Ariel Kendall
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Location: Saint Paul, MN, USA
University: University of St.Thomas
Major: Communications & Journalism

Ariel Kendall

Ariel A. Kendall
Ozark, MO
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EDUCATION
University of St. Thomas, Twin Cities June 2011 B.A. Communication & Journalism, Family Studies

WORK EXPERIENCE

Preferred Family Healthcare, Springfield, MO June 2019-present Employment Specialist (SWEP)
● Conduct classroom style learning experiences for students on the fifth day of each week. Classes will consist of 4 hours to provide soft skills training and review/discuss onsite experiences.
● Supported students on the worksite by facilitating individuals’ full integration into the worksite and serve as a mediator between co-workers and supervisors as necessary.
● Prepared plans, reports, and other paperwork as needed.
● Obtain information about student through intake process, including meetings with students and their families, VR Counselors, and school personnel in order to understand and know the student's strengths, skills, capacities, needs, vocational and other interests.
● Coordinate students new hire paperwork, orientation and weekly timesheets.
● Safely Transported students to and from the worksite as needed and reported worksite outcomes and other relevant information regarding progress/activity of student to Manager, Director and/or referral source as required


TADS, Minneapolis, MN December 2015 – April 2019.
Scholarship Fund and F.A. Administrative Support Specialist (K-12)
● Provide application and technical support for hundreds of school administrators and scholarship organizations
● Provide customer support for school and scholarship clients with day-to-day administrative requests and inquiries.
● Implement and manage state-wide scholarship funds and tuition assistance programs
● Ensure school and fund clients are fully trained on the applications available to them and are using them in the most effective manner and for clients to make best informed funding decisions.
● Manage a diverse workload to best communicate to clients and team members through various communication outlets (via phone, email and online training support.)
● Build and maintain trusting relationships with school and fund administrators in order to ensure a renewal year to year contract.
● Mentor and train new staff and interns on financial aid daily workflow, expectations and database systems.

TADS, Minneapolis, MN January 2013 – Nov. 2015
Financial aid Advisor/ In-office Parent Support Specialist
● Fully review and analyzed at least 50 financial aid applications per day by paying close attention to detail and contacting families for additional information to complete entire application process
● Provided customer service to families by communicating via in -office meetings, phone and email in order to effectively complete entire financial aid application process for all schools.
● Mentor and train new staff and interns on financial aid daily workflow, expectations and database systems.
● Managed and processed thousands of financial aid applications on deadline to professionally and efficiently present to school administrators in order for schools to make accurate and informed award decisions.

TADS, Minneapolis, MN​ July 2013 – April 2015 Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
● Strategically organized and executed local community driven projects and non-profit events for colleague’s service participation (arts and crafts, food/toys/clothing drives, etc.)
● Created and executed online and in-office fundraising initiatives/events; raised more than $8,000 for numerous local nonprofit causes and organizations
● Built and maintained ongoing partnerships and communications with local non-profit organizations (Toys for tots, Second Harvest Heartland, Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, Catholic Elder Care, Feed My Starving Children, Urban Ventures, Love One Another, Kid’s In Need, Bolder Options, etc.)

AchieveMpls, Minneapolis, MN Fall/Spring 2017
Step-Up Achieve Work Readiness Trainer/Graduation Coach (Volunteer)
● Creatively and enthusiastically delivered STEP-UP work readiness curriculum to a classroom of more than 100 high school students over a course of four weekends.
● Carefully and professionally assessed each student’s behavior, professionalism and participation in class while assisting the students in career and interview preparation for summer internships.
● Volunteered 5-6 hours each month in a Minneapolis high school classroom to mentor a senior student throughout the entire school year.
● Provided curriculum, training and ongoing support in the high school classroom/career center via activities and required school/AchieveMpls assignments





Dream Careers, Los Angeles, CA​June-Aug. 2013, 2015
Communications and Outreach Intern
● Creatively led to inspire and became a prominent resource for 300+ college students from around the world to ensure every student successfully complete their summer internship roles and requirements for their assigned companies all over the Los Angeles area.
● Executed career as well as extra-curricular and events with excellence and professionalism, often under high pressure and under a short deadline.
● Planned meaningful and informative seminars and events in a positive, safe and inspiring community for students to engage and build career, leadership and networking skills (via LinkedIn, resume, speaker events, networking workshops)


ThreeSixty Journalism, St. Paul, MN. April 2012 – Oct. 2012
Communications and Outreach Intern
● Constructed/launched program's online presence, creating/updating content on Terminal Four computer software system.
● Developed a fundraising initiative (via events and online efforts) to strengthen alumni network and alumni program participation and contributions.
● Creatively and strategically communicated and organized alumni ways to increase program and alumni engagement and opportunities to give back monetarily and volunteer, stay involved in current ThreeSixty programs.

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