Four Ways for Princeton Alumni to Get Involved
Are you a Princeton alumnus who would like to get involved in PiLA? The following are four ways for Princeton alumni to contribute to PiLA:
1. Join the Board of Directors
Alumni wanting to make a hands-on impact are invited to join the Board of Directors. This requires a real commitment to Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) and the desire to be actively involved with many aspects of the organization. All board members are asked to serve on one or more of the Board’s committees. (Please see “Board of Directors’ Committees” – next page - for more information.) Directors’ terms last two years; there is no limitation on consecutive terms. Those wishing join the Board of Directors must be “recommended” by at least one current Board Member and approved by a majority of current members.
2. Play an Active Role in Fundraising
Helping raise funds for the operation of PiLA and the support of its Fellows can take many forms. From speaking with and recruiting potential donors to hosting or planning a regional benefit event to simply writing a check, there are many great ways for alumni to get involved.
3. Recruit Partner Organizations/Fellowship Placements
One area in which the reach of the Alumni network could be of great benefit to Princeton in Latin America is in recruiting new partner organizations, particularly ones with the resources to support all or part of a PiLA Fellowship. This level of involvement does not involve a big time commitment, but can be a huge contribution to PiLA.
4. Become a Mentor
The Mentoring System – in which alumni are matched up one-on-one with current Fellows – has been hugely successful on the domestic level though Princeton Project 55 and the Class of 1969 Community Service Fund. Internationally, Princeton in Africa has just started to recruit mentors this year. The basic idea is to match a PiLA Fellow with an alumna or alumnus who either lives, or has extensive experience, in the country/region in which the fellow will be spending the year. Experienced mentors with Project 55 and other established programs report mentoring to be one of the very best ways to be involved with younger Princetonians.