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march madness.

Here’s a note from Area Director for Alaska, Jamie Smeland:

“While the phrase ‘March Madness’ most often inspires images of rowdy college basketball fans, at JVC Northwest it refers to the start of our exciting interview season.  For both applicants and JVC Northwest staff, it’s game time!  Although we may not be scrambling to fill out brackets or debating the infallibility of a particular No. 1 seed or Cinderella team, we are working diligently to interview the hundreds of applicants interested in the JV experience.  It is a sacred and inspiring process to read applicants’ stories of discernment and to listen to descriptions of their hopes and fears about being a JV.  We are grateful for the enthusiasm and dedication to service that these future JVs bring, and we are excited to welcome them to our team!”

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Upcoming Virtual Events

"JVC Northwest 101: Service and Community"

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn about all that makes a year of service with JVC Northwest unique. We’ll talk about the opportunities available, what intentional community looks like, and dive into our values of social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A. Register here. 

"How to Make Your Application Stand Out"

Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn how you can position yourself to be a strong candidate for service with JVC Northwest. With one week left before the April 26 priority deadline, this will also be the perfect time to get a handle on each step of the application, interview, matching, and placement process. Register here. 

Zayna Abusada

JVC Northwest Recruiter

Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.