Passion Wins Magazine | January 2020

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Passion Wins

January 2020|


Event Planning Tips Build Your Professional Brand

THANK YOU TO OUR INVESTORS Mission Accomplished Transition Services offers a variety of programs and initiatives that help students transition from school to career. These programs would not be possible without our investors. Companies, organizations, and individuals support Mission Accomplished by investing their time, talent and treasure.

Time: Individuals investing countless volunteer hours to execute quality programs, events, advisement, and governance.

Talent: Sharing specific professional network, skills, reputation, and other resources to help us help students prepare for careers, higher education, and philanthropy.

Treasure: Individuals, for-profits, and non-profits investing money or goods to help our students thrive, and help Mission Accomplished survive.

These investors come from a wide variety of indus­tries and they bring various talents, experience and specialties that enable Mission Accomplished to continue supporting students in the Capital Region and beyond.

The Albany Fund for Education Enhancing opportunities for students to learn, grow, and succeed since 1998. Is proud to partner with

Mission Accomplished Transition Services to open doors for Albany's students

FROM THE CHIEF COACH & FOUNDER Dear Influencer: This year my team and I are reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. I was encouraged to start our company book club with this book because of its content and context. The habits are easy to read, easy to understand and relatable. Below I share Covey’s habits and my interpretation. HABIT 1: Be Proactive. Exercising this habit limits stress, prevents becoming overwhelmed, and allows space to both prepare and feel prepared. HABIT 2: Begin with the End in Mind. Exercising this habit provides perspective and vision. When you begin a project or task or prepare to manage a situation, keep your vision clear in mind, and you will create a roadmap to your goal. HABIT 3: Put First Things First. Exercising this habit motivates prioritizing. When we prioritize, we manage our time more effectively and efficiently. Covey encourages his readers to categorize priorities as important, not important, urgent and not urgent. HABIT 4: Think Win-Win. Exercising this habit inspires you to think about and act with the goal of mutual benefit. Everyone wins! HABIT 5: Seek First to Understand, Then, to be Understood. Exercising this habit motivates exploration. When seeking to understand someone else’s point of view, ask questions to gain clarity, then confirm your understanding before you share your perspective. HABIT 6: Synergize. Exercising this habit excites our curious nature. When we are in harmony with others on our team we automatically practice collective thinking, work and responsibility. HABIT 7: Sharpen the Saw. Exercising this habit inspires ongoing self-directed education. Sharpening the saw requires reading, engaging in conferences, workshops and other environments that keep you in the know. This is your transformation. Your year to rethink. Your year to reveal an unforgettable masterpiece. With a Hug + Smile,

Coach Carmen Carmen Duncan Chief Coach and Founder Mission Accomplished Transition Services


7 | 10 Tips On Mixing Patterns by Jasenya McCauley 9 | Student Success Story: My Name is Euegene O’Neill... by Eugene O’Neill 12 | Satisfashion Outlet 14 | Student Sucess Story: I Had a Desire to Push My Makup Artistry Further by Twilisha McClelland


The Construction Initiative bridges the Gap in Albany by Tanique Williams | 17 Student Success Highlights | 18


24 | 10 Event Planning Tips by Sonia Romos


How To Save Money as a Young Adult by Allie Massey | 28 5 Reasons Why I Love Volunteering for Mission Accomplished by Johnathan Richardson | 29 2nd Annual Friendgiving Dinner | 31 10 Things Every Adult Should Know by Anne Vaeth | 32 2020 Carolynisms (Words to Live By) by Carolyn McLaughlin | 33 Around the Capital Region | 35 Milllennials by the Numbers by Anne Vaeth | 37 S.M.A.R.T. Goals | 38 Higher Education C.A.R.E Packages | 40


43 | Create a Purposeful Gap Year Program by Carmen Duncan 44 | The Benefits of Paid Internships by Anne Vaeth 45 |Top Tips For Your First Day on the Job by Alisa Wilson 46 | How to Stay Focused in a Distracting World by Alisa Wilson 47 | Brand Identity is NOT Just for Businesses by Carmen Duncan 48 | The Coaching Pathway 50 | The Benefits of Pro Bono Services 52 | Meaningful Tech Careers Start with Workforce Development Programs, too by Mark Wiltshire

OUR STORY Mission Accomplished Transition Services, Inc. was founded by Carmen Duncan, a millennial who dodged the potential negative outcomes of teenage homelessness and poverty. She beat the adverse childhood experiences with the help of family, coaches, mentors and sponsors who believed in her ability to control her future and pursue her vision. Carmen’s life experiences motivated her to “pay it forward” by establishing an organization that provides career coaching, mentorship and sponsorship from leaders who recognize the power of rising professionals, the skills they already have and are committed to helping them make their dream careers a reality. Mission Accomplished is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Albany, NY. Mission Accomplished was incorporated December 2012.

OUR MISSION We envision that students will become mature, active, compassionate citizens who are empowered to take responsibility for themselves and promote a future of purpose. We live our vision everyday by helping students develop their self-identity and recognize themselves as powerful members of society who influence societal change and the business market.


10 Tips on Mixing Patterns By Jasenya McCauley, Styld n’ EMRGD 1. Pair patterns based on color, shape, and pattern size. Successful pattern mixing balances the relationships among these three pattern elements. 2. Build off a color palette. Start with one pattern that includes the colors you want to accentuate then build your look by adding patterns containing the same color palette, a complementary color palette, or one color from the primary patterns’ color palette. 3. Pattern shapes are round or angular. Pattern shapes usually work well together. Mixing pattern shapes are successful when colors and sizes are harmonious.

4. Pattern sizes are small, medium, or large. Patterns with medium shapes pair well with both small or large shapes. Pairing small with large are more difficult but can be done when using similar color palettes. 5. Play it safe with monochromatic palettes. This is a great way to start pattern mixing without being overwhelmed and giving up. 6. Play with patterns by mixing textures. A mixed pattern effect can be created by combining varying garment textures. This is a great option for those who’ve mastered color mixing and want to explore mixing various textures of fabric.

7. Focus on what you think will work for you, not what you saw work on someone else. This speaks for itself. Try things that inspire you but courageous enough to accept if a certain look does not create the best look for you, although it may work for someone else. 8. Don’t be afraid to make a bold statement. Pattern mixing of any skill level creates a bold look that others won’t soon forget! Wear your selections with confidence and remember that fashion is subjective. 9. Don’t forget about your accessories. Accessories with patterns are the safest way to pattern mix in my opinion. Pair your favorite pat-

terned necklace, bracelet, purse, ect. With patterned garments (Dress, top, pants) to create this look. The accessories may not be worn all day or can be taken off if you feel it does not work for you. 10. Take your time. Pattern mixing takes time as does developing your personal style. Enjoy the ride and remember to have fun! I totally enjoy the art of mixing patterns. They have a way of giving my clients confidence while expressing their confidence, and bold self-awareness to the world! If you’re interested in exploring patterns but not sure how, send me a message today.

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My Name is Eugene O’Neill...

A SPEECH BY EUGENE O’NEILL Presented at the Fashion Edition Institute Rites of Passage Ceremony on May 21, 2019

Thank you for coming out tonight, my name is Eugene O’Neill. In 2013 I established Made In Truth Clothing. As a kid I was very much into clothing as a form of art, and I treated them as such. I kept my kicks clean and my shirts fresh, always. I was primarily wearing brands like LRG, Echo, Crooks and Castles. LRG was the biggest influence for me, it was all about the messages and I was proud to represent them. It was mind expansive clothing for the young creative, or even the old creative who never lost their spirit. So here we have me, in 2008 with the audacity to wear a 2XL shirt and baggy jeans. My friend said you look like a flagpole with bags on it. The flagpole remained the same, however the fabric changed. I went to school for art education. I was taking a screen-printing class, which is a process in industry used to print on clothing and paper. I saw a classmate print on a t –shirt in the studio for her senior thesis. I tried it myself, never stopped and began making my own brand and

for every emerging entrepreneur around me. I became obsessed with using this fabric to promote a message and bring people together, because at the end of the day, art truly is just a conversation.

messages, the conversation starts internally. It in part teaches you to share your perspective to others in order to effectively communicate its meaning.

The art itself is just the starting point for something much larger.

• Become known as a fashion designer • I am looking to make upgrades to equipment and acquire new tools to maximize work output efficiency • Traveling for networks, inspiration, perspective and culture. Really filling my cup, to give it back to people. • Continue to develop my art program, Corner Canvas with our community partners 4th Family and Albany Center Gallery. The program works with Art students in the community to create murals with uplifting messages and imagery to form a conversation between the people in need and those with the resources to act.

Made In Truth Clothing. It is an artistic cut and sew clothing brand with thought provoking messages that educate, empower, and promote self-growth. Any conversation, idea or thought can be rooted down to these 3 goals the brand is always striving to cultivate. • Gain the relative experiences of others • Express yourself without saying a word • Inspire to educate See my strength is helping people see the value in themselves; these goals are guidelines to feeding that inner voice.

I have compassion for myself, therefore, I have compassion for you. We build community from a place of vulnerability. My clothing will become an extension of you essentially. The brand guides individuals to express their authentic self. Question the

My Career Goals.

My Brand Goals. • Continuing to enhance my skills in pattern making • Establish manufacturing partners • Develop a product line of 5-10 pieces • Selling in 2 stores/boutiques by next winter • A full rebranding of the website and social media pages in order to develop a more consistent content creation strategy 9

I Gained a Greater Understanding. Through the Fashion Edition program I gained a greater understanding of how to articulate my message, vision and target market. I am more confident in who and what it represents.

The program has been the only thing in a long time that has truly guided and supported me in setting concise attainable goals and priorities for my vision. The mentoring has helped me to be more realistic and intentional as to how I distribute my time. Realizing it’s ok to say no and not wear myself so thin trying to provide for everyone else; using work overload as an excuse to not pursue my own interests; that fear of failure. The coaching makes me be honest about those weaknesses, it teaches you to be accountable, to think critically, solve and apply experienced based learning universally. Every means of communication, how we present ourselves, the way we handle tasks or complete challenges all relate back to the professional world in which we are looking to infiltrate and become apart of. But what got us there is the variety of valuable connections the Fashion Edition team have provided through the resources, insight, and lessons taught from all the entrepreneurs and professionals who donated their time to helping us grow each week in the program. The most valuable portion of the FASHION | 10

experience would have to be first and foremost, the confidence instilled in yourself and believing in the message you are looking to put out in the world. The most important aspect of my development is working with a very talented seamstress. I am learning the language of sewing and its skill sets to become a true fashion designer.

I Need a Team.

Sustaining the Company is My Next Step.

Aside from team development I am asking for funds and in-kind services to support the other expenses; materials, marketing and sales. I need access to manager contacts of celebrities, community icons, entrepreneurial leaders, change makers, and artists that represent the brand message.

As a startup business that has been self funded I don’t have the capitol necessary to evolve to the next step in making the brand self-sustainable. But the benefits of working with me: • I’m constructively honest and take criticism well • I see the bigger picture beyond clothing • I own all my own equipment, which allows for low production costs. I use high quality materials and industry leading machines. • I truly care about the product I’m providing and the customer who appreciates quality and exclusivity.

Top 5 positions that would be essential for brand positioning and consistency. • Assistant • CPA • Social Media Strategist who can analyze and interpret insight and trend analytics • Publicist/Fashion Bloggers • Access to Buyers/Merchandisers

Content creation and physical presence will be essential in developing a strong sales and PR strategy to develop a core following. I am thankful. I just want to thank everyone for coming out tonight and supporting all of us, and thank you to Carmen and Twilisha for everything they have done to guide us. Once again I’m Eugene O’Neill with Made In Truth Clothing – Let me be your brands favorite brand.

The Connections Continue into 2020: The Fashion Edition Institute made me realize I wasn’t alone, and there is much strength in community. Carmen, Jasenya and Fatima have all played a necessary continuous role in my planning and process. Problems are waiting to be solutions when you have a few creative minds working towards the same goal. ~ Eugene, January 2020

FASHION EDITION INSTITUTE Making Connections in the Fashion Industry

[CONTINUES HERE] For Fashion Professionals + Entrepreneurs ages 18-35

The Fashion Edition Institute is for rising fashion professionals and entrepreneurs - designers, wardrobe stylists, makeup artists, models, lifestyle brand owners, creative directors and event producers.

Students will learn the business behind the fashion industry, develop their portfolio and brand, access industry networking and coaching, and be a part of an interactive learning community.

Contact us for more information: 518-207-0209

The Satisfashion Outlet provides rising young professionals, transitioning within the workplace, stylish yet affordable clothing. Our generous donors contribute high-quality, gently-used professional attire for young professionals to purchase at the economical price of just $5 per bag. Each donation benefits the Own Your Career Institute: Fashion Edition, a program that helps rising young fashion professionals bring their career to the next level. The Outlet also features a boutique of on-site fashion services including styling, alterations, makeup and skincare tutorials. Through our collaborative efforts within the Capital Region, our Satisfashion Outlets are hosted by partners from colleges and community-based organizations. Stay tuned for upcoming dates at a location near you...

Troy: April 2020 Albany: August 2020 Schenectady: November 2020

If you would like to host the Satisfashion Outlet, or donate professional attire contact us at or 518-207-0209



I Had a Desire to Push My Makeup Artistry Business Further

BY TWILISHA MCCLELLAND I've been a freelance makeup artist since 2013 offering makeover services, including special events and bridal makeup. I also offer studio, film, and commercial artistry services. In 2016 I wanted to develop professionally. I had a desire to push my makeup artistry business further, but I was still uncertain of my true goal for the business. I decided to apply for the Fashion Edition Institute being offered by Mission Accomplished Transition Services (Mission Accomplished). I was accepted! My involvement with the Fashion Edition Institute, gave me insight into different ways to grow my business, and access to an illustrious network of professionals. My connection with Mission Accomplished has enriched my confidence in my business acumen and my artistry. Something that I hold very dear to my heart is the fact that I can say, without hesitation, "I'm an Editorial Makeup Artist". Prior to the professional and personal development, I would hesitate and FASHION | 14

stumble to say such a thing. Mainly because I didn't truly believe it. I believe in it now. I believe in ME now.

Events Coach. Watching the students during the Rites of Passage Ceremony was especially touching. It was a process come full circle. I was proud of them for pursuing their dreams, and proud of myself for being able to assist them on that journey.

I completed the Fashion Edition Institute in May 2017. Since completing the program, I have accomplished several dreams. In November 2017, I started work- What I find most impactful about ing on my first film, which was Mission Accomplished is the fashot throughout 2018. In 2019, I milial way you are embraced once accepted a position as the Program you encounter this agency and the and Special Events Coach for the people that make it work. You are institute. Currently, I am working loved and supported, even when in the fashion and entertainment you make a mistake, or are not your industries. I have a feature length best self. There is humanity and film on my resume, as well as sevlove just dripping from this agency, eral fashion shows, including the and once you've felt it, it kinda just inaugural Stitched Fashion Show. I feels like home have music video credits as well. Most recently I've been contracted with 518.878.5662 a rising pop artist. My favorite moment of my time with the Fashion Edition Institute came while I was the Program and Special TheFaceGawdess @thefacegawdess TheSugartush



The Construction Initiative bridges the gap in Albany BY TANIQUE WILLIAMS

Networking Mixer for the Construction Industry inspires professionals and job seekers to collaborate and share opportunities. Mission Accomplished Transition Services (Mission Accomplished) hosted a productive networking mixer as part of its Construction Initiative program empowered by the City School District of Albany along with event partners AVillage and the Upstate New York Black Chamber of Commerce. The event brought together a diverse group of Capital Region construction business owners, tradesmen/ women and industry professionals to expand their network and foster relationships for future projects. The Networking Mixer was organized by James Mitchell, Construction Initiative Manager, and Jennifer Danaher, the Construction Initiative Assistant. Andrea Richard, Women and

Minority Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) Compliance Coordinator for the City of Albany, attended the mixer to inform people about the opportunities offered through her office. She explained “by law, the city is required to have a certain percentage of M/ WBE subcontractors on public construction projects. “People can apply to my office to become M/WBE certified,” Richard said. “Once certified with the City, she said M/WBEs are entered into a database that she maintains, which contractors refer to so they can fulfill their percentage requirements. Union organizers also attended the mixer to inform people about the various trades and apprenticeship programs. Phillip Stenglein, organizer for the

Sheet Metal Workers Local 83 said, “sometimes we have trouble getting to the community and sometimes the community has trouble getting to us, so the mixer is a great way to bring everyone together.” He goes on to say “we have great opportunities through our apprenticeship program and building trades, we make good money and have good benefits. It’s a good career with no debt, no college degree” he said. “I felt a lot of goodness happen tonight, and hopefully it enlightened a lot of people who may have thought these jobs were unobtainable,” said Marc Cesta, President and Organizer of UA Local 7 Plumbers & Steamfitters. “Hopefully now they know these jobs in the construction are obtainable to anyone who wants to work hard and put the right foot forward.”


The common sentiment expressed in the room was the importance of networking across to ensure that smaller scale contractors are not overlooked, and building community. Lukee Forbes, volunteer ambassador for the Construction Initiative team said “the event is like a pre-interview process—you get to give that first impression,”. Other participants included professionals from the financial

and real estate industries who attended to meet potential new clients, learn about the issues facing the construction industry and help educate others about the resources available through their industries. “We learned a lot about construction that we honestly were not prepared for. And we didn’t realize how much our hotel was able to meet the needs of the workers,” said Shakera Dunn, Director of Sales at Fairfield Inn

Suites Marriott & Pine Bush Suites. “We wanted to be here to let the workers know we’re here and that we will assist them in anyway that we can.” The event was free and took place on Thursday, November 7, from 6-8:00 p.m. at Youth FX Studios in Albany.

Highlighted Success Stories RAYQUINSHAWN HARRISON, a member

of Local 190, said that he had been out of work due to not having his union book, and was invited to the Networking Mixer by Sal, the union’s representative. “I ended up getting a new job back at Albany High, I start on Monday,” Harrison said. “This was a blessing, I was waiting for this. Now I can purchase my book and I’ll be able to get benefits through Local 190.”

Andre Goodbee, who is an electrician with Local 236, said he was invited by Mitchell and Carmen Duncan, Mission Accomplished Transition Services’ founder and chief coach. Goodbee said he has been involved with the organization for about a year. “Mission Accomplished has been in the community trying to get people jobs on construction projects— I’m actually one of the success stories who was able to secure a job on the Albany High project,” Goodbee said. “I was on the out-of-work list, and coming to these mixers and events that Mission Accomplished puts on, an opportunity came up and James [Mitchell] called me and said ‘I have a spot for you,’ and it was that simple.”





Making Connections in the Construction and Design Industry

[STARTS HERE] For High School Students

The Contruction

+ Design Institute and Costruction Initiative is designed to expose high school students to the variety of career paths within the construction and design industries.

Students will learn from industry professionals, gain a basic understanding of the industry and how to puruse a career in these professions.

Contact us to bring this program to your high school: 518-207-0209




Building Your Future in Construction

[CONTINUES HERE] For Young Professionals and Entrepeneurs ages 18-35

The Contruction

+ Design Institute and Construction Initiative are designed to help expand your

knowledge of the constuction and design industry though mentoriship and career coaching. This program focuses on connecting students to employment opportunities and connecting small construction companies with subcontracting opportunities.

Contact us to learn more: 518-207-0209

“The most impactful part of the Power Lunch Program is when we went there [Albany High School]. It was really inspiring seeing other women working + building� Muni Student, Construction + Design Institute (Formerly Power Lunch Program)

Pride in our craft, and in our community.

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WDI fills gaps not covered by other organizations and this is accomplished through partnerships and collaborations with businesses, unions, other nonprofits, educational institutions, and government. Our true focus is on growing and keeping good jobs in the Capital Region. Although the types of projects we facilitate and support vary, they must all have a positive and measurable impact to the workforce.

WDI is a statewide non-profit that works to grow and keep good jobs in NYS. We use a range of tools — including “boots on the ground” information, workforce expertise, and funding — to facilitate projects that build workforce skills and strengthen employers’ ability to hire, promote, and retain workers. For more information contact:

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10 Event Planning Tips BY SONIA RAMOS

I love planning events! Event Planning requires proactive coordination, time and creative energy. I’ve had the privilege of planning several events in New York City from a violence prevention conference with 150 people to a luncheon for 200 community members and corporate partners that raised $15,000 for college scholarships. The execution can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Not only do you want everything to come together as planned, you want your client and guests to be happy. Providing clear guidance and support to your internal team is imperative for a successful event. Now onto 10 key steps to designing and executing a memorable event.


Define the purpose of the event. This step will make certain you are aligned with the goal and vision of your client*. You will collaboratively establish goals and objectives.

*Your client can be internal or external. An internal client is when you work for an organization or business and you are tasked with producing an event; your client is the team member who has asked you to design and produce the event. An external client is when you have an event planning company and you are working with a company or individual to bring their idea to life.


Be creative and get familiar with trends. This is the brainstorming aspect of the process. Design the event with words, images, and numbers. Think like a guest. Step into the shoes of your audience? Be Brave.

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Think about the end product. Think through all the activities related to the experience of the guest and client then create a task list will ALL the items needed, down to small items like pens. Some categories to consider: • Do you need a stage, microphones, audio/visual equipment? • Accommodations for the speakers. • Do some of your guests need transportation? • Parking instructions


Create a budget with the costs of all activities, vendor fees, and supply needs. Once you determine your numbers, you can consider how much you will spend in each category. Decisions will be made based on your budget and shopping around. Some categories to consider are the cost of the: • Swag/Giveaways • Speakers • Printing • Venue • Catering • Entertainment • Decorations • Parking • Marketing


Research a list of venues based on the vision of your client. Not only do you want the list, be sure to visit each location to evaluate and “feel” the ambiance of the space. search, visit and evaluate. Get a contract and get to know who you are working with for this event.


details and tasks related to the event, who is in charge and the time each task needs to be completed. Think about the guest and client experience when creating this document. Having this document will guide and support your team while creating a memorable experience for your client and guests.


Create a promotion campaign. Work with marketing professionals to create content, design graphics that will be posted on social media and mailed and develop a social media posting campaign.


Make it happen! So here we go...the stress and excitement begin. You want everything to go as smoothly as possible. This is where you think of what happens backwards. Production includes registration, VIP lists, catering, entertainment, speakers and health & safety considerations. This is where you create and build the schedule and operation plan. You have a planning team and a team for the day of the event. Make sure that everyone is updated on last-minute changes. Visit the venue and go through the entire program with your team. Take care of your team and be supportive. Be confident, Be fearless, Be



Plan a wrap-up crew and timeline for the end of the event. You also want to think about whether the event was successful, areas of improvement for next time and if you have accomplished the purpose of the event. Most importantly, be mindful and consider the client's satisfaction during the planning process and the outcome of the event. There is always an opportunity to learn, grow and be better the next time. Have fun and enjoy the process.

Schedule appointments with caterers to taste test food and beverages. This process will help you select the best caterer for your event. Edit your list of caterers down to the top two based on menu selection, price and customer reviews.


Create a detailed outline for the internal team. Once you have determined the itinerary of the event, you can create the run of show. The run of show will list all 25

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP INSTITUTE Building Your Community Through Creative Business Solutions

[STARTS HERE] For High School Students

The Social Entrepeneurship Institue is school designed For Rising Social Entrepreneurs in high to expose high school students to the entrepreneurial lifestyle and career path while marrying business with social justice.

Learn + apply business concepts Enhance your business networking + leadership skills Market + sell a product Explore a career path as an entrepreneur Business + social justice Contact us to bring this program to your high school: 518-207-0209


How to Save Money as a Young Adult BY ALLIE MASSEY Community Relations Intern CAP COM Federal Credit Union

Saving money sounds easy, but if you don’t establish good financial habits, you might end up not saving at all. There are a ton of opportunities out there that can help you save – you just have to know where to look! Here are some of my favorites. Research your financial institution. The first step to saving money, for anyone, is to get to know the benefits your financial institution offers. As a young adult, make sure to choose a financial institution that has no monthly fees, no minimum balance requirements, free ATMs, and online access. These features will help you keep track of and preserve your savings; you’ll be less likely to be slammed by unexpected fees; funds will be more easily accessible to you; and you’ll always know where your money is going. Learn self-control and set goals with a plan or budget. To save money as a young adult, first create a personal spending plan or budget and live within it. In order to stick to your budget, keep an eye on your finances, so you don’t waste money on things you aren’t actually using. Look for opportunities and products that help you save. Consider buying lesser-known labels or shopping secondhand, as opposed to being loyal to expensive brands. This strategy can save quite a bit of money in the long run.


Maximize the support of your employer. Also, your employer might offer benefits that can help you reduce higher education costs and save money towards retirement. For example, you could have access to a company retirement plan, such as a 401K, with matching contributions. That’s free money! Pay yourself first. Rather than working to pay your bills, you’re working to pay yourself! Be intentional about how much, and how often, you are saving. You can schedule automatic deposits into certain accounts, so you can manage your expenses and save the rest. Remember to pay yourself first, even if that means adjusting your lifestyle to match a lower budget

5 Reasons Why I Love Volunteering for Mission Accomplished BY JONATHAN RICHARDSON, MSW, MPA Chair of the Mission Accomplished Transition Services Board of Directors


Volunteering for Mission Accomplished Transition Services (Mission Accomplished) is one of the most rewarding things I get to do. It is truly exciting to be a part of an organization that is changing the professional development game for young professionals in the Capital Region. As a member of our board of directors, I help set strategy for the organization, provide support in every way I can, and serve as an ambassador to the community. It is motivating to learn about the great work of the programs and discover ways I can contribute towards the mission. Reflecting on my experience with Mission Accomplished, I wanted to share 5 of my favorite reasons why I love volunteering with them.

I love to see the impact of the organization.

My biggest motivation for being a volunteer is the impact it has on our community. I love hearing the stories of all the aspiring young professionals impacted by the work of the Mission Accomplished team. The stories of the high school students in the Power Lunch Program, the high school entrepreneurs at Green Tech Charter High School, and the rising fashion professionals in the Fashion Edition Institute all inspire me to give as much time as I can to the inspiring mission. The students’ success drives my fuel to continue being involved.

It’s a great community.

Everyone wants to be part of a community, and the Mission Accomplished community is one of the best. The staff, volunteers, students, mentors, and supporters are all passionate people looking to make our community a better place. Getting the chance to meet new people at every Mission Accomplished event is rewarding, and I am fortunate to call many of those people friends thanks to my volunteering.



It’s a lot of fun.

We have fun! I’ve been involved with many organizations, but I have not had as much fun volunteering at those ones as I do now. It’s a blast and anyone can verify that volunteering for Mission Accomplished is a fun time. 29

I also get to develop professionally.

Another reason I joined the board was to develop professionally. I get to develop my skills related to many areas including board governance, financial management, personal fundraising, and volunteer management. Every moment has not been easy, but it has been challenging, exciting, and valuable. I believe I have grown as a nonprofit professional, board director, and community leader thanks to volunteering with Mission Accomplished.


I am part of a movement that is changing our community.


Lastly, I get to be a part of something bigger. Mission Accomplished is not just helping 1 student at a time - it is changing the way we think about professional development. The organization is innovative and comprehensive with its approach on how to help young professionals succeed in their careers. It cares about addressing equity issues by empowering students of diverse experiences and building inclusive communities. I see the vision of Mission Accomplished spreading not just throughout the Capital Region, but throughout the country. Every time I get to talk about being involved with Mission Accomplished, I am overwhelmed with passion thinking about the movement changing our community.

As you can see, volunteering for Mission Accomplished means a lot to me. I’m not just giving my time and energy, I am apart of a community that is fun, helping me develop professionally, and changing the game for our community. If you have any interest in volunteering, I recommend you get involved.

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2ND ANNUAL FRIENDSGIVING TOP CHEF COMPETITION Pictured: Chef Donnavan Kennedy, Cindy Chan, Chef Josh Garbri, Chef Irma Fraser, Chef Vanessa Coles, Chef Keith McGee

On November 22, 2019 we hosted our second annual Friendsgiving Dinner. This is our way to say “thank you” to those who help us sustain our programs. Friendsgivng Dinner includes our Top Community Chef Competition. This competition is a way to highlight, promote and recognize those who are driven by their love to bring community together through delicious meals in community spaces. CHEF VANESSA: 2019 Top Community Chef Winner Chef Vanessa is a Youth Development professional who loves cooking for fun. Her cooking style can be labeled as a versatile daredevil. Creating new recipes while listening to music is exciting. Chef Vanessa first learned how to cook at the young age of six. Her late brother Anthony had big dreams of being a culinary chef. Prior to his passing, he taught Vanessa all basic tricks of seasoning food to slow cooking for best results. During her teenage years friends and family frequently requested her to cook for all the social events. In addition, her passion for youth is undeniable. Day to day she is removing barriers at the SEAT Center, a community based organization located in Schenectady that provides transformative educational and workforce experiences that create a sense of purpose and hope while connecting business to real-time solutions. CHEF MCGEE: 2019 Community Choice Award Winner Chef McGee was also a chef in the military. He describes his cooking style as international and said he was inspired by his wife’s cooking – whose African dishes were a hit at the family cookouts – to launch a new business. In addition to his culinary skills, McGee is the state education director for the Elks and helps provide scholarships to students and donates money to local charities. CHEF IRMA Chef Irma initially started cooking dinners at home and selling them. Originally from Brooklyn, Chef Irma is accustomed to having many different options for flavorful food and wants to bring that to the Capitol Region.


10 Things Every Adult Should Know BY ANNE MARIE VAETH

GET A LOAN - Determine the reason for the

loan (education, personal, car, business, etc). For education, check with the financial aid office at your college. If buying a car from a dealer (even a used car dealer) check with your bank before securing a loan with the car dealership, your bank may have a lower rate. Credit unions are a good option to look into, most have great rates. Look into different institutions and see where you can receive the best rate.


- Checkbooks are not as used as they once were, especially among young adults. There are apps like PayPal, Venmo, and even Facebook to exchange money between friends. However, checks are useful to stick in birthday cards when you don’t have cash, and to make payment to your landlord, or on your car loan. Checks help you document important expenses and avoid extra fees for the use of credit cards with some merchants. Get a small set of checks (from your bank, or and learn how to use them.


- At least a couple of meals other than ramen and cereal. Learn a simple homebaked mac and cheese, a chicken dish, or a nice crockpot meal. Ask your friends, ask your family, or ask a cookbook.

BUDGET BASICS - Try budgeting your

expenses. If you’re trying to save money, look at where your “problem” areas might be, such as spending way too much money on Grubhub when you have an entire kitchen full of food. Apps like Mint and Money Manager can help you keep track and stick to your plan.

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payments, the number of credit accounts you have, how much you owe, all affect your score. Learn where you may be struggling and how you can improve.


how to do your laundry, how to use an iron, and how to do some basic repairs on your favorite clothes. Have a simple sewing kit - basic stitches can be used to reattach buttons, repair small tears and patch ripped jeans.

BASIC HOME REPAIRS - Know how to stop a door from squeaking (a few sprays of WD40 work wonders), how to replace a lightbulb, and how to turn off the water in case of an emergency (there’s usually a knob next to the toilet). Have a simple tool kit: a screwdriver, hammer, and some duct tape can solve many problems.

READ A MAP (navigate without a phone)

Learn how to get around your city pretty well. Learn to read a map in case you lose service, your battery dies and you’ve left your charger at home, or there’s a road closure and Google Maps can’t figure out how to get around.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HYDRATION Coffee doesn’t count as hydration. Drinking water can do so many good things for your body and mind. Try to drink at least a small glass when you wake up and before bed. And in between.

TO SAY “NO” - Having the ability to say “no” is an important skill. Whether you’re too busy, not interested, or don’t have a reason - be able to say “no.” Use phrases such as “thank you for thinking of me, but my plate is full right now.” or “I’m really focusing on myself,” can help. Stay firm, and be honest. Access basic sewing classes with one of our volunteers, Fatima Bey, at SUNY Schenectady. Contact her at and let her know you were referred by Mission Accomplished Transition Services.

2020 Carolynisms (Words to Live By)

BY CAROLYN MCLAUGHLIN Albany County Legislator, 1st District

Always focus outside of yourself to manifest those things which are deepest within you! Pray daily. When you pray, don’t worry; it only delays the response.

Be ready; so you don’t have to get ready. Always be prepared to take that next step. Seize the day is real! Be ready for that job opportunity, the next journey on the road to your destiny. Have faith in the midst of your fear. Don’t be crippled by fear, see beyond it. If you identify with the Queen in you, you will be able to acknowledge the Queen in others. Your sisters are your strength; reach out, grab on to them, don’t compete with them.

Try to believe in something outside of yourself. When you are weak, you’ll always have something to lift you up. When you get a new day it is always another chance to get it right! “It” is whatever you didn’t finish yesterday. Quietness and confidence can be your strength! Self care begins with observing and listening to the things around you in your quiet time.

Never run to place second. It happens sometimes but at least you can say you gave it your all and have no regrets. Never believe what other people say you can’t do. Your opinion of you is the one that matters most.


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MIllennials by the numbers


of the global workforce by 2025.


worry about the state of the world and feel personally responsible to make a difference.


believe making a positive difference in the world is more important than professional recognition.


81% of millennials have donated money, goods or services, more than other generations. In addition, they are smarter about giving and research organizations they give to, and where their money goes. Rather than donate large amounts to only a few organizations, they tend to give smaller donations to a number of organizations. Millennials also donate their time, with more than half of participating in volunteer opportunities.



After witnessing workforce instability and high unemployment rates, downsizing, and negative market conditions, millennials have decided to take matters into their own hands by means of entrepreneurship. In 2013, 35% of millennials started a side business as a way to supplement their income, and 55% want to start a business or already have. However, for millennials, entrepreneurship isn’t necessarily fulfilling the role of business owner, and 90% of millennials say that being an entrepreneur is a frame of mind. Young men, African Americans, and Latinos are most inclined toward starting their own businesses while young women are more likely to be interested in starting nonprofit organizations. In 2011, 29% of all entrepreneurs were between 20 and 34 years old, and they launched 160,000 startups each month. Overall, over a quarters of all millennials are self employed. Business ownership has become a common path for young adults.


Millennials are the most diverse generation in US history, with just over 50% of the generation being Caucasian. Roughly 20% of those born between 1980 and 1997 are Hispanic, and 14% are Black or African-American. In addition, 11% of millennials were born to at least one immigrant parent. This has lead to a more open, tolerant, and accepting generation compared to previous generations. More millennials agree with preferential treatment to improve the social and economic positions of minority groups, in comparison to older generations.



S.M.A.R.T. Goals Goal setting is a helpful way to create a clear road-map to your dreams and vision, build your career, and see your vision come to life. Goals are the smaller tasks on the way to your vision - think of them like the rungs of a ladder or rest stops along the highway. Each goal you check off gets you a little bit closer to your dream. Goals that are S.M.A.R.T. help you stay organized and on-track to seeing your dream become reality. S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable/Actionable, Relevant, and Time-bound. When creating a plan for your career, your education, or your passion utilize S.M.A.R.T. goals to help you visualize where you need to go while measuring your success and identifying areas you need to pivot.

Example S.M.A.R.T. Goal:

To contact and schedule informational interviews with three local influential professionals in my industry by February 29, 2020. Specific: To contact and schedule informational interviews Measurable: With three local influential professionals Relevant: In my industry Time-bound: By February 29, 2020

On the next page, write out three S.M.A.R.T. Goals that you have. LIFESTYLE | 38


MEasurable Achievable

State what you’ll do

Provide a way to evaluate

Within your scope

Use action words

Use metrics or data targets

Possible to accomplish, attainable



Makes sense within your job function

State when you’ll get it done

Improves the business

Be specific on date or timeframe





EDUCATION C.A.R.E PACKAGES WHAT IS IT? The College and Room Essentials (C.A.R.E.) Initiative was designed to help students who struggle to pay for college necessities. From tuition and fees to books, transportation and housing, higher education has a high price tag. The C.A.R.E. initiative helps lower that price tag by providing students with a C.A.R.E. package, complete with a variety of school supplies, bedding and toiletries. The C.A.R.E. Initiative is made possible by sponsors, including Cap Com Federal Credit Union, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) and SUNY Community Services Club, as well as private donations.

HOW TO APPLY? Accepted students will need to participate in a two-day, six-hour Higher Education Prep series that focuses on time and financial management, goal setting and the power of networking. Students must complete the full application, which includes an essay. Students will be accepted based on the quality of their essays. Anyone who has an economic need is encouraged to apply! The online applications go live in January of each year.

WHAT IS INCLUDED? WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Students who have been accepted into college, gap year or a vocational program for the fall term. Students must have some level of economic need.

Bedding Essentials: pillow, comforter and sheets, bedside organizer, storage bin, mattress pad, topper, bed risers, and more. Toiletries: disposable razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner Bath Essentials: shower caddy, towel and wash cloths School Supplies: planner, notebooks, pens, mechanical pencils, binders, highlighters and pocket folders Miscellaneous: cutlery set, blanket, and laundry bag

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“This care package will aid me tremendously as it will allow me to save money that I can allocate to help pay off tuition costs.” - Aidan, Education C.A.R.E Package Recipient

“The Higher Education Series definitely impacted me, specifically with the networking series. I learned how important it is to make/build a brand for yourself. Networking is not being cocky, but its about bragging about yourself so that you can build your future. So thank you so much for this opportunity.” - Kieannan, Higher Education Series 41



Gap years are the transitional periods between high school and college. Young adults make the decision to defer college enrollment for one to two years. Although in the United States of America gap years are not promoted, they should be. This life option allows young adults the option of taking a break from the academic environment while exploring the world, their community or country, learn in nontraditional educational settings, develop professional skills through work, or give back to their local community or beyond. A gap year design varies; some participate in a structured program with an established company or create one that fits their lifestyle. If you’re curious to learn more about the gap year option visit or if you’d like to explore this option, view the annual gap year fair schedule at If you’re curious about how to design a customized gap year, complete the following exercise: 1. Establish three goals you’d like to achieve (use the S.M.A.R.T. goal method, see the next page.) 2. Identify three activities that will give you a sense of purpose (volunteering, internship, apprenticeship, a job, etc.) 3. List three to five skill sets you’d like to develop. These can be personal or professional. 4. Once you’ve established the above, schedule a 60-minute appointment with two passionate and driven people in your life. These individuals

usually have an optimistic perspective and can help you envision your future gap year. 5. Research your options. 6. Create your schedule. 7. Make your gap year happen. Gap Year Facts: • 90 percent of students who took a gap year returned to college within a year. (Source: http://online.

• In 2016 Gap Year Association Members and Provisional Members gave away a combined total of more than $4,200,000 in scholarships and needsbased grants. (Source: 2016 Gap Year Association Survey) • Gap year interest and enrollment trends continue to grow. We don’t know exactly how many US students take a gap year each year, but amongst our sources we are able to say that interest and enrollment is growing substantively. (Source: https://www.


The Benefits of Paid Internships BY ANNE VAETH

Formal internship programs at both Fortune 500 and local businesses, have boomed with the millennial generation. Internships have become a staple of higher education, and mandatory in many degree programs. An internship, as defined by the Department of Labor is “formal program providing a practical learning experience for beginners in an occupation or profession that lasts a limited amount of time.” Legally, internships can be paid or unpaid. While there are benefits to the experience of unpaid internships or similar programs, the benefits for both the students and the company increase when interns are compensated. While unpaid internships and apprenticeships provide valuable learning experience, as well as college credits, paid positions provide more for the students and their employers.

Companies that advertise paid internships have a more diverse application pool. The fact is, many students cannot afford to work for free. Summers, breaks, and time after classes is often used to make extra money to pay bills, tuition, books, and food. As of 2013, four out of five US students (including high school and higher education) worked while in school1. In fact, African Americans and Hispanic students are much more likely to be holding college debt after graduation than While and Asian students2.


For the students, participating in a paid internship often involves having a more beneficial experience and workload. Paid interns are less likely to act as a secretary, make copies, and run errands. Paid internship programs have a higher tendency to provide interns a stronger workload that can add to a portfolio or project list. Students who held a paid internship are also more likely to receive a job offer prior to graduation. In fact, 65.4 % of the class of 2014 who completed a paid internship at a for-profit company received a job offer, compared to 39.5 % of unpaid interns, and 38.6 % of students who did not intern at all3. For the benefit of the employer, students that are paid are likely to put in a greater amount of effort, and become more invested in the company and the position. Having an intern interested and passionate about their role at a company can be a huge benefit. 1: Fottrell, Quentin. “80% of students work at least part-Time.” MarketWatch, 8 Aug. 2013, 2: Lucas, Suzanne. “A Strong Case for Why You Should Pay Your Interns.”, Inc., 22 Apr. 2014, 3: Soergel, Andrew. “Paid Interns More Likely to Get Hired.” USNews, 5 May 2015,

Top Tips for Your First Day on the Job

BY ALISA WILSON, Author, Lessons From A Quirky Career Path

It’s your first day at a new job! What you’re feeling is something I like to call “first-day fizz” — a mix of relief, excitement, and hope, with a hint of nervous tension. Will you live up to your interview persona, aka your ideal self, on your first day and beyond? Yes you will, by keeping in mind the following essential tips. As a “Jill-of-all-trades,” I’ve experienced “the fizz” over a dozen times and it’s one of my favorite career-sensations, along with “the flow” and “career/calling synergy”. As a writer who seeks to reveal the best strategies for fulfillment at work, I value the chance to share these tips with you.

Don’t Forget to Bring Your Authentic Self On your first day, wake up early, exercise, dress professionally, and eat a healthy breakfast. Then, set your intentions — the first of which should be to bring your authentic self to each effort and interaction. Your new job is a blank canvas. Why would you spend a single day in your job imitating someone else?

Begin with the End in Mind

Stop worrying about making a good first impression. Focus instead on how you want to be remembered. What would you like your co-workers to miss about you, after your last day? Imagine what our lives at work would be like if we all kept that in mind.

Determine Your Role

I don’t mean the job title on your business card. I mean the role you’ll play — the role of a competitor, accommodator, or collaborator — within your company. Determine which role resonates most, on day one, with your authentic self. Write it down and post it somewhere you can see it.

In my view, everyone feels like they’ve found “the right job” on their first day. Those who don’t follow these tips, however, soon lose their enthusiasm. On your first day, harness the fizz and be yourself, think ahead, and choose your role. Follow these top tips for your first (and future) days at work, and fulfillment will follow you.


How to Stay Focused in a Distracting World BY ALISA WILSON, Author Lessons From A Quirky Career Path

You’ve heard about the flow state — that hyper-focused state of being when your mind and body work effortlessly together to bring about your vision. You may have even experienced “being in the flow” once or twice. Flow state, you thought, happened only under ideal settings and didn’t happen often. What if I told you there was a formula for achieving sustained focus, or the flow state, at work? The formula, which I put together over my varied career, is a simple one — though by “simple” I don’t mean “quick and easy”.

Sustained focus = awareness + consistent practice Let’s break that down.

Why Awareness is the First Step to Better Focus Be your own observer for a day and make a list of your distractions as they occur, one by one. Some distractions you will anticipate and some may surprise you. A noisy co-worker may sit nearby, but how often do you check your phone? Often, distractions stem from discomfort or boredom. Notice what you feel just before you become distracted. What’s really going on? What do you hope to avoid? Why? How You Can Manage Distraction with Consistent Practice

Practice doesn’t make perfect. Practice makes improvement. You’re not going to have a day at work that’s free of distractions. But,


you can learn to lead the dance. Answer this question: In my capacity as (job title), what is most important? Then, answer these questions: What will I accomplish at work today to support what is most important? What will I accomplish in the next hour? What will I accomplish now? Clarity of purpose leads to ease of focus, and repetition leads to habit. When you find yourself distracted, bring your attention back to the present moment, and renew your focus on what is most important. The more often you redirect your attention, the better you’ll become at the effort. Quick fixes for distractions soon fade and leave us where we began. We live in a distracting world, and our distractibility is due to more internal than external reasons. That’s why what works is awareness, clarity of purpose, and diligent practice. Now, get back to work!

Brand Identity is


Just for Businesses BY CARMEN DUNCAN The most memorable companies have a brand that is easy to understand and follow. You want to do the same for yourself. For example, when people hear “Just Do It” or see a swoosh they think of Nike. Your brand identity is one of your greatest assets when positioning yourself to be hired by companies or clients. Although it’s important to present an appealing resume when seeking employment or an attractive presentation and handouts when pitching to potential clients, you will stand out more if you present a brand they will remember. Your brand reinforces who you are, what you bring to the table, the outcomes you can produce and what you stand for. When thinking of your brand identity give attention to the following: 1. Identify Your Clients. The people and companies you want to appeal to. Create a list of clients you’d like to work with and influence. 2. Exercise Your Self-awareness:

► What are you passionate about? ► How are you different from your competitors? 3. Speak Up + Solve Problems. Identify the type of problems you enjoy solving then solve them for friends, colleagues and companies. You become known as the person who has the answer and solution for specific problems. 4. Educate Yourself. Identify conferences, workshops and other continuing education options that will help you learn while connecting with other subject matter experts. Not only will you learn in these spaces, you make friends who will vouch for your level of expertise and want to collaborate with you and you’ll recognize how your skills and approach differ from others. 5. Create a List of Advocates. Create a list of people who have experienced the impact of your work and will gladly serve as an advocate/reference. Be sure to stay in touch with these individuals throughout the year. Include them in your projects or simply share updates about the impact of your work through conversations or emails.

► Which meaningful characteristics do you embody? (i.e. humor, analytical, etc.) ► Which technical and soft skills do you have? 47


The Coaching Pathway is the formula of all Mission Accomplished coaching programs. Transition coaching and group coaching all follow the coaching pathway. The basic steps of the pathway show how students will succeed with our guidance. Each program begins with trust and ends with a transformation. Mission Accomplished Coaches empower students to transform into who they want to become and accomplish what they aim to achieve.


HOW DOES IT WORK? The Coaching Pathway begins with the formation of a positive relationship between the student and coach. The students’ vision is defined and goals are laid out. Through exploring opportunities, creating a strategic plan and putting that plan to action, students accomplish their goals and achieve their personal success.


Create a trusting relationship with your coach, define your personal life purpose and establish academic and career goals in order to foster the relationship

Explore Explore careers, college, vocational training and leadership development opportunities

Strategize Create a game plan to gain access to the people places and opportunities that will help you accomplish your goals



Put your goals into action, stay motivated and stand out from the competition

Transition from the coaching process, fully launch your career and education path then begin to teach others


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Meaningful Tech Careers Start with Workforce development programs, too BY MARK WILTSHIRE

Manager of Strategic Community Partnerships, Per Scholas Institute of Technology

Per Scholas is an organization that creates career pathways in technology for folks looking to break into this nation’s rapidly growing tech sector. Not only are students armed with the hands-on training and the industry credentials needed to land an entry-level


tech role, they job developers help them attain these roles. Our expansive network of employer partners have been hiring graduates since the early 2000s. As it stands right now, Per Scholas’ New York City program trains close to 600 students per year, graduates 85% of the students trained, and places 80% of its graduates into employment upon completion. I found out about Per Scholas as a recently separated Airman from the Air Force. I didn’t want to work a dead-end job or go retail once I landed back in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York. I wanted something stable, secure, and forward-looking as a career. At this point, I’ve already gone to a 4-year college and taken out student loans, I’ve served my country, and I was tired of being overworked and underpaid. I joined Per Scholas in 2014 as a student in the Software Testing Course. I now work with Per Scholas to connect more individuals to these opportunities. I’ve realized that these are the skills of the future, and few colleges can properly prepare individuals for the opportunities that are available out there. I have learned another way to prepare people for the workforce is through vocational, supportive environments that can holistically bridge individuals into careers. Per Scholas has created this environment and is scaling this model in a huge way.

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