What inspires Kristen?
As a founding member of Youth for Debate, Kristen Allison served as Director of Internal Outreach from 2009 to 2012. Kristen developed and implemented YFD’s volunteer development program and served as the interface between the board and volunteers, ensuring effective communication and support as well as managing quality control of volunteers in YFD classrooms. While at Columbia, Kristen received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a double minor in Philosophy and Materials Science.After graduating from Columbia, Kristen was hired by BASF as a Chemical Engineer in the company’s 18 month Professional Development Program. She completed two 9 month assignments as a project engineer, one domestic and one internationally at the company’s headquarters in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Currently, Kristen works as a project manager at the BASF Freeport, TX manufacturing site.[quote]“YFD provides a forum in which students begin to understand their voices to have resonance.”[/quote][quote]“One of the most important things about the program is that it allows volunteers who have had vast educational opportunities to give back to the community at large.”[/quote][quote]“I hope YFD expands its impact to reach disadvantaged communities throughout the country.” [/quote][quote]“YFD introduced me to an amazing variety of people with diverse opinions and passions..”[/quote][quote]“Helping students realize that their voices matter and that a college education is feasible is my main motivation to stay involved with YFD.”[/quote][quote]“I am inspired by individuals who work to better themselves and their circumstances in the face of adversity.”[/quote][quote]“Students who previously did not consider college can see commonalities with their coaches and realize that college may be an attainable goal” [/quote][quote]“YFD seeks to allow students to not only express themselves, but to gain a respect for their own voices.”[/quote]