Students with global
|Receive Offers by voluntary activities
More than 250
held at their school, to find opportunities to volunteer.
"I am convinced that helping others is one of the most important things I can do," said Griselda Reinosa 18..
Reinosa who is finishing her last year in high school, works as a cashier in a restaurant, but she still wants
to make some time to lend a hand to those
"I think I’ll volunteer to First 5, because they provide services to many families in my community," said the young
woman after reviewing the programs of nearly
two dozen community organizations.
Captain George Kolarov,
explains that the volunteer work have a positive
impact on academic performance:
"Our school has a graduation rate above 70%," said the adviser, noting that students acquire valuable skills both
to continue their studies or when they join
"In addition to learning how to follow a schedule and meet a workload, the experience often helps them define what
they want to pursue in the future," said
Denise Arechiga, a sophomore from Banning, definitely wants to attend a culinary school when she graduates.
thinks volunteering for “Food Finders” is a good starting point for her.
"Unfortunately, many people in my community need help, so I'd like to dedicate to it at least a couple of days a week,"
Diana Lara, in charge of volunteer programs for the organization, said it received a great response from the students.
receives food from corporations and catering companies, markets, etc., who
donate their surplus.
"Yesterday for example we received a call warning that Skechers had canceled a major corporate event and could not
use all the food the company had purchased" Lara said, noting that they have 300 volunteers in the region, who pick up,
and deliver the
Vanessa Ramirez, one of the counselors at
complete at least 90 hours of volunteer work in
grades 10 and 12.
"While many look at options in this regard because of this mandate, most soon discover the call to help and end up doing
many more hours," Ramirez said.
The event, Community Service Expo was host by the nonprofit International Trade Education Program (ITEP) under the
slogan "Think Globally, Volunteer Locally”
"If we want a generation that is prepared to face international problems, they (students) have to start getting involved in
their communities," said Amy Grat,
executive director of ITEP.
Grat added that among the many benefits provided by the volunteer experience, it is the value added to the student’s resume.
"It's a very important factor that complements the skills and other qualifications at the time of obtaining scholarships or improving
the odds of being admitted to certain institutions," said Grat. As an example, Grat quoted the ITEP grant scholarships that require
For info on the ITEP Dinner March 23rd background on ITEP visit: http://www.itepinc.org/