Q: Why did you want to become a Notre Dame AmeriCorps Member?
riding a bike across the country, raising money and awareness for affordable housing with the nonprofit Bike & Build, I worked with City Year in New Orleans. Being there helped me realize how unique, important, and critical education is, especially in a community lacking resources. I left New Orleans unsettled and confused, but wanting to become more involved. Within a week of being back in Colorado, I reached out to Elyana to see if there was a chance IHDF was recruiting Notre Dame AmeriCorps members, and I have been hooked into to this work ever since.
Q: What do your Dreamer Scholars teach you?
Goodness…without a doubt patience, but in the best way possible. They slow everything down for me and really help me to appreciate the little things in life. They also help me realize the importance of having a community to build on and trust.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do with Dreamer Scholars?
Getting to go on overnight camping trips with them and seeing them completely out of their element and surrounded by nature. It’s inspiring to get to support students when they’re totally outside of their comfort zone, with their defenses down, learning from new experiences. I get to see the child in them and witness how they grow from taking risks!