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John P. Hazelroth

I would strongly encourage volunteering or seeking out an entry level position before pursuing additional education. This will give you an idea of hours, responsibility, persons in the field and the most important thing -- do you like it. Often times you can learn as much or more in a working environment vs. graduate school. Do no let your degrees hold you back. Both these degrees involves a wide ranging skill set. I would suggest spending 1-3 years working for a nonprofit before considering starting your own. It is difficult to introduce an idea or program that is not currently being done - this makes starting your own more difficult. Your work experience will help you identify both gaps and service needs which will be critical if you strike out on your own. Lastly, before going it alone consider partnering with an established organization. This may provide you with ownership opportunities, but also support..

Answered 1 month ago

John P. Hazelroth
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Tamara Muhammad

I would recommend the nonprofit management concentration at University of Maryland University College (Master of Science in Management).

I would also recommend volunteering at some nonprofits in your area of interest to get hands on experience with how they work. There are several youth-focused nonprofits that you could learn from. You may want to volunteer to be on the board, help out with a committee, or interview some of the people involved with the organizations to get an idea of what they do.

Answered 3 years ago

Tamara Muhammad