"I first joined the Youth Advisory Council as a junior in high school. I remember being shocked early on at the level of empowerment and responsibility members of the Council were granted. " - Corey Andrus

Corey Andrus

Alumni

Lead2Change has played an integral role in my life as I navigate my professional career. The most valuable lesson I’ve learned through Lead2Change is to follow your passion and joining with others so that my actions have a greater positive impact.

I first joined the Youth Advisory Council as a junior in high school. I remember being shocked early on at the level of empowerment and responsibility members of the Council were granted. When I proposed re-writing the Youth In Service Fund guidelines to add clarity, I was met with support and encouragement. Then in 2010, I helped cowrite the bylaws and articles of incorporation for what is now Lead2Change. We researched the process of incorporating a non-profit, attended workshops, wrote the official documentation, and ultimately filed the paperwork. This responsibility and empowerment taught me the value of initiative, leadership, drive, and collaboration; skills I utilize every day in my professional life.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, I was accepted into the internship program at Gensler, a global architecture and design firm. After the completion of the program, I was hired on as a full-time architectural designer. Over the last three years, I have worked on projects large and small from Minneapolis to Rome. I lead our office’s gServe volunteer initiative and served on the regional Creative Media and Computational Design Groups. This fall, I will be attending Parsons School of Design in New York to obtain my Masters in Architecture.

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