Major: Business Management
Hometown: Modesto, CA
Program Position: CAVE Tutorial Coordinator
How did you first get connected with CAVE?
I transferred from Modesto Junior College and wanted to get into something productive and worthwhile. I heard about CAVE through a combination of class talks and tabling. I thought community service would be a good use of my time. I’ve spent the last four semesters volunteering. I tutored in a 4th grade class and volunteered at the Chico Boys and Girls Club through the Excel program. Then I applied for a staff position and became a Tutorial group leader and then a Classroom Aide group leader.
How would you describe your current position with CAVE?
Now I’m the coordinator for the Tutorial program which hosts two tutoring sessions per week for 1st-12th grade students in the BMU. We have 30-40 kids, mostly from the primary grades. We try to do one-on-one tutoring depending on how many kids show up. We have 40 volunteers which is the most the program has ever had. I recruit volunteers and clear all their paperwork; match up students with tutors; consult with parents for any special needs their child might have; refer them to additional resources that might be helpful; and serve as the primary support for my three group leaders.
What does working at CAVE do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Personally, I love getting to see all my volunteers and kids coming in and hearing what the parents say about the program. I hear nothing but positive things. When I see kids come week after week, it’s enough evidence for me that we’re doing good things. The kids love hanging out with college students. They think it’s SO cool! Knowing that someone appreciates what I’m doing gives me great satisfaction. CAVE has also provided me with the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships and lifelong skills.
What do YOU bring to the table in your position as a tutorial coordinator at CAVE?
Passion and enthusiasm which is contagious! When a student sees another person who is passionate about service, it rubs off on them. CAVE works as a unit to show that passion collectively. I believe service is a lifelong commitment and we should actively seek opportunities to serve our communities. In my current job, I try to use creativity and quick thinking to fully engage our volunteers and set up a good environment for learning which includes both play and work.
What are your career plans and how does your job with CAVE better prepare you for that path?
I’d like to be involved in some type of project management in a service capacity. I have some connections back home to potentially get a position to develop a Boys and Girls Club in Modesto. I hope to get on board with that. What I’m learning at CAVE – program management and supervision skills – will apply directly to that job.