Amanda Williams
Year
2019

Amanda L. Williams is the Community and Communications Associate at an all-girls public charter high school in Albany, New York. She is originally from Flint, Michigan and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Relations and Policy from Michigan State University. Amanda served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellow in Albany, New York for two years. Her time in AmeriCorps*VISTA had a very positive impact on her life, as she discovered ways to combine her passions for community service and education by applying the social justice skills she learned in undergrad with the leadership and analytical skills she developed through the AmeriCorps*VISTA Fellows program to service her students. In those years, Amanda built an intercollegiate mentor program, working with over 50 college students from five different institutions. She primarily worked with secondary education students, helping them to earn over 7,500 community service hours. Amanda’s passion for community service has fostered numerous partnerships and inspired students to develop their own leadership skills into progressive career pathways. In partnering with many non-profit organizations through her work, she has earned an award from the YMCA of the Capital Region in 2016.

Amanda has dedicated most of her life to service but is also passionate about racial equality and higher education. Amanda is passionate and supportive of policies that work to strengthen access and opportunities for disadvantaged youth to reach and succeed in higher education. Amanda aspires to earn her Master’s degree and to continue working in the education field.

Amanda personally loves hip hop music, spoken word poetry, and theatre. She volunteers as a lighting technician, as well as by serving meals to those in need.