Mubarak Lawrence (City Year Philadelphia ’10) was first introduced to transformative nonprofit work as a student at Ursinus College through his involvement with Rising Sons, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the quality of life of young men of color through civic engagement and workforce development. As a Business and Economics major, Mubarak decided he wanted to use his degree to create positive social change in the community by becoming a nonprofit leader. When a friend recommended that he join City Year Philadelphia, Mubarak was immediately sold. Today, Mubarak is the Vice President and Director of Operations at Rising Sons and attributes his service as a City Year AmeriCorps member as essential to developing the skills he needed to launch his successful career.
Mubarak chose to serve with City Year because he saw it as an opportunity to continue working with youth while making a significant impact, learn about how nonprofits operate and gain experience in social entrepreneurship. For Mubarak, City Year was instrumental to developing skills related to leadership, community engagement, project planning and implementing and working with diverse teammates.
Reflecting on how he landed in the nonprofit sector with a business and economics degree in hand, Mubarak recalls: “I knew when I was in school I was studying business and economics, mainly because I never knew, legitimately, how you can start a business. I wanted to know: how can I make money? How can I maintain it? Then Alex introduced me to Rising Sons, and I realized that he needed a business plan. From what I was learning in my courses, nonprofits and for profits were both businesses. One has a social impact, and one has a bottom line. I realized I wanted to be more accustomed and paired with a social impact.”
For any business majors considering what type of career path they want to pursue or thinking about their next step after graduation, Mubarak would encourage you to spend a year using the knowledge and skills you’ve gained to create positive social change in the community. “City Year, honestly, as a business and economics major, helped me with project management, time management, event planning and coordination. It definitely can help business students.”
Mubarak is one of six winners of this year’s Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards. To learn more about the Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Award and this year’s award winners, visit the City Year alumni website here.
Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards – Call for Nominations is now Open!
The Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards recognize outstanding City Year alumni who are continuing their commitment to strengthening community, inspiring, mobilizing and empowering others, creating and developing sustainable solutions for social change and who exemplify the core values of City Year. More than 100 alumni have been honored with a Leadership Award – City Year’s most prestigious alumni recognition. We encourage you to nominate an outstanding alum to be recognized at our Comcast NBCUniversal Leadership Awards ceremony in July in Boston. Click here to learn more about the awards nomination process. Completed nominations are due April 13th at 5:00 PM EST. Questions? Contact Laura Kazanovicz, National Alumni Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.