As the winter months creep closer, and with the ongoing pandemic still raging around the world and within our borders, it’s time we start focusing more on what we can do to protect ourselves. Even with hopes of a vaccine coming in the following weeks or months, we cannot underestimate the importance of taking basic coronavirus protection measures to ensure the safety of ourselves and others. As most of us are well aware, wearing masks is one of the best ways to accomplish this.
However, in order for mask wearing to be effective, it needs to be nearly or completely universal. According to a study conducted by Nature Medicine, if there is “universal” mask coverage, or 95% of all Americans wear masks, then we could save more than 500,000 lives, compared to scenarios where mask coverage remains at its mediocre 49% rate of coverage. The cumulative, yet drastic lifesaver that increased mask coverage could become is reason enough to make a habit of wearing one in public at all times.
At Jezuba, we’ve been working hard to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to protect themselves and their loved ones with masks. Especially in the coming winter months, it is imperative that everyone has a mask to use whenever in public, so that we can save as many lives as possible. By purchasing a mask from Jezuba, you are not only helping to protect more people, but also helping us to create more masks and expand our outreach to keep more people safe.
Additional information about face mask:
CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/masking-science-sars-cov2.html
Nature Research - https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-020-1132-9
CNN - https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/23/health/masks-ihme-model-study-wellness/index.html
LA Times- https://www.latimes.com/science/story/2020-10-23/if-americans-would-just-wear-masks-we-could-save-more-than-671-000-lives
NPR - https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/11/11/933903848/wear-masks-to-protect-yourself-from-the-coronavirus-not-only-others-cdc-stresses
Credit: Associated Press and LA Times
Healthcare workers, including doctors and nurses, have always been at the forefront of the effort to keep us healthy and safe. Now, more than ever, it’s time we give back during one of the largest health crises in modern history, the COVID-19 pandemic. Essential healthcare workers need proper, sanitary items to give patients the care and attention they need while remaining safe.
Jezuba has been working hard to help provide those resources for our healthcare heroes, many of whom have expressed immense gratitude for our efforts and donations. To give the rest of the community the opportunity to contribute to this cause, we have started the Healthcare Heroes Campaign. This campaign will enable 400+ gift packs, and our goal is celebrate Veterans Day with 350 gift packs to nurses at the VA Medical Center in West LA.
These gift packs contain essential tools to help care for the community during this pandemic, including a scrub cap designed and created by our artists and makers, as well as a pack of greeting cards that can be used to help our essential nurses keep in touch with their family and loved ones while social distancing.
By donating to our cause, you will enable us to expand our gratitude to and serve even more hospitals and nurses, while continuing to contribute to the fight against this global pandemic. We will be helping each other, and our nurses, stay safe.
As we navigate the world during this global pandemic, we should make sure that all of us, and particularly our younger generations, continue to pursue educational and vocational opportunities while we are required to remain physically apart from each other. That is why Jezuba has collaborated with professionals, hiring managers, and recruiters to bring a webinar series on how to navigate the job market to members of Gen Z. These professionals, who include representatives from WePay, Ellie Mae, Robert Half, and Power Integrations, will present on the various processes and challenges that surround the job market today.
This webinar series is divided into three separate events. The first one will take place on November 24th, 2020 at 8PM EST, and will focus on issues surrounding the contemporary job market, which has been heavily influenced by the coronavirus pandemic. Attendees will learn how the pandemic has impacted the market specifically for Gen Z, and they will also learn how to prepare for opportunities within the job market during the current conditions.
The second event will occur on January 13th, 2021 at 8 PM EST, and it will be more of an interactive session, with audience to presenter engagement. Participants will be able to ask a select group of professional recruiters questions and get feedback on what skills and experience is necessary to be competitive in the job market. This is the perfect session to attend for anyone who has questions about their resumes, cover letters, or general work qualifications.
And finally, our third session will take place on January 26th, 2021 at 8 PM EST. Leaders, hiring managers and career coaches will present information to attendees on what traits they truly value in job applicants. This last session will help participants to understand what characteristics they need to develop or improve on to best serve employers’ needs in the job market.
During the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is good to step back and take a breather. One of the ways that Jezuba is helping the community is through virtual art sessions.
Living in quarantine can be difficult, especially for those who are at high risk and need to isolate themselves continuously. Those living in nursing homes have to separate themselves from family members and friends, which can be difficult both for the residents and for their families. We want to try and help people grow together despite the social distancing.
Iris demonstrated how to paint a beautiful sunset painting to the KinOn residents using a method simple enough to match the residents’ skill level within the one hour art session. The residents greatly enjoyed the experience, and all of them were able to create equally bright and beautiful paintings.
Kristine worked behind the scenes to ensure that the technical experience and event timing worked smoothly. Although there were some technical difficulties in the beginning, she explained, “Iris conducted the paint session for KinOn very well.”
To continue helping communities during this pandemic, we are planning to host future virtual art event. We hope to continue spreading the joy of art, for this event and all future ones, even while quarantined in our homes.
Jezuba is essentially my first formal internship experience. Working for a non-profit, working remotely, and working in a role that I did not have much prior experience in made this internship unique and even more full of firsts. I joined the Jezuba team a week later than everyone else, and at that point it seemed like all the interns had their roles figured out as they shared their weekly updates while I was still trying to understand how everything fit together. Soon enough, though, I settled in, starting to understand more and more about Jezuba’s mission and values as I took time to brainstorm ways to better present website content and messages.
The main focus of my internship work was on website development and content creation for any new updates or upcoming Jezuba events. At first, I thought that my role was pretty straightforward and therefore not the most exciting. However, I soon came to realize how much more could be done with my role, whether it be design aesthetics, content generation, or improving user experience.
Each week, I focused on 1-2 main tasks, from creating new page sections to adding products to our online store. I asked myself questions like how should the home page be reorganized to effectively present Jezuba’s work and mission in a concise manner? How do I get users to easily understand what Jezuba is about and navigate through the site? I really enjoyed this idealization process, and also loved exploring and searching for new tool features to be implemented. I spent a lot of time trying out new features and testing their compatibility with the current website style, and also worked to find new ways of utilizing such tools. It was 8 weeks full of continuous testing, experimentation, and communicative updates.
Reflecting back, I think a big takeaway for me from this internship is that I really need take the time to explore different fields and roles before I pin myself down to focus on one specific area. Before Jezuba, I had always imagined myself doing business management/finance related work with my economics major. However, being exposed to website design and seeing how I lose track of time pursuing certain aesthetic feels and styles made me realize how much I enjoy doing such work. Now, I find myself looking into UI/UX design opportunities and developing an interest in product design. Even though I am branching out, I actually feel less lost than before on what I want to do in my future. It’s not that I am going to change my major or forego economics, but that I understand it is worthwhile and okay to be pursuing new things, even if it has nothing to do with what I am studying. I have come to understand that such change is not scary or necessarily bad either.
Full of Thanks
Lastly, I just want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone on the team who has made this summer such an awesome experience. I really liked how this internship not only emphasized working on your specific role and responsibilities but also about understanding and hearing other people’s achievements and updates over the weeks. I enjoyed hearing everyone’s progress and it really served to motivate me more as well. I appreciate the times when we weren’t discussing anything work-related, but rather getting to know each other through discussions on other important topics such as the “30s is the new 20s” TED talk.
I truly enjoyed my experience and hope all the best to Jezuba in the future!
When Covid-19 forced all of us into isolation and threw us online, I began panicking as my summer plans disappeared. Fortunately, Jezuba’s internship program with Wellesley allowed me to put my summer sitting at home to good use. My role at Jezuba was the Artist and Makers Program Manager, a position that put me in charge of publicizing our artists and reaching out to new artists who may be interested in partnering with us. I knew very little about artist outreach and I had no idea how much time I would spend working out the logistics of onboarding new artists. Over the course of my internship, I gained valuable experience solving real world problems and I was able to connect with inspiring women across the globe—women who create businesses that are not only profitable, but also beneficial to others. Whether it’s donating their time, money, or talent, these artists have dedicated themselves to helping those in need.
Working at Jezuba has helped me see how I could use social entrepreneurship to benefit underserved and disadvantaged communities. It has also given me an introduction to the world of nonprofit work, in which I hope to stay involved. Coming into this internship, I didn’t expect to learn such a wide variety of skills that are necessary for the day-to-day running of a nonprofit. Among other things, I learned how to edit a contract, how to create a cost-benefit analysis for various shipping plans, how to draft emails to potential clients, how to communicate online and across time zones, how to plan and set up meetings, and how to write blog posts about the artists we partner with. None of these tasks were listed in my job description, but they were all necessary aspects of my work.
My most difficult job was reaching out to new artists. Given the economic shutdown, we wanted to provide artists with another platform to sell their work free of charge. I decided early on that I wanted to reach out specifically to black and brown artists who are disproportionately harmed by the pandemic and the economic crisis. However, I drastically underestimated the number of people I needed to contact in order to get responses. I began by contacting seven artists, then eight more artists, then seven more artists and four organizations, until I finally got two responses. By the end of my internship, I only brought one company—Rach∞Becca—fully on board with Jezuba. As disappointing as that was, I realized that I had still managed to create a system that Jezuba can use to contact artists in the future, got Rach∞Becca their own webpage and put their products on our webstore, wrote blog posts for Paper Sweetly and Rach∞Becca, and worked with them to make videos for Jezuba’s global giving campaign. My internship has been challenging, but rewarding, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Artists & Makers Program Manager
Jezuba has been selected by GlobalGiving to participate in their Accelerator campaign! Our goal is to raise at least $5,000 from 40 unique donors during the campaign that runs from Sept. 14 - 30. Succeeding in the GlobalGiving Accelerator would be a huge deal for us! It would mean being able to permanently fundraise on GlobalGiving to fulfill our mission to provide solar LED lamps to school children in off-grid community in rural Myanmar!
Without you, none of it is possible. Donate to our Accelerator project today. https://bit.ly/2FvglvC
As I applied for the position at Jezuba early summer, I thought to myself, ten hours a week - easily doable! Then, of course, life happened. I started a new job, joined a “recommended” summer physics club, and drove my not-of-driving-age sister to her driving-intensive ballet schedule. Suddenly, the ten hours dedicated to Jezuba did not seem to be enough.
They say that no matter what, you’ll never forget your first love. And when it comes to my involvement with nonprofit organizations, Jezuba would be my first love.