Anna came to us late last spring and attended our 44 hour Paraprofessional Anti- violence training in June 2014 and become a Peers Building Justice (PBJ) adult mentor. Over the last 7 months Anna’s contributions to SPAN and the PBJ program have grown exponentially. Anna has been super active and supportive of the PBJ Training Institute, a youth led afterschool group that focuses on social justice issues, raising awareness in our community and activism. She’s also been a huge help in teaching the PBJ violence prevention curriculum, working with the Boulder Youth Violence Prevention Committee and also doing administrative tasks. On top of all of that, this fall Anna went the extra mile and trained to become a Court Advocate as well!! Lucky us, Anna’s passion and commitment to volunteerism has greatly benefited not only the PBJ program but all of SPAN and MESA.
Please join me in celebrating Anna – our wonderful January 2015 Volunteer of the month!
Renee, the volunteer co-manager of the PBJ program interviewed Anna last week- keep reading to learn more about Anna’s awesome-ness.
Tell me a little about your background – where you’re from, family, work/education experience, anything you’d like to share here, really. I grew up in Newark, Delaware and attended the University of Connecticut where I received my undergraduate degree in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. I’ve been in Colorado for a little over a year now and I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to leave! Now I just need to convince all my friends and family to move out here and join me!
What is your favorite quote? My favorite quote of the moment is – “Revolution is not a one time event.” – Audre Lorde
What scent do you love? My favorite scents are old books, freshly peeled oranges and lavender.
What has been your best or most rewarding experience since becoming a volunteer for SPAN? My most rewarding experience volunteering with SPAN has been working with the Peers Building Justice Training Institute. I am so inspired by the enthusiasm, creativity and commitment our campus organizers show toward better understanding social justice issues and creating change through activism.