HANSA nonprofit program to beginHamilton students interested in pursuing a career in nonprofit management will have a chance to hone their skills, thanks to a new program being launched this fall. The Hamilton Alliance for Nonprofit Strategic Advancement (HANSA) will partner with nonprofit agencies in the Mohawk Valley on specific projects and staff the agencies with student fellows interested in pursuing nonprofit leadership roles.
Five students have been selected as program fellows for the 2008-09 academic year. Sofía Guerrón '10, Phillip Hoying '09, Julia Pollan '10, Emily Smith '09 and Andrew Pape '10 will work with such agencies as the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, YWCA of the Mohawk Valley and Kids Educational Youth Services. HANSA will be operated through Hamilton's Foundation, Corporate and Government Relations Office, staffed by William Billiter and Amy Lindner, who will provide training and mentoring.
Through the HANSA fellows program, students will receive hands-on training that will enable them to complete semester-long projects on behalf of agencies. "These students will have a substantive effect on the agencies at the administrative level," Billiter said. They will work in such areas as finance and fundraising and program evaluation and will report directly to their organization's CEO. "They will obtain training and step into administrative-level roles," he said. "That, in turn, will enable them to pursue a graduate-level education in nonprofit management."