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National Service Scholar Beth Bryant

Beth Bryant ‘03 • MBA in Nonprofit Management, The Heller School ‘10

According to Beth Bryant there's not a day that goes by that she is not using something she learned at City Year in everyday life. Today, Bryant is the Managing Director of MetroLacrosse, a sports based youth-development organization, working with a staff of seven people who engage more than 700 children. Prior to her current position, Bryant served with City Year Boston as a corps member and then led other corps members as a Program Manager and Program Director, then moving on to Development Director for City Year Chicago. Bryant went on to receiver her MBA in nonprofit Management from The Heller School at Brandeis University.

It was through City Year that Bryant was able to explore the option of pursuing a graduate degree. With interests split between the betterment of today's youth and developmental management, The Heller School's MBA in Nonprofit Management allowed her to fully explore both areas of interest. And it was the lasting impressions of City Year that helped her to excel in her time at The Heller School.

"One of the best things City Year did for me was to instill the fundamental belief that young people can lead. After my time with City Year, I was very confident in my abilities and my leadership qualities which allowed me to contribute at a high level to graduate school work”.

Bryant considers the broad curriculum at Heller to be one of its best attributes. During her time at Heller she studied various aspects of a nonprofit organization from finance to human resources to the role of social entrepreneurship today. As part of the program, students simulate a nonprofit organization being built from the ground up. Bryant says, "Everything that I saw while working at City Year, some component of it is evident in the course work. I was able to experience one side of the nonprofit field through City Year and then go on to learn the fundamentals from Heller”.

Bryant's biggest tip for future graduate students is the knowledge that they have just completed one of the most rigorous years of their lives by serving and that they will be well prepared for anything graduate school throws their way.

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