Powered by the Citi Foundation, AmeriCorps and Points of Light, ServiceWorks Will Help Young Adults in 10 Cities Develop Skills They Need to Prepare for College, Careers
ATLANTA, May 13, 2014 – Points of Light announced today that Kirstyn Martin will lead ServiceWorks, a groundbreaking national program that uses volunteer service as a strategy to help young adults in low-income families develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers. Funded by the Citi Foundation, ServiceWorks will deploy 225 AmeriCorps members in 10 cities over three years to engage youth, age 16-24, in service and build a large-scale volunteer response to the crisis of low college and career attainment.
Prior to joining Points of Light, Martin led college and career preparation initiatives for two large public school districts. As executive director of career preparation and technical education at Fulton County Schools, Martin worked to improve programming and student outcomes while overseeing career and technical education, virtual and extended learning, and several grant programs.
At Chicago Public Schools, Martin held a number of roles, including director of strategy and operations for the Office of College and Career Preparation, where she developed strategies to increase college persistence and equipped high schools with data and additional resources for postsecondary success. While at Chicago Public Schools, Martin also participated in the Broad Residency in Urban Education, a selective program that places qualified participants in high-level managerial positions at school districts and education organizations.
Before her transition into public education, Martin worked for seven years in a range of strategic and leadership roles at JPMorganChase (formerly BankOne). While there, she developed expertise in project and performance management, strategic planning and marketing, risk assessment and customer service. She also developed a passion for volunteering with college access and workforce development organizations. She continues to be actively engaged in related skills-based volunteering.
Martin is a graduate of Howard University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in finance. Martin also earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.