Jared Stancombe believes it is our civic duty to give back to our country and community. Motivated by his passion for public service, Jared pursued an opportunity to earn an officer commission with the United States Marine Corps, but unfortunately was set back by a prolonged illness. Undeterred, Jared pursued another opportunity – a position in the City Year Corps, a program supported by the national AmeriCorps program, which unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service to keep students in school and on track to graduation. Over the course of 2,000 hours of service, Jared provided pre-algebra math tutoring, afterschool instruction, role modeling, and mentoring services to 140 at-risk youth at Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC. After his City Year service, Jared was competitively chosen for the prestigious Global Health Corps, which place fellows in yearlong paid positions with organizations in the U.S. and Africa doing excellent work in improving healthcare access and health outcomes for the poor. Placement organizations range from small grassroots organizations to large global institutions. Intrigued by Jared’s passion for helping others, we asked him more about his experience with the Global Health Corps program.
1. Why did you apply to the Global Health Corps?
I applied because after working in inner city Washington, DC neighborhood as a corps member with City Year, I was exposed to how inequality perpetuates poverty, crime, and disease. I worked in an area of the United States that has higher HIV/AIDS prevalence rates than most sub-Saharan African countries, and observed first hand the devastating effects it can have upon children. I learned of the Global Health Corps through City Year, and found it to be a once in a lifetime experience that can provide the necessary professional experience and development to pursue a career in global health. I particularly like how it promotes global health equity, and creates a close community of exceptional leaders and practitioners to solve complex global health problems. I applied to my particular position with a small NGO called Action Africa Help International because it combines my experience working in security, education, and nonprofit management.
2. What is the Global Health Corps experience like?
The experience is life changing. I met the other fellows during our training at a highly prestigious school on the east coast, and my first impression was that I was completely outclassed. But over the course of two weeks, I became very close to many of the other fellows, and we developed a true sense of community before heading off to our placements. Even here in Zambia, we stick together and constantly bounce ideas off each other. This is my first time in Africa and exposure to African culture, so it was difficult making the transition in the first three months of my fellowship. Six months in, I feel that I know my place, and where I can best serve within my organization.
I have learned an incredible amount about international development, refugee affairs, financial management, performance management, and financing, and I am using it every day. Having a completely different perspective within an organization can create truly innovative solutions if they can be implemented properly. Having ideas is easy, it is implementation that is the most difficult here, and my supervisor wants results. She is completely supportive, and has placed me on several important projects, such as developing an organizational business model.
Besides working, vacations are definitely fun. Zambia is most known for Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. We went there with other fellows from other programs, and I went whitewater rafting in the most intense rapids in the world, and went swimming in the “Devil’s Pool” along the edge of the falls.
This is a once in a lifetime experience, and as with any experience, there are highs and lows. Sometimes I feel like I’m not making a difference here, but when I go out into the field and learn how much good Action Africa Help International is doing, it strengthens my commitment to do my share of the task. Also, I am amazed at some of the work other fellows are doing throughout Africa, and I feel honored to be apart of such a community of passionate young leaders. I can see within a decade or two some fellows taking senior cabinet level positions in African countries such as Uganda, Zambia, and Rwanda.
3. What tips would you give others applying to the Global Health Corps program?
The Global Health Corps program is one of the most competitive fellowships in the world. I believe around 1% of all fellows who apply from the United States are offered fellowships. You don’t have to have a graduate degree in public health to apply. I don’t have a graduate degree, but I do have around five years of experience working in the public and nonprofit sectors. The current corps of fellows is incredibly diverse, and we have computer scientists, architects, medical researchers, teachers, consultants, and policy analysts among others. My advice is to figure out how you can best leverage your education, experience, and skillset towards furthering the mission of the Global Health Corps of advancing global health equity. When you apply for the fellowship, you apply for a specific position. Read the job descriptions very carefully, and during the interviews, which are several, be prepared to answer questions on how your experience best relates to the needs of the placement.
The most important thing is to advertise yourself, but be honest and humble. The amount of talent the Global Health Corps attracts is truly unique. The entire corps participates in recruitment, and the program is not for people who just want international experience, or a year between undergrad and medical school. The Global Health Corps wants people who are absolutely committed and driven to make a difference through immense adversity.
Applications for Global Health Corps are now open! Apply by February 3, 2013.
Jared Stancombe is a 2012-2013 Global Health Corps fellow for Action Africa Help International–Zambia. He is a former analyst with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, an alumnus of City Year Washington, DC, and a member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He is a 2009 graduate of Indiana University, where he graduated with honors in Political Science, focusing on the influence of informal economies upon civil conflicts in Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Jared is from Bedford, Indiana. After the Global Health Corps, he hopes to continue his career in public service through fellowships in social enterprise or enter a graduate program in business administration, policy analysis, or international relations.
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About the Justice Fellowship Program
Each year IJC awards Justice Fellowships to 25 recent law graduates and law clerks from around the country – individuals with tremendous talent, promise, and a demonstrated commitment to providing legal services for low income people and for immigrants. IJC trains Justice Fellows to become experts in immigration law and pairs them with leading non-profit legal services providers and community based organizations. Justice Fellows represent immigrants in an array of immigration matters including removal defense, complex affirmative asylum applications, and other forms of relief available to juveniles and victims of crime, domestic violence, or human trafficking. IJC Fellows serve for two years and are provided with a full salary and benefits.
Justice Fellowship Impact
4,019 Cases opened since November 30, 2017
92% WINS of cases closed have successful outcomes, avoiding deportation and separation of families
96% OF GRADUATING FELLOWS secured an immigration job
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How to Apply:
Immigrant Justice Corps recruits for the Justice Fellowship in the fall, one year in advance of the start of the fellowship. For more information on applying visit our application page here.
About the Community Fellowship
Each year IJC awards two-year Community Fellowships to 10 exceptional college graduates with the linguistic skills, passion, and cultural competency to work with diverse immigrant communities. IJC trains Fellows to be experts in immigration law and advocacy. Community Fellows conduct outreach, screen, and aid immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”), Green Card, citizenship applications, and more. Community Fellows become Board of Immigration Appeals Partially Accredited Representatives and are placed in community-based organizations in and around New York City and surrounding counties. IJC Fellows serve for two years and are provided a full salary and benefits.
Community Fellowship Impact
5,300+ BENEFIT APPLICATIONS filed for Green Cards, DACA, and Citizenship to date
95% WINS of cases closed so far
3,500+ FEE WAIVER applications filed
$1,106,600+ AMOUNT OF MONEY saved by IJC’s clients due to fee waiver applications
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How to Apply:
Immigrant Justice Corps recruits for the Community Fellowship in the spring to start in the fall. For more information on applying visit our application page here.
About our Host Organizations
Immigrant Justice Corps has partnered with over 40 host organizations throughout our organization’s history. Our partnering host organizations are located in New York City and State, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Texas. IJC Fellows are placed with partnering host organizations with the goal of substantially increasing the capacity for immigration representation. Host organizations include The Legal Aid Society, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, The Door, Brooklyn Defender Services, and non-traditional partners like the Brooklyn Library.
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We are always interested in speaking to non-profit and community-based organizations interested in hosting Justice and Community Fellows. Please email Victoria Neilson at VNeilson@justicecorps.orgfor more information.