AEPI Philadelphia Alumni Club
We have something like 3,000 alumni in the Philly area of all ages (mostly 20s-50s) who come from a diverse set of backgrounds and schools and have all been introduced to the idea of being involved in the Jewish community. However, the majority of these alumni (and new ones moving to the area) aren't actively engaged and aren't involved as much as they could be. My group has the backing of our headquarters and has begun to regularly host events aimed at adding value to the members and getting them involved in the Jewish community. We want to make sure that all their skills and experience is benefiting our community and that everyone is aware of the opportunities to getting involved.
I'm a software developer currently in Philly who grew up splitting time between Atlantic City and Key West. My involvement in the Jewish community didn't start until joining AEPi at Drexel who also introduced me to Hillel. They showed me that even more than software, developing people and communities is what excites me. I was able to serve as president of the Hillel and AEPi before graduating and now volunteer as an adviser for both groups.
The alumni club has been hosting multiple events per month, promoting undergraduate events and helping recent graduates to network by sharing resumes within the group. The club was recently awarded a $1,000 event grant from the Schusterman Foundation to run a networking event which took place in Winter 2014 with the goal of bringing together alumni to network and learn about leadership opportunities. Over 80 people attended and a half dozen Jewish non-profits were represented. In addition, Shaw is the co-founder of a new tech company which was recently featured in Technically Philly. Greek Solutions provides a website builder and group management system for student groups, clubs and small businesses.