Why I joined:
I discovered Literacy Initiative the summer before my freshmen year and soon decided to volunteer with the organization at a fundraiser. After only a matter of hours, the warm enviorment caused me to feel connected to this group of people I had never met before. Soon after, I began participating in the Books and Cookies program, providing free after school educational programming for economically disadvantaged students. Joining this program, I hoped to benefit lives of the students through teaching, but they taught me more than I ever could have expected. Through this program I got the opportunity to build friendships with younger students. I laughed at their jokes, helped them learn to love to read, and most importantly listened to their stories and supported them through difficult times. I have met some of the most remarkable people I have ever known through this program, and I am determined to do whatever I can to help them reach their full potential.