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journey of a jv application

Danielle Bastien, Area Director for Alaska, shares pictures to illustrate the journey of a JV application from the time an applicant submits it to officially becoming a JV:

As a JV applicant, you might be wondering what happens to your application after you click submit on the JVC Northwest website. When I was an applicant, I was definitely curious what was going on behind the scenes. Hopefully this photo essay will shed a little light on the journey of your application after it’s been submitted.

Application Blog Post Screen Shot

Maybe you heard about JVC Northwest from meeting our Recruiter, Ian, at your college or university. Or, maybe you heard about the program through a friend or former volunteer. However you became interested in JVC Northwest, the application process begins when you fill out an application. You can fill out the application online or send in a paper copy. Though the priority deadline was March 1st, we still accept applications on a rolling basis–so turn in your application as soon as possible if you’re interested!

Christie, our Recruitment and Marketing Manager,  is the main contact person if you have questions about the application process or want to learn more about the program. Feel free to call or email her!

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Christie also receives the applications as they are submitted. She prints the applications and sorts them into separate applicants.

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Next, the application goes to Rachel. She processes the applications, inputting information into the computer, following up with missing and complete forms, and filing them in a safe (locked!) place.

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Julia, with help from a few others, does an initial screening of the application, deciding who will receive an interview. She then matches applicants with an area director who will conduct the interview. You may recognize Julia (or her voice) from the prospective JV conference call.

Julia - App

Megan is one of a team of area directors who has just received an applicant to interview. Megan contacts the applicant to schedule an interview.

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After setting up an interview, the next step is reading through every piece of the application. Bonnie shows us how it’s done with highlighter in hand.

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Next is the interview itself! Anthony, earplug in one ear and headset in the other ear, is in the midst of an interview. He has the application out in case he needs to refer to it and is furiously typing notes so he can remember what is shared during the interview when he reviews with other area directors.

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Finally, there are a series of conversations: First, the area directors discuss the interview and decide whether or not to offer an applicant acceptance into the program. Next, the area director/interviewer talks with the applicant about what positions they are interested in pursuing as a JV. Below you can see a big board where we keep track of open positions and which applicant is matched to which position. You can see me matching an applicant to a position. From there, the applicant interviews with the specific agency we have matched them with, and if both JV and the agency are excited about the applicant’s fit for the position, then the applicant officially becomes a JV for the next year!

Danielle - App

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Get to Know JVC Northwest

Thursday, October 28 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT

Join us to learn all the basics about a year of service in the Pacific Northwest, including where you can serve, what you might do, and how to apply. Our Recruiter, Zayna, will also share her experience as a JV in both Alaska and Montana. Finally, we’ll open it up for an informal Q+A.

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.

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