Alice M. Shanahan Appointed to the New Jersey Advisory Board of America Needs You
MARC is pleased to announce that Alice M. Shanahan, a partner in the Firm’s Environmental Practice group, has been appointed to the New Jersey Advisory Board of America Needs You (ANY), a national nonprofit organization that fights for economic mobility for first generation college students through transformative mentorship and intensive career development.
Since its start in New York in 2009, ANY has been improving college completion and employment rates for first-generation college students. The organization was founded on the belief that socio-economic status should not be a barrier to college persistence and career success. ANY expanded to New Jersey in 2012, Illinois in 2015, and California in 2016.
The New Jersey site of ANY began with a class of 25 Fellows. Today, ANY partners with Rutgers University and other two-and four-year schools in northern and central New Jersey to recruit students. While there are a multitude of college access programs for high school seniors and job assistance programs for low-wage earners, there are few programs that ensure first-generation students stay in school and build the skills necessary to prepare for long-term careers.
As a member of the New Jersey Advisory Board, Alice works with eight other board members who are dedicated to ANY’s mission to serve its Fellows by fostering an inclusive community through active recruitment; training; partnerships with academic, professional and philanthropic organizations; and a commitment to building an authentic culture for all community members.
“Especially at a time like this, when the pandemic has impacted low-income families and created uncertainty about education, it is critical for us to help first-generation college students and provide them with the tools they need to become leaders in our communities, companies and country,” said Alice. “I am excited to work with my fellow Board members and all of the leaders, staff, volunteers and Fellows across the organization, who all support the need for building an inclusive community and workforce.”
There are many ways to support ANY, and those opportunities are explained further on the organization’s website. A donation to America Needs You supports key elements of the Fellows Program that are necessary for student success. Donations in any denomination are greatly appreciated and can be made here.