Sathiyan Sivakumaran served in The Hub’s AmeriCorps VISTA program in 2018 with our HubCAP III program. During his year with The Hub, Sathiyan had a front-row seat to exciting progress made in the communities in the HubCAP program. He fondly remembers seeing the HubCAP teams take ownership of their community meetings to drive the work they identified was an impactful thing to witness and support. We recently had a chance to catch up with Sathiyan, and reflecting on his year, he said, “the connection of Matewan’s HubCAP community team to Coalfield Development was an awesome thing that happened.” Through those seeds being sown during the program, the Nenni Buildings in Matewan have been purchased and grant funding has been secured to further redevelop and revitalize the community. Without HubCAP, these connections would not have happened.
Reflecting on his year of service with The Hub, here’s what Sathiyan had to say:
“I learned a lot from everyone, whether it was from their experiences and stories or from their expertise. It’s hard to keep track of all I learned. Running effective meetings and ensuring there is value produced from meetings was something that’s proven extremely important in my work now. Nobody likes to waste their time, so when people are volunteering their time and effort, I feel like it’s even more necessary to make every minute worth it.
In a less tangible way, I gained a better understanding of the unique nature of every individual and how to navigate different personalities and mindsets to achieve progress. I also grew an appreciation–or at least, understanding–for the challenges and time that our efforts can take before clear value is shown.”
Since concluding his term with The Hub, Sathiyan has gone on to work for the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, where he oversees the agency’s Semester Internship, AmeriCorps, and AmeriCorps VISTA programs. He also supports the Abandoned Mine Land and Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization (AMLER) programs in his role.