H. Semra Kayabas joined FLU in August, together with four other Civic Corps members, as one of the first NYC Civic Corps members to be hosted by NYLAG. The members are responsible for recruiting, training, and managing volunteers, as well as increasing the capacity for which NYLAG can educate and advocate for low-income New Yorkers.

Ms. Kayabas’s main responsibilities in FLU include intake, preparing training materials, public relations and developing effective strategies for capacity building in the Unit.

A recent graduate of Binghamton University, Ms. Kayabas majored in Psychology. As an undergraduate, she was the Fundraising Coordinator for the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity and vice-president of a student group aiding homeless and low-income members of the local community.

Launched by Mayor Bloomberg in response to President Obama’s call to service, NYC Civic Corps’s main goal is to make New York City the easiest city in which to volunteer. By establishing new volunteer programs in over 50 different host sites, the first inaugural class of Civic Corps members is creating an environment that helps foster a sense of civic responsibility and desire to help low-income individuals in the city they call home.