Pathway Peer Mentors: Student Leaders


The Pathway Program trained 23 students to serve as Peer Mentors in Pathway SDV 100 classes this Fall semester at five NOVA campuses.   These student leaders assist new Pathway students in their transition to college life, by attending every class session, sharing information on campus resources and student life, speaking on their own experiences, and providing support and encouragement.    There are no other classes at the college that utilize student mentors within the classroom to assist the instructors.

The Pathway Program will be recruiting students in late September to serve as Peer Mentors for Spring SDV 100 classes.

This is a great opportunity to make a difference for new students, gain leadership experience, complete your required eight hours of Pathway community service,  and build your resume for transfer and scholarship applications.

Check out the mission & purpose here.

For questions, contact Pat Gordon at:

Pathway & Girl Scouts of America Partner Up

Young Leaders Program Kickoff 2014

Young Leaders Program Kickoff 2014

Saturday, September 6, 2014
9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
(followed by the Nats vs. Phillies game @ 4:05 pm)

The National Youth Transitions Center
2013 H Street NW, 20006
(On the GWU Campus, just off the Foggy Bottom/Federal Triangle Metro Stops)

Join us all day or participate in workshops of your choice:

  • “Learn to Lead” Young Leaders Program Training – The Young Leaders Program connects college students and young professionals with volunteer opportunities. This training session will give you the tools needed to lead a sampler troop for 6-8 weeks. During sampler troop meetings, girls experience the traditions of Girl Scouting while you help them build courage, confidence and character, and make the world a better place.
  • Behavior Support Techniques – Throughout this session, participants will learn strategies for addressing challenging behavior. Guidelines for responding to behavior will be presented. Participants will discuss how to identify influences on behavior, define behavior problems, and develop plans to teach skills. The session concludes with a discussion of appropriate behavior support tools.
  • Financial Literacy – Learn how to make financial literacy exciting for Girl Scouts and pick up hints for yourself! Financial literacy is a priority for Girl Scouts nationally and locally, and girls can earn several types of badges, using council kits and resources.

Girl Scout Badges 101 – Explore the Council’s “Journey” activities, and learn about the new

  • “Journey Planners.” These great activities tie new Girl Scout curriculum into the well-loved Girl Scout badges and traditions.
  • Respectful Accommodations (Engaging Children with Disabilities) - This session will equip professionals with strategies to facilitate inclusion for children with autism spectrum disorders. Participants will address common assumptions about autism, and learn how to provide environmental and interpersonal accommodations. The workshop also presents strategies that support positive behavior, communication and sensory needs.
  • Girl Scout Maker Space – Do you want to inspire girls to reach new heights in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)? This year, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is hosting a Maker Faire and wants all troops to become Makers. Learn about the Maker movement and what it involved.

To register, visit
*Join us to watch Nationals vs. Philles after the training.  Game starts at 4:05pm.  Watch our CEO, Lidia Soto-Harmon throw out the first ball.  Tickets will be provided to particpants who RSVP by Friday, August 29th.

Can’t attend this Saturday? Contact Ericka Riggs for more information.

Pathway goes 'Gleaning' with DCCK

Gleaning Trip – Thursday, October 9, 9:00am – 12:00pm (3 community service hrs earned)

What is gleaning? Volunteers go to local farms to pick fresh produce with  DCCK (DC Central Kitchen). DCCK uses the food that volunteers pick to prepare nutritious meals for 88 nearby homeless shelters, transitional homes, and nonprofit organizations, saving them money and nourishing their clients.

Cancellation Policy

They rely heavily on the hard work of their volunteers and many supporters in order to effectively serve the community.  If you schedule and DO NOT show up for your shift, they CANNOT serve the community to the best of their ability.

In the event that you cannot make your shift:

  • Please contact Ericka Riggs within 48 hours of trip (703-323-3289) or your volunteering privileges on Pathway sponsored trips will be revoked permanently!
    • Transportation will be provided; pick up locations and times will be provided at a later date, but estimate a early morning time (7am).
    • Please wear closed toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather (summer days can be very hot in the fields)
    • Long socks or pants are recommended for anyone who may experience skin irritation as a result of contact with plants
    • Gardening gloves are recommended, if you have them
    • Bring lots of water

Sign up for our trip on Thursday, October 9, 9:00am – 12:00pm (3 community service hours)

USPS Job Opportunities

The USPS Northern Virginia District currently has job opportunities for City Carrier Assistants (CCA) and Rural Carrier Associate (RCA). Both are non-career employees which could possible lead to a career position as a full-time carrier. CCAs will enjoy benefits including salary increases, annual leave and an opportunity to enroll in a health care benefit plan after 360 days of employment.The starting salary for this position is $15.30 and RCAs at $16.26 per hour.

Applicant must qualify on Examination 473 to be eligible for selection.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our team as a CCA or RCA, please apply online at:

*Applicants must apply for this position online and click on Careers link at bottom of the home page

If you need assistance with the on-line application process, contact the Northern Virginia Human Resources Hiring Line at:
703- 698-6345.

Manager, Human Resources
8409 Lee Hwy HR RM-202
Merrifield, VA 22081-9994


The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program announces the entire list of students selected for the GMS Class of 2014 in a press release. To download the complete listings of our GMS Class of 2014 Scholars by their Home State or by their School’s State.

The 2015 GMS Online Application will be available August 1, 2014. For the complete list of eligibility criteria, click here.

Please always refer to this site for official GMS information and timelines (including the application deadline).

Starbuck’s Invests in Workers…

A New Way to Earn a University Degree Without the Cost: Work at Starbucks


A New Way to Earn a University Degree Without the Cost: Work at Starbucks

Barista has long been one of those dead-end jobs that parents threaten their kids with should they slack off in their education.

“You better study for that math test,” the stereotypical concerned parent might say, “or you’re going to end up slinging coffee at Starbucks for the rest of your days!”

But now with a new announcement from the Seattle-based coffee giant, selling grande lattes might not be the the end of a barista’s educational journey. The company just announced it will reimburse employees who earn an online degree. In partnership with the well regarded Arizona State University, Starbucks is offering free tuition to the university’s 33 undergraduate and about 30 graduate online programs with no obligation to pay back anything. (Click here to tweet this news.)

Who benefits from Starbuck’s new educational program?

There are a few caveats, but the deal remains pretty sweet no matter how you look at it. To be eligible, employees need to have the grades to qualify to attend Arizona State and must work 20 hours a week or more at a company-owned Starbucks (not a franchise location).

The company particularly rewards employees who have taken some classes already and are now going back to complete their degree; students who enroll as juniors or seniors get a free ride, while workers who have less than two years of college under their belt when they enroll are eligible for a partial tuition reimbursement of around $6,500. Starbucks advisors will help employees apply for PELL grants and other forms of financial assistance as well.

What could that be worth to an ambitious barista? Arizona State tuition runs about $10,000 a year, so for a Starbucks employee who enrolls as a junior and gets a free ride through graduation, that’s worth about $20,000.

Starbucks claims it’s making the heavy investment as an effort to fight inequality and develop its workforce. “There’s no doubt, the inequality within the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind. The question for all of us is, should we accept that, or should we try and do something about it,” CEO Howard Schultz said in a release.

Starbucks’ workers may be the big winners of this new program, but the move is also a huge win for online education in general and Arizona State University in particular. “The company isn’t disclosing the financial terms of its agreement with Arizona State University. But the program could significantly boost the enrollment for Arizona State’s online program,” commented The Huffington Post, for instance.

What other employers will pay you to go to school?

Starbucks is far from the only big employer to offer to reimburse educational expenses, but it is one of the very few that doesn’t require employees to stick around after they complete their degrees. As InThe Capital’s Molly Greenberg notes, “this is an intriguing move made by Starbucks, as most large organizations that offer tuition reimbursement plans require their employees to stay on staff for a specified duration of time in order to also benefit from their workers’ degree.”

Who else might be willing to foot the bill for your degree? Business Insider helpfully rounded up 15 companies that provide some form of tuition assistance and details on the terms of their programs. Firms include Best Buy, Home Depot, UPS and Gap.

What do you think of Starbuck’s new educational program? Would you be more likely to work for a company that offering reimbursement for education?

Jessica Stillman is a freelance writer based in London. She writes a daily column for, contributes regularly to Forbes and Women 2.0 and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch and GigaOM, among others.

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#GetThingsDone – Americorps

Loudoun Literacy Council (LLC) is seeking Americorps members for the 2014-2015 service year. AmeriCorps members’ duties include teaching English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes, assisting with volunteer recruitment and training, and providing program and administrative support. This is a fun, rewarding opportunity that builds marketable skills! Members are provided a living stipend and education award. 

To apply for the position head to, for information on AmeriCorps. Click on “Apply to Serve” at and complete an AmeriCorps application.

For the program listing, search for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia (LCNV) program. Submit an application to the program. LCNV is spearheading the seach, but you can request assignment to LLC.


Loudoun Literacy Council (LLC) provides basic, intermediate and advanced English literacy skills to adults and children in Loudoun County so that they may take the most basic and meaningful step toward achieving success and contributing to their community. More information about LLC go to:

AmeriCorps’s mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. Check out the video about Americorps below: