Christina Avalos

Major: Kinesiology
Hometown: Live Oak, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: Coordinator for the Adopt-A-Park program, CAVE

How did you first get connected with Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE)?
I first got connected with CAVE in my second semester as a transfer student here at Chico State. Ever since then it has been an adventure, and I’ve enjoyed every step of the way!

How would you describe your role as the Coordinator of the Adopt-a-Park program?
My role as a coordinator is to enlighten and inspire my volunteers and my group leaders. I oversee 36 volunteers with my two wonderful group leaders Isabell and Kyler. I help guide and direct the volunteers to their site or to the director of the assigned worksite and answer any questions they have. I attend meetings to learn about new events that can benefit my volunteers in their journey of completing their required 30 hours. Also, I have the privilege of working with Susan Mason and Heidi Ortiz who work for the City of Chico in Bidwell Park. They plan worksites for all our volunteers.

What does working for CAVE do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
CAVE helps me personally by teaching me what I am capable of doing as a leader. There are a lot of things that happened in my role as a coordinator that I did not think I could do! Sometimes my days are challenging, but I have a wonderful team to help guide me through. Professionally, CAVE helps me practice motivating and inspiring those around me. I learn new ways to create a positive environment and new ways to solve a problem. This is important as my career is to become a fitness instructor in grade school and college. I want my students to succeed in every way they can, and CAVE helps me prepare new ways to help others succeed.

What do YOU bring to the table in your role as a Coordinator at CAVE?
I bring smiles, motivation, and inspiration not only to my group leaders but to my volunteers as well. In my eyes a smile is the key to a positive environment, inspiration is the key to having a goal, and motivation is the key to succeeding in a goal. As long as I have these three keys I’ll always have access to a door of an adventurous and bright future. And, as long as I bring this to the table in my coordinator role, my group leaders, volunteers, and future students will have a wonderful pathway, too.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated StudentsĀ better prepare you for that path?
My career plan is to become a fitness instructor for grade school and college students around the world. Yes, that means I would love to travel while doing so. My job with the Associated Students helps me prepare for that by motivating, connecting, and inspiring others. Because of my job, I will know how to help my future students reach their full potential. I’m going to be such a fantastic instructor! Thank you, CAVE! And thank you, Associated Students for all that you do in helping students grow in our educational journey.