Cali Cornacchia Moore

Cali Cornacchia Moore

Manager, Career & Education Pathways


Service Year Alliance

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
When I was in middle school, I was in after-school programming run by AmeriCorps members.
I continued to work with them in high school, and knew I wanted to do a year of service like them.
In college, I didn't know what to major in, so I explored classes and chose sociology/politics.
I participated in many clubs, service events, and travel opportunities to figure out my passions.
After graduating, I worked for a year as an intern in the community service office at my school.
I moved to DC to do a service year with AmeriCorps VISTA tutoring elementary kids.
I got a 1 year position as the Eli Segal Fellow at CNCS, the federal agency that runs AmeriCorps.
Because of my work with all types of service organizations, I got a position at Service Year.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Essex High School
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
Ohio Wesleyan University

Career

Manager, Career & Education Pathways

I help connect work done by young people during a service year to career and education opportunities.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Education
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

Every day, I work on securing partnerships that will put service year members on their desired career or education paths after serving. I might have a meeting with an organization we are working with, or maybe a team meeting to brainstorm new ideas, or I might browse the internet for new career-connection opportunities. Sometimes I get to go to conferences or presentations to hear from other professionals about how they are working to connect young people to 21st century skills and better jobs.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

To do my work, I think it is important to have done a year of service yourself. It is helpful for me to imagine what current corps members would want in education and career opportunities because I was in their shoes not too long ago. I think looking for small education or conference opportunities is also helpful to get a sense of the field.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

I think that there is a lot of pressure for high schoolers to go to college right away, even if they aren't sure what they want to do. I believe that taking some time off (like doing a service year!!) can help you figure out yourself more and what you might want to do or how you are as a learner. Taking time to figure out what you truly want will make your college experience (if you decide that path) so much better. And, a year of service at any time could lead to a career path like mine!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"Community service is great, but when are you going to get a real job? How are you going to make money?"

Challenges I Overcame

Financial