Why I work at Impact on Education:
As a 2017 graduate of Fairview High School, I have always wanted to both give back and make a positive change in the community that taught me so much. I started volunteering with Impact on Education in middle school- I stuffed backpacks for Crayons to Calculators with my Uncle Blake, who was always passionate about the work we do here. I continued volunteering with our organization throughout my high school career, and was thrilled when I had the opportunity to join our Special Events Committee as a Senior at the University of Denver. This opportunity granted me incredible connections with the Impact on Education staff and I could not wait to apply for our intern position. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn critical skills and make a difference at Impact on Education! I believe that my education through the BVSD community and beyond has both prepared me for, and provided avenues to be a successful and impactful member of our community. Our organization ensures that students have the privilege and opportunity to be educated in such a supportive learning community that I did!
What makes me smile:
Aside from my academic classes, spending time with my friends and partner makes me smile more than anything (and of course my hermit crab, Rufus)! During the pandemic I have started quite an awesome plant collection which is starting to take over my apartment, but absolutely makes me smile.
The importance of education:
My classes at the University of Denver are incredibly fascinating and I love being able to take upper division Psychology and Sociology courses. These classes allow me to contemplate the socially constructed facets of our society through a critical lens. I am able to complete work alongside my Professors to understand social equity and routes to make our society more equitable for marginalized individuals. This has always been something I am passionate about working with and has given me an incredible toolkit to be a positive influence when I graduate and begin a career in social work and victim advocacy.
More about me:
When I was a middle schooler at Nevin Platt Middle School, I was able to work with the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and created an annual fundraising event to raise money for breast cancer research. I was also lucky enough to participate in the Avon Walk from age ten to seventeen and raise almost $35,000. These experiences volunteering made me realize that I wanted to spend my life and future career helping others. Working at Impact on Education has been a great avenue to start effecting change and helping others.