“I have greatly enjoyed connecting to the community and understanding the role of Ciudad Nueva in the greater context of El Paso as a borderland city,” shared Sophie Wozniak, a current Border Fellow. Sophie is one of several recent college graduates participating in the Border Fellows program to learn the ins and outs of what it means to live, serve, and lead in a border community.
Here at Ciudad Nueva, a key part of our mission is equipping leaders who will help carry on God’s work in our neighborhoods to help communities thrive. In addition to mentoring and empowering local youth, we also seek to empower those called to serve in nonprofit organizations like ours. That’s where the Border Fellows program comes in.
Through this 10-month leadership development program, recent college graduates deepen their understanding of what it means to integrate their faith and gifts in their work. They volunteer with youth and learn about community development and transformation, all while working closely alongside staff who eagerly pass on their wisdom and experience. It’s an opportunity like no other.
“I’ve learned a lot about nonprofit work and community development,” said Border Fellow Jennifer Foliaco. “I’ve learned from watching Tamy coordinate with neighborhood members and mobilize people to collaborate and accomplish amazing things for our kids and for their own careers and personal well-being.”
Though they may be here for the short term, we know their experiences and service will have a long-term impact. The Border Fellows leave a mark with each relationship they build and life they touch. And through it all, they are growing as leaders and preparing for the next opportunity God calls them to.