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PA3 Volunteers "Spring into Service" at Special Olympics

June 9, 2013: Nine PA3 volunteers enjoyed a rewarding morning of service at the Special Olympic Summer Games in Ewing. This year we worked with the youngest athletes, kids 2 ½ - 7 years old. PA3 volunteers set up stations and then guided kids through activities including an obstacle course, gymnastics, tennis, and bocce, among others, all designed to help the kids improve gross motor skills and develop foundational skills for future participation in sports.

The PA3 volunteers were (pictured left to right in the group photo) Jess Deutsch ’91, Marian Zelazny p11, Andrew Lieu ’06, Jeremy Kestler ’94, Olek Zelazny p11, Arlen Hastings ’80, Wu Suen *98 and daughter Helen Sun, and Haiyan Bian p14. 

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Special Olympics ( Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM )
Location: Ewing, NJ

Posted by Arlen over 6 years ago.


ARB 2014 PICS Internship

American Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization is comprised of: American Repertory Ballet, the preeminent contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and the Access and Enrichment initiatives, ranging from the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program to the popular On Pointe series.

10 week internship:
A PICS internship with American Repertory Ballet (ARB) will allow the intern to gain practical experience in the non-profit arts world. He/she would be given the opportunity to learn how each department contributes to the whole of ARB by working directly with department heads on various projects necessary to the success of the organization.  Working between the marketing and development departments, a PICS intern would be able approach all of ARB’s programming – from performances to educational events and residencies – through the lens of promotion, fundraising, and grant-writing.  Interns will have the opportunity to:  
  • Assist in the production of advertisements, online and print displays, and promotional videos, using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and iMovie or equivalent
  • Assist in the promotional efforts undertaken by the organization, from social media and online initiatives to press releases for print media
  • Propose innovative initiatives for audience engagement through “on the ground” PR efforts and through social media and e-blasts
  • Write and distribute press releases
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; understanding and experience of social media such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
  • Assist in the fundraising efforts undertaken by the organization, from grant research/writing to specific campaigns
  • Assist in the organization and execution of special events for the Summer Intensive program: i.e. trip to Ballet in Cinema movie at the State Theatre, trip to Lincoln Center for American Ballet Theatre performance, special lectures or enrichment activities
  • Assist in the organization of patron and school family mailing lists and mailings

Posted by Princeton AAA about 7 years ago.


ISLES 2014 PICS internship

Founded in 1981, Isles, Inc. is a community development and environmental organization based in Trenton, New Jersey. With a mission to foster self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities, we design and develop effective services that support this mission and share what we learn with others who can make a difference.   

10 week internship:
Isles will offer a Video Production internship to a qualified Princeton student. This project will include: 
·       Researching Isles and becoming familiar with our current services and offerings 
·       Working with Isles’ Chief Operating Officer and Resource Development team to determine video focus and content 
·       Shadowing Isles employees to gain first-hand understanding of Isles’ work 
·       Filming Isles services, as well as interviews with Isles’ staff,  customers, and other stakeholders 
·       Editing footage into short (approximately 1 minute) videos 
·       Posting content on Isles’ YouTube account (or other sites to be determined)   

The intern will create a minimum of four videos, which will focus on Isles’ service areas: 
·       Revitalizing communities 
·       Training and educating 
·       Building wealth 
·       Living green and healthy   

Depending on the capacity of the intern, additional videos to be created may include: 
·       General Isles’ history 
·       Mill One – This is a placemaking project, involving the redevelopment of a disused factory is a distressed area, for the purposes of community development 
·       Drilling down on Isles service areas (such as a short video on Isles Youth Institute and a separate video on Isles Center for Energy and Environmental Training, both part of the “training and educating” focus area) 
·       Profiles of Isles staff/board members   

The Princeton student is expected to benefit greatly from this internship. He or she will gain insight into nonprofit organization and management, as well as the local Trenton community. The intern will strengthen their interpersonal skills through interaction with staff and local community members. Because the intern will often be expected to work independently, he or she will also strengthen time management and project management skills as well as sharpen technical filming and editing abilities.  At the end of the 10 weeks, the intern will have produced a minimum of four short, high-quality videos that can be added to their professional portfolios. 

For Results see

Posted by Princeton AAA about 7 years ago.


PA3-PICS Internships for Summer 2015

PA3 supported two 2014 PICS internships, with ISLES and the American Repertory Ballet, for a total of a $10,000 donation to PICS.   With your help, we hope to do the same for 2015

Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS)

is a broad-based alumni initiative which, in collaboration with partner non-profit organizations, creates and funds paid summer internships throughout the US for Princeton students. The program typically offers over 80 internships each summer, in areas of interest including group advocacy, legal services, public policy, health and social services, community development, education and the arts. The 8-10 week substantive internships are open to all Princeton undergraduates with most open to seniors, and provide the opportunity for students to explore potential careers in public service and the non-profit sector. Princeton alumni serve as partners to the student interns.

ISLES, Inc. of Trenton, NJ

Founded by Princeton alumni as undergrads, ISLES fosters self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities.  Click here to read about the 2014 internship with ISLES. 

American Repertory Ballet of New Brunswick, NJ

Staffed by Princeton alumni, ARB aims to bring the joy, beauty, artistry, and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and beyond through artistic and educational programs. Click here to read about the 2014 internship with the ARB. 

Posted by Princeton AAA about 7 years ago.


Restore Our Shore ORANGE Wristbands - Support a Good Cause!

**We have sold more than 50 wristbands and exhausted our supply. Thank you for supporting Restore Our Shore!**

Restore Our Shore is “organizing & mobilizing the residents of NJ to provide funds to local charities assisting in rebuilding NJ coastal towns devastated by Hurricane Sandy.” Among other things, they’re asking retailers to sell wristbands for $5, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity. So far, wristbands have only been available in selected shops around New Jersey and a handful of other places. So what’s a faraway New Jersey Shore lover to do?

PA3 to the rescue! Why? Because it’s for a good cause – and because the wristbands are orange, so we couldn’t resist. We’ll mail wristbands anywhere in the U.S. and will cover the cost of postage. (If you want a wristband sent outside the U.S., please email us, and we’ll work something out.)

Please use this link to order wristbands, for $5 each. Quantities are limited; order yours soon!

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Posted by Princeton AAA about 7 years ago.