Chavon has recently relocated to the Orlando area. Before relocating to Florida, Chavon earned her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies, Public Policy, and Writing from Hobart and William Smith College. She has served as an educator for four years in Jacksonville, Florida. Even though she dedicated her early career to educating youth, community outreach has always been her source of inspiration. It started when she served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Jacksonville, where she mentored and tutored students from underserved communities. During this time, Chavon developed a fervent passion for education reform and providing students with access to an education that teaches the complete child, not simply reaching their intellect alone.
Upon completing her year service with City Year, Chavon decided to pursue her Master’s of Educational Leadership at the University of North Florida. While earning her graduate degree, Chavon began to teach students with specialized needs at New Leaf School for Change. She continued to remain connected to AmeriCorps, by serving as a Cultural Competence Coach for Teach For America Memphis. This opportunity catapulted Chavon into becoming an AmeriCorps member for Teach For America Jacksonville, where she continued to provide quality instruction and community advocacy. After completing this service journey, Chavon realized that she was well-equipped to embark on a new frontier of civic engagement: servant leadership.
With a wealth of experiences and a heart for service, Chavon began researching local nonprofit organizations in the Orlando area and fell in love with Hope Community Center’s mission. As Chavon transitions into her new role as Hope Community Center’s Notre Dame AmeriCorps Site Director, she is optimistic about the prospects of cultivating the passion and power that rest within each AmeriCorps member that she will be supporting in their service journey.
To learn more about the Notre Dame Mission Volunteer AmeriCorps program at Hope click here.