#21: Volunteer

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#21 on my list of 26 Before 26 is to volunteer. At meaningful places, local races, etc. I’m registered to volunteer at a few local races this spring, but over the weekend I was fortunate to volunteer for the third year at an “Expanding Your Horizons” event; a day conference for middle school girls to excite and encourage them to study math and science.

As a “college guide” I was in charge of a small group of gals. We went to three different workshops to learn about various science/math related careers. We had a blast!

At the first workshop, titled “Create-Construct-Inspire!” the girls learned about architecture. And they got to build their own 3D models of various structures, inspired by abstract art.

At the second workshop, “Wildlife 101“, we learned how wildlife experts track animals using radio telemetry. Then we got to meet (and pet!) Vern the Skink…
and Beetles the Hedgehog…
The girls loved that. So did I :)

During our third and final workshop “Snow in the Mountains, Water in the Fountains“, the girls learned about the importance of water conservation, snow melt, and how we in Colorado get our drinking water from the mountains.

The best part of the day is getting to hang out with young minds, and hear why they are interested in science. These girls are only in 6-8th grades, and when asked what they want to do when they grow up, many confidently exclaimed “genetic engineering!” or “marine biology!” or “architecture!”. I love that. We gotta get more young girls interested like these in science.

And I was happy to volunteer at such an event. It was a great day :)

Have you ever volunteered? Where at?
When you were young, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. What a great event to take part in–love that you are such a great role model for these girls! Hopefully you touched many of their lives and inspired them to consider science later on.

    I volunteer in several areas here–I serve on my running club’s board, serve on my church’s outreach committee, and volunteer at my kids’ school regularly. I have been blessed with a good life and feel it’s my responsibility to give back in some way.

    1. Efo says:

      That’s a beautiful philosophy to life. I love that you volunteer at so many places… they’re very lucky to have your help!

  2. iampotassium says:

    I loved Expanding Your Horizons when I was their age. I took a “vet” one once and we got to learn how to give “vaccines” (water in a syringe) to pet oranges (yes like the fruit). Haha… It was totally inspiring though. I think it would be really cool to be on the other side and help young kids today enjoy that sort of stuff…

    1. Efo says:

      That is SO cool! It’s great to hear that you remember attending an Expanding Your Horizons event, and even giving the orange a water vaccine. It’s awesome to hear these memories will (hopefully) stick with the girls I worked with over the weekend :)

  3. Lisa says:

    I volunteer at a local road race, where the proceeds to go to Melanoma research and to a high school scholarship. The company I just joined encourages us to use 52 work hours (like, as in Mon-Fri) per year for volunteerism. Never heard such a great thing and can’t wait to participate!

  4. courtney says:

    efo you are such a wonderful role model! i’m so happy that you got to do this!! volunteering creates such a wonderful feeling & is a great way to help impact somebody’s life in a positive way!

    I’ll share my volunteer story with you next time we catch up!

    && I wanted to be a ballerina or a rockette. both great dreams, however i couldn’t be happier with the road i ended up taking in life.

  5. Cheryl says:

    As someone who is old enough to remember when girls were steered away from science and math classes in junior high and high school, I’m so happy you are volunteering to help peak girls’ interest in the sciences and that they have this opportunity! As you can tell by the other comments, the weekend spent with you will have a very positive impact on them. Well done!

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