I was a Playing for Others teen from 2009-2011. I served on the Publicity Stunt Committee and as the co-chair of the first ever Children’s Book Committee. I was a part of the Visual Art Experience and was the Apple Cart Girl in 2011’s “The Pied Piper”. I learned some of the most valuable life lessons in my time as a PFO teen, made lifelong friends and made a significant difference in my community.

When I graduated from PFO I took a year off and served with the AmeriCorps program, City Year, in Washington DC. City Year sends 18-24 year olds into inner-city schools to act as tutors, mentors and role models to students enrolled in the school. I worked in an 8th grade class and worked after school programing with elementary and middle schoolers. When I graduated from City Year I moved back home and enrolled in classes at CPCC. In the fall of 2013 I began my internship with Playing for Others and rediscovered my love for the program and what it has to offer Charlotte area teenagers. I officially joined the staff in 2014 as the office assistant, assistant Cookbook advisor, and assistant Visual Art Experience advisor.

My time working with PFO has been the most eye-opening and rewarding experiences ever. Again, I am making a significant difference in my community while learning all about the non-profit world. I think the most important thing that has happened to me though, while working for PFO, is that I have been reminded of who I am and how I can give of that. I am kind. I am giving. I am a role model. I can give of that by being a leader, a constant source of love, and someone for the PFO teens to look up to. Working for Playing for Others has been an unexpected adventure so far and I can’t wait to see what else Playing for Others has in store for me!

What was your favorite event?
Art Buddy Event!

What did you learn in PFO that still impacts you today?
I learned that people are people, no matter their race, sexuality, gender, or ableness.

 

What are you passionate about now?
Chocolate milk, photography, reading, The Wombats, funny voices, raspberries, funny people, happiness, sculpture, greeting cards, mustaches, Junie B. Jones, stars,  being a role model, T-Shirt McGuinness, singing loudly, painting, movies, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, dancing, family, sharpies, flowers, salmon salads, comfy pillows, sweet tea, art, clouds, french fries, heavily instrumental music, fireworks, equality, friendship, laughter.