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Domenica Cesena

Working for Social Change

Working for Social Change

Domenica, 27, and her digital civil service

For six months, eight volunteers from the digital civil service have been collaborating with the Fondazione Mondo Digitale through the Italian Association of Foundations and Philanthropic Bodies (Assifero).

Over the course of the year, young volunteers work on digital education and tutoring at the Rome Città Educativa and throughout the city. Activities include tutoring, territorial animation, organizational management, communication, and dissemination of initiatives and services. This is an inspiring and meaningful journey with a positive impact on all of our initiatives. And it is a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth both for the volunteers and for the Fondazione Mondo Digitale staff who support them. In particular, the volunteers are followed by Cecilia Stajano, Community Coordinator at Fondazione Mondo Digitale, and Ilaria Graziano, Project Manager, as local project operators.

To help you discover their stories and aspirations more closely, we are resuming our interviews with operators who share the experiences and motivations that pushed them into this adventure and the prospects for the future. The interviews are conducted Onelia Onorati.

Today, we introduce you to Domenica Cesena, 27, with a degree in marketing and communications from Sapienza University of Rome.

What made you choose to become a digital civil service volunteer and what do you expect?

I applied to the Digital Civil Service because I am convinced that digitalisation is a crucial tool for the social and economic progress of our country. It is important that all citizens acquire the skills necessary to actively participate in a digital society. As a volunteer with the Digital Civil Service, I expect to contribute to this goal. I am sure that this experience will enrich both my personal and professional background.

What are you enjoying most about your commitment with FMD?

I am excited about all the opportunities that are provided by the Fondazione Mondo Digitale. The many stimulating activities allow me to continuously acquire new skills and progress on my professional path. It is gratifying to know that my commitment is concretely contributing to improving people's quality of life.

What impact do you think FMD can have on people?

In my opinion, the Fondazione Mondo Digitale has an important impact on people's lives, contributing to the mitigation of educational poverty. The Foundation provides anyone with the opportunity to develop the fundamental skills necessary to access and benefit from digital technology.

What do you think your contribution could be?

My IT knowledge allow me to help people use digital technology, while my teamwork skills facilitate effective collaboration with other volunteers and members of the Fondazione Mondo Digitale.

What skills and knowledge will you field in this adventure with FMD and what skills do you expect to develop through this digital volunteering experience?

Over the year I will be collaborating with the Fondazione Mondo Digitale, I intend to use my digital and graphic skills to contribute to useful and socially relevant initiatives. I aim to develop problem solving and public speaking skills, focusing on enriching my knowledge on marketing and communications for the third sector.

What would you like to do in the future?

In my professional future I would like to work in marketing and communications for a third sector organization, which I believe is the right area to use my skills at the service of social change.

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