through the program that has helped me to be successful to this day. After graduating from Red Lion Area Senior High School, I attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. I was a dual major in Marketing and Management and earned my BBA in May 2011, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Throughout my time at Hofstra, I had various internships and jobs on campus that helped to shape my experience. I interned in Paris one summer as well as Conde Nast Publications, United Way of Long Island and 5min Media, a tech startup that was recently purchased by AOL. I also worked in the Admissions department for 4 years and was a Resident Assistant for 2 years.
Halfway through my senior year, I decided to apply to Teach For America and was accepted into the 2011 corps. I taught elementary special education for 2 years in the South Bronx. It was the most incredible, life-changing experience. After finishing my second year of teaching, I decided to work for Teach For America - New York. I am currently the Assistant to the Executive Director in our New York office. I continue working with children through tutoring and volunteer activities all over New York City.
Future Leaders of York was the basis of my career in serving others. The knowledge I gained through our various visits to service agencies showed me that it was possible to work in meaningful ways for communities. It was also beneficial to meet and develop relationships with my peers throughout York county that were interested in doing work that would benefit others. I am grateful for my time with Future Leaders of York because the experiences, in combination with other things that I have done since, continue to motivate me to work on behalf of those that need it.
Future Leaders of York helps high school sophomores and juniors learn to become lifelong, responsible, active participants in their community. The class of 2014 included 37 students, representing 17 York County high schools. Program expenses come out to $1200 per student and tuition covers only 25% of that cost. Please contact us if you are interested in sponsorship or individual giving opportunities to help underwrite this program.