Category: Keeping Up With Gen Y
April 27, 2011 | BY Tamara Bell
In today’s episode of Keeping Up with Gen Y, we meet the April Y Gen Cares volunteer, Kara McManus, who volunteers as the communications coordinator for Lights.Camera.Help, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to encouraging other nonprofit and cause-driven organizations to use film and video to tell their stories.
Kara discusses how the Internet has created volunteer opportunities for Gen Y beyond their local communities. She also explains how volunteering in a bad economy not only builds your resume but can open up career possibilities.
MORE ABOUT KARA MCMANUS
For the past two years, Kara McManus has volunteered for Lights.Camera.Help, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to encouraging other nonprofit and cause-driven organizations to use film and video to tell their stories. Earlier this year, she became the organization’s communications coordinator.
In her day job, Kara is program manager for a business development firm as well as a marketing subcontractor. She’s a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, conducting development research, managing databases, marketing through social media, and designing logos and promotional materials for clients.
Majoring in Public Relations, Kara graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009. While in school, Kara interned for the Austin Film Festival, another nonprofit organization that furthers the art and craft of filmmaking. Kara’s love for working for non-profits was influenced by her mother, who would encourage her as a young girl to start food and clothing drives to help others less fortunate.
About the Author
Tamara Bell: Tamara Bell is the editor of Y Gen Out Loud. She began her journalism career as a reporter in Dallas, Texas. A few years later, she moved into politics and government, working for both Democratic and Republican members of the Texas Legislature. When not working on Y Gen, Tamara is a lecturer in the Advertising Department at The University of Texas at Austin. Tamara has a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.