Taking a break from rock Climbing, Lellisse snaps a selfie with youth from our 2016 Summer Youth engagement program.

Taking a break from rock Climbing, Lellisse snaps a selfie with youth from our 2016 Summer Youth engagement program.

Lellisse, a senior at UW, has volunteered in the After School and Summer Youth Engagement Programs for over a year. 

1. Why do you volunteer at HOAS? 

"I have come to really like all of the students at HOAS and I want to see them do well in school now and in preparation for their futures. Tutoring provides me with the active role of enabling them to be better students!

3. What has been the most rewarding part of volunteering at HOAS?

"I would say the Summer Youth Program was pretty rewarding because the kids all got to try new outdoor/physical activities that had never been accessible to them and that they had never done before and ended up either being really good at it or just loving it and wanting to do it again!"

2. What were some of the challenges you've faced while volunteering at HOAS?

"Getting stumped by questions. Sometimes everything that grownups do doesn’t really make sense or have a logical explanation."

4. Will you share a funny anecdote or story about your volunteering experience?

"We had so much fun during the summer when we went swimming at the Rainier Beach Community Center, when we went to the aquarium as well as when we went hiking, but sometimes we have fun just getting homework done at the Neighborhood House. Just the other week [one student] was giving me a great summary of the book he was almost finished reading and it was fun for me to see how excited he was about this book (and the entire series).

5. Do you see yourself continuing to work with youth or continuing to do nonprofit work in the future?

"Absolutely. Giving back to the community is rewarding for everyone. I see that I am making a positive impact and that is what I want to continue to do.

6. What's one suggestion you have for new volunteers?

"Try to get to know the kids and tell them things about yourself. They are always interested!