Student Interns, Volunteers Help Keep TJ on the Cutting Edge
The TJ Partnership Fund (PF) was excited to welcome its first student development interns to the PF Office this summer: Anjna Nair, TJ ’16, and Tarunikha Sriram, TJ ’18. The interns spent time in and out of the office, learning the nuts and bolts of fundraising and helping TJ in the process.
Both girls assisted with tasks related to the onboarding of new TJPF Board members, alumni outreach, and donor stewardship and recognition. Both also joined PF staff in escorting Jack Kent Cooke Foundation leadership around TJ’s Middle School Tech Institute (see MSTI, August 2016 issue) and showing the renovated building to Vint Cerf, one of the “Fathers of the Internet” who also happens to be a father of a TJ alum and, together with his family, a Campaign for TJ Monticello Partner.
The highlight for Anjna was meeting donors and explaining to them how their donations were being used to benefit the school. She also enjoyed helping to plan the Internship Fair. Cold-calling alumni taught both of them the challenges of fundraising while giving them a chance to develop useful communication skills.
Tarunikha particularly appreciated having an opportunity to work independently on projects from beginning to end, such as the binders she thoughtfully put together for each TJPF Board member. She is working part-time during her junior year so that she can continue to work on a major PF project — the Campaign for TJ donor wall that will recognize donors who have given $5,000 or more to the Campaign. The wall, which will be located in the Nobel Commons where it can be seen by all school visitors, will be completed by the end of the Campaign in December 2017.
“You get to see a little bit behind the scenes at TJ,” Tarunikha said, “and all the work you do benefits your high school.” Anjna agreed: “I think its a good opportunity to give back to a school that has given you so much. It gives you a chance to really reflect on your time at TJ and see what goes into raising the money that gives us our great technology and programs.”
National Honor Society Volunteers
The Partnership Fund is thrilled to announce another new partnership — this time with TJ National Honor Society (NHS), a club for juniors and seniors who meet GPA and service hour requirements and pledge to perform additional service activities inside or outside of school.
As the PF’s first NHS Liaison, senior Aadith Vittala recruits and organizes NHS volunteers for school-related PF events, such as Back-to-School Night where students handed out flyers to parents at the door. At the September PF Board meeting where he was formally introduced, he told Board members how excited he was to have the opportunity to help TJ in a meaningful way. He and all the NHS volunteers are a wonderful addition to the PF family and serve as excellent reminders of the impact of school support.