How did you first become involved with Swift Youth Foundation?
I started as a counselor at Camp Swift in 2003. I was signed up to go in 2002, however that was the year of the wildfires and camp was cancelled. I continued to volunteer with Swift through High School, College, and into my career post graduation. I eventually joined the Swift staff in 2016.
Why did you decide to more deeply support Swift and join the Swift Staff?
I decided to join the staff of Swift because I believe in the mission and hope to grow our organization to serve more of Arizona’s youth. Did you know that approximately 23% of kids in Arizona are growing up in poverty? Through the work we do at Swift, I believe we can improve our community by providing opportunities to help youth and teens reach their full potential.
When talking about Swift, what are you most excited to tell others about?
The impact it has on those who participate and volunteer. Swift has not only had a positive impact on others, but on myself as well. From influencing my choice of majors in college to meeting my soon to be wife, Swift has made played an important role. As Swift continues to grow, I look forward to seeing all the different impacts we can make for the youth and teens in our community.
What is your favorite Swift program and why?
I can't choose just one. I love working with the teen volunteers through Team Swift and our high school clubs to help support the organization. Seeing the impact we have on the youth participants at Camp Swift and Swift After School is extremely gratifying. Not just in their feedback, but in the data too. Furthermore, watching the amazing work our volunteers accomplish to support all the programs is also a favorite of mine.
At Camp Swift, are you Team Grilled Cheese or Team Tomato Soup?
I started as a member of Team Grilled Cheese, but due to an ongoing lactose dispute, I’ve been traded to Team Tomato Soup. While I love my current team, Team Grilled Cheese will always have a place in my heart.
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