2008 Graduate Works "For the City" in Austin
Steph Stallo and her organization bring vibrancy to civil society
NEW YORK, January 5, 2011—An education at The King’s College prepares students for careers in which they will help to shape and eventually to lead strategic institutions. Last year, we wrote about students and alumni working everywhere from DC think tanks to New York private equity funds. In fact, our students are prepared to work in the strategic institutions of government, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church.
Another strategic institution that receives less press—but is vitally important to a vibrant community—is that of civil society. Civil society refers to voluntary, private organizations that do much to shape the quality of life for individuals in our society. This includes foundations, charities, lobbies, and more. Many of these are local in scope, addressing specific issues in various communities.
Steph Stallo (’08) graduated from The King’s College with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. After a brief stint working in education reform in Harlem and teaching in Central America, she moved to Austin, TX, where she now works as the Community Development Manager at For the City Network (FTCN).
FTCN, she said, “seeks to maximize the overall effect in the city by being a funnel for volunteer engagement and a platform for organizational collaboration.” The non-profit focuses on family/community life, education, health care, housing and job training in Austin.
Steph’s role at FTCN is to conduct “field research in order to analyze the situations of our focus communities…I then create development plans for the community that includes grassroots efforts and partnerships with service providers.”
She also helps to facilitate collaboration between organizations and to support them with volunteers and consulting.
“Specifically,” she said, “I've gotten to interface with principals and school district officials to create a turnaround plan that was implemented to improve a failing high school. I've met with investors to discuss business plans to create innovation and jobs in order to stimulate the economy in Austin's poorest neighborhood. I've developed the philosophy to direct the efforts of the local church to effect justice and righteousness in this same neighborhood that is known for its crime and poverty.”
The effects of work such as Steph’s on a community can be great. A King’s education exposes students to the ideas on which nations can rise or fall—yet at the end of the day, it is the lives of these individuals being touched that matter. At the center of a King's education is the earnest pursuit of biblical truth and the desire to understand what God has ordained as best for all of His creation. We believe in, teach, and seek to model the transformational power of the Gospel in everything we do.
Learn more about Steph’s work by visiting her blog or For the City's website.
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