Realizing Her Goals
Community Leadership Graduate: Vicki Hebert
By Current CoLead student: Amy Barry
Vicki Hebert, a 2006 graduate of the Thompson School of Applied Science’s Community Leadership program, has an extremely impressive resume. Vicki first obtained her associate degree in the Community Leadership program at the University of New Hampshire and then went on to Granite State College, where she earned a bachelor of science in Nonprofit Management.
While at UNH, Vicki excelled in her studies, especially in courses relating to community leadership—which she was very enthusiastic about. Her passion was soon recognized when she received a variety of awards. She became the proud recipient of the Undergraduate Research Conference Scholarship Award in 2005 and the Thompson School of Applied Science Leadership and Scholarship Award in 2006. She credits the Thompson School as a primary reason for her success, explaining, “The Thompson School helped me realize that I can turn a passion for community service into a career...the Thompson School didn’t just help me achieve my goals, it helped me set goals and realize what was possible.”
After graduation she traveled to Washington, DC, as a youth advocacy intern for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, and soon after began working for the city of Dover as Coalition Coordinator for the Dover Coalition for Youth, as well as keeping her previous job as a Youth to Youth advisor. As a coalition coordinator and youth advisor, she uses many of the skills she learned in the Community Leadership program daily, such as community member volunteer management, facilitation, program development, budgeting, grant writing, database maintenance, member recruitment and partnership outreach. Currently Vicki manages a federal grant that helps communities stay drug free for the Dover Police Department. She was recently honored for her work when she won the DPD's Police Employee of the Year Award.
The Community Leadership program helped Vicki to harness her goals and turn them into a reality. Ever since high school she enjoyed community advocacy and volunteering but never thought she could make a career of it until she attended the program. During her enrollment she became involved with the university and founded a student organization called Colleges Against Cancer.
When thinking about UNH and Thompson School, Vicki states that “The Thompson School has a sense of community and the feel of a small school while still offering the benefits and resources of a larger university. The professors are committed to knowing their students and being accessible while providing a hands-on learning experience.” After all her success in the Community Leadership program, it's no surprise that she has gone on to accomplish her goals. In the future Vicki hopes to become a certified Prevention Specialist, while continuing to live in New Hampshire’s Seacoast Area.
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