An outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking, kayaking, biking, tennis, and gardening, Emma Venard has brought a breath of fresh air as TPF4Y's newest AmeriCorps VISTA member!
After graduating from Indiana University in 2014 with a degree in international studies and human rights (and a summer of conservation work in Ghana under her belt), Emma started on a slew of experiences that aligned with her studies and interests. She began in the fall of 2014 by moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to build hiking trails with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps for a semester, then returned to Indianapolis for a spring internship with Purchased, a nonprofit raising awareness about human trafficking and the sex slave industry. She spent the following summer as a camp counselor with the Chase Legacy Center, and then moved on to her favorite of all of these opportunities: becoming an Education Coordinator with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, where she worked with the target population of our US2020 initiative for 4 months before joining the TPF4Y team.
As the US2020 Corporate & Community Coordinator, Emma spends her time on volunteer recruitment and strengthening corporate partnerships. She was drawn to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA with TPF4Y because of the proactive human rights aspect of creating educational access for females, minorities, and kids from low income families.
In her free time, Emma enjoys cooking new vegetarian dishes, planning future travel to warmer climates, and hanging out with her beloved dog, Apollo, and adorable nieces.
Welcome, Emma - we're looking forward to working with you this year!