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Princeton AlumniCorps believes in fostering and connecting leaders committed to advancing social change. The Princeton Project 55 Fellowship Program provides recent Princeton graduates with formative experiences working in the public interest, instilling in all fellows a greater awareness of critical social issues, a deeper understanding of their capacity to bring about change, and a lifelong commitment to equity and justice. Fellows engage in learning opportunities through five intentional aspects of the Fellowship program: Leadership Development, Mentorship, Community Building, Coaching and Resource Support, and a Nonprofit Partnership.
In 1989, Ralph Nader ’55 raised an idea at his class Reunion gathering in Washington, D.C.: organize an alumni group to promote civic engagement in the public interest. This vision and effort—led by Nader, along with Charlie Bray, John Fish, Chet Safian and their peers from the class of ‘55—resulted in the Project 55 Fellowship Program. Project 55 is our flagship program and over the next three decades, Project 55 has grown into a dynamic multi-generational network of alumni, students, and nonprofit organizations serving in the public interest. Our organization is now known as Princeton AlumniCorps to reflect our renewed commitment to engage alumni of all ages and collegiate affiliation and develop and implement programs that lead to real change.
“The work I had a chance to do gave me a unique perspective into what is required to serve in the non-profit sector, and an incredible foundation that I would like to keep building onto in the future. It helped me to realize the amount of social issues many of those around us face, and what can be done to help combat those and help those afflicted by them.”
Sally Lee ’19
New Alternatives for Children
“I remember during my interview at the AlumniCorps office back in senior year just how passionate everyone seemed about getting us young people engaged in the community. I think this year has absolutely lived up to these initial impressions – I have felt supported and cheered on the entire way.”
Ruby Guo ’19
UCSF Breast Care Center
“I want to thank AlumniCorps for this excellent opportunity. The Project 55 Fellowship Program makes such a huge difference not just in the Princeton alumni community, but also in so many communities throughout the country. Having this support made a world of difference in how I navigated issues and my overall fellowship experience.”
“I was connected to a great org I never would have found otherwise as a graduating philosophy major; P55 opened up doors for me by connecting my background in humanities to a wide array of jobs that break the traditional view of what you can do with that kind of degree. I never would have thought to see myself in a role like the one I’m in now as I stay full time here, or had the runway to build the skills and relationships that got me here. It connected me to a city and people in it who wanted to help me grow professionally and personally. It was also a crucial source of support in a very rocky first year out of college that happened to include a pandemic! I’m so appreciative of the doors the program opened for me and the career path it’s helping me shape.”
Alice Maiden ’20
New Markets Support Company
“My fellowship contributed to my personal growth by 1) helping me becoming more of a self-starter in the workplace and 2) helping me become more comfortable with uncertainty, particularly through my mentor relationship. I improved significantly in both of these skills, and will certainly take them with me moving forward :)”
Michael Lotito ’21
Reach Out and Read of Greater New York
“Project 55 Fellows are always hardworking, smart, dedicated, and help infuse a lot of energy into the overall group.”
Partner at UCSF Breast Care Center, San Francisco, CA
“It’s high impact, high smarts, high intelligence, versatile people coming ready to learn and ready to contribute.”
Partner at Altitude Learning, San Francisco, CA