Greg Brazil

Major: History Pre-Credential
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Class: Junior
Program Position: Group Leader for Helping Hands | Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE)

How did you first get connected with Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE)?
I actually did not know a whole lot about CAVE until my sophomore year. A friend of mine had been a part of CAVE for a while and convinced me to volunteer through the program Special Pals. I had such a great time working with the kids that I knew I wanted to have a larger role at CAVE.

How would you describe your role as a Group Leader at CAVE?
My role as a group leader requires me to conduct interviews of potential volunteers as well manage volunteers, answering any questions they may have and helping them complete their required hours.

What does working for CAVE do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Before CAVE I was only on campus if I had class. I did not feel involved or like I had a place on campus. Working for CAVE has allowed me to branch out and meet the most amazing people. Also because the program I am involved in and volunteered through allowed me to get “in class” experience with children, which is great because I want to go into teaching.

What do YOU hope to bring to the table in your role as a CAVE Group Leader?
I hope to bring enthusiasm and a smiling face to the office, not that it’s in short supply or anything. I want those around me whether they’re my peers in the office or my volunteers out at their sites to see how much I love what I do and hopefully they find it contagious.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated StudentsĀ better prepare you for that path?
I want to go into teaching high school history! I have always been passionate about becoming a teacher and my role at CAVE has only cemented that goal. CAVE has allowed me the opportunity to work with children in a classroom setting. Working with different age groups has allowed me to gain new insights as to what it means to be an effective teacher.