Tell us about yourself.
I am an El Paso native. I have about 7 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. I worked as a parent educator with the Parents as Teachers program before switching over to my current position as Education and Career Coordinator/VISTA Leader. I am a strong believer in community service, and community engagement. Our community connects us and gives us a sense of place and belonging. Living in a community means being a part of something bigger than oneself and investing our time, energy, and talents into a collective vision.
Give us a description of what you do for United Way.
It is my job to work with United Way partners to build the capacity of the education and economic development programs, specifically to address the opportunities of youth who are between 16 and 24 years of age, living in the county and do not attend school or work. I work to connect individuals to resources such as job readiness, job training, and support programs in coordination with the Parents as Teachers program.
Why is this work so important to our community?
Empowering families offers us the opportunity to impact our community as a whole. Our goal is to give our families the tools to be self-sufficient and to access job readiness and skill building programs.
What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at United Way?
I have learned firsthand how resilient, creative, inspiring, motivated, hardworking, dedicated and empathetic the people in our community really are. We live in a culturally beautiful and diverse community. I love our El Paso peeps.
Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the United Way team.
“Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook, and broadens our perspective.”
― Germany Kent