School: School of the Holy Child
College you’re attending in the fall: George Mason University
Intended Major: Computer Science or Cybersecurity Engineering
What events have you been a part of since you began volunteering for KHK?
I have been a part of Birthday Bash, Launching Libraries, Cuts for a Cause, and the Thanksgiving Bread Bake.
What have you gotten out of Kids Helping Kids?
Public speaking has always been a huge struggle for me. I was always afraid of talking in front of crowds. By leading a team of ambassadors, I have not only learned leadership skills, but also have been given the ability to speak and guide a large group of people. While leading a project called Launching Libraries, I even got to be interviewed by Channel 12 News and was on TV! I never thought I would have the courage to do that, even if it was only for a minute or so.
What has been your favorite part of volunteering with KHK?
My favorite moment with Kids Helping Kids was when I first started with KHK. I was one of the lead ambassadors for our Launching Libraries project, a giving library created to provide access to books in a community center located in a low income area, where recipients can take books and give them to others when they are done, versus return them. I was getting nervous the day before we were supposed to sort all of the books. I was not sure how many books we were going to collect and I did not know if there was going to be enough. I remember walking into the Center and seeing piles of books all over the lobby. They were piled up waist-high. Honestly, at that moment, I stood there in awe. I could not believe that my team and my community were capable of doing something as amazing as this. It really drove home the point that together we can achieve so much and that our generation has a tremendous amount of power to make things that we care about happen. In the end, we had collected about 60,000 books that were given out through our giving library.
What do you hope to accomplish during your KHK internship?
I will be interviewing ambassadors and parental facilitators to understand what they think is valuable in their experience at KHK and then be posting about their thoughts and responses in our blog. I will learn to use Constant Contact in order to create our monthly newsletters and create templates for our Kids Helping Kids projects. Once I get the hang of things, I will also be training another ambassador to use Constant Contact and share my skills so they can continue when I graduate, further ensuring KHK’s growth and stability. Lastly, I will interview with a radio newscast done by Tony Savino called ViewPoint.
Why would you encourage others to get involved with KHK?
Kids Helping Kids has strengthened my people skills. Before joining, I could not imagine standing in front of a large group of kids and teenagers and being able to confidently speak and express my ideas. I was always the girl who knew the answer to a question or had an idea, but was too afraid to raise her hand during class. Kids Helping Kids has boosted my confidence and leadership skills. I never thought I would be able to run a project and organize a group of people, but KHK has taught me that even the quietest and shiest people have a voice. When I came to Kids Helping Kids, I did not know anyone, except my brother, and over the past few years working with Kids Helping Kids, I have made several friends that I am always excited to see whenever I attend meetings or events. Kids Helping Kids is a once in a lifetime experience that not only helps people in the community, but also helps people personally by bringing out the best in them. I recommend you get involved and see why I am so passionate about KHK!