YP4’19 Alexis Pollitto (She/Her/Hers)

IG: @lexpolli320

YP4’19 Alexis is a proud member of the 2019 fellowship year! She is currently a consultant at IBM. She is passionate about corporate social responsibility, mending the skills gap, workforce development, and looking for ways to use her professional skills to support others. In her free time, Alexis coaches ice skating and enjoys reading, journaling, and virtually hanging out with friends and family.

What social justice work are you currently doing in your community?

My latest passion has been integrating my professional skill set in my volunteer work. In my work as a consultant, I train and coach clients to feel more confident in their software implementation.

Outside of my day job, I have recently joined a team to create training videos for an organization I have been a long-time volunteer for, Camp Fatima of New Jersey, which provides programming to adults and kids with disabilities.

I’ve also been coaching students, especially from the CUNY schools, to provide career advice and talk them through their professional goals. 

What is the main goal you want to accomplish in your social justice work?

The main goal of my social justice work is to leave the communities I enter a little bit better than I found them. If I could use a quote to describe my life’s purpose it would be, “We rise by lifting others” by Robert Ingersoll.

I truly hope to pursue a career/life of social justice that seeks to uplift and benefit others in my community. 

Can you give an example of how your YP4 Fellowship helped you accomplish something meaningful for your community?

YP4 was the inspiration for the career resources booklet I developed for the Monmouth County Workforce Development Board. The support and funding I received were immensely helpful in getting this booklet published and distributed.