Major: Criminal Justice & Public Administration
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
Program Position: Site Supervisor | CAVE
How did you first get connected with Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE)?
As a freshman entering Chico State from southern California, I was hoping to get involved in the community. One thing I always tell potential volunteers at Chico State is that the City of Chico was kind enough to make a home for us during our college education, so the least we can do is volunteer within our local community. After a few weeks here, I needed more to do to assist me in adjusting to the college atmosphere. The current staff opened the doors to volunteering for me and I never looked back!
How would you describe your role with the Be the Change Program?
CAVE runs an after school style program for children at the Esplanade House. My role as a Site Supervisor with Be the Change boils down to serving as the connection between the kids and volunteers and the volunteers and CAVE. As a Site Supervisor I’ve learned that it is my duty to pay it forward to the volunteers and ensure they obtain a beneficial and rewarding volunteer experience. My time on site consists mostly of running around the property getting snacks, talking with parents, and making sure the kids and volunteers have what they need.
What does working at CAVE do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Personally – CAVE has introduced me to some of my closest friends in college. Having the ability to work for such an incredible organization, make friends, and make a difference all at the same time has been incredible. Professionally – Not many people can note they have experience in a professional office setting during college. At just 18 years old I was responsible for interviewing and selecting volunteers who were much older than I was. Academically – The very well known CAVE talks at the beginning of each semester have allowed me to network with hundreds of professors throughout my time at Chico State. I have ended up in classes where the professor was someone I have given a CAVE talk for. Having my foot in the door has allowed me to be mentored by incredible professors and staff.
What do YOU hope to bring to the table in your role at CAVE?
As a member of CAVE staff for nearly three years, I believe I have matured into a go-to person for those needing answers or guidance. I love to be the person who makes people smile in CAVE and always bring a positive and outgoing attitude to the office and the site. I love to see new volunteers and staff members get excited about what CAVE has to offer and see them mature through CAVE.
What are your career plans and how does your role with CAVE better prepare you for that path?
My career plans consist of finding work within the federal government in either the Department of Justice or Homeland Security or to work as a civilian in the United States military. I come from a military family and want to continue the tradition. At the same time my largest goal in life is to have a career which allows me to avoid sitting behind a desk from 9 to 5!