Why did you decide to become a team leader?
I looked at my team leader and I began thinking that I could do that as well. I just feel like sometimes we hold ourselves back, by not trying to do something. Of course I was scared in the beginning, but I also knew that I would be making a difference in someone else’s life. I think that not knowing how to do something shouldn’t be reason for us not to take chances.
What inspires you to continue your work both as a volunteer and as a Team Leader?
I love being a volunteer and a Team Leader. I really don't see it being a choice. It is a lot of work and I have to remember to take off the Team Leader hat when I am volunteering. (Especially since I volunteer and Team Lead under the same program, SAT Prep). But I love helping others and I also love the role of leadership. As a Team Leader I can help move the program in a certain direction. I am constantly learning from my team and it helps me to be a better team player, volunteer and leader.
What has been the greatest reward as a volunteer with New York Cares?
I think that my greatest reward is being able to see other volunteers know that they are doing a good job. I want volunteers to know that they have been making an impact on someone else’s life.