A Moment With Laura
Our Enrollment and Match Support Coodinator
What made you want to work with BBBS?
When I was a graduate assistant, I worked in youth & family programs. I absolutely loved my experience and I missed it. I wanted to move back toward working in that area. I was lucky that the job position opened up when I needed it!
What is your favorite part of your job as a Program Coordinator?
I love many aspects of my job. My favorite things are interviewing children, volunteers, and matching them. Regardless of how many times I ask the same questions, I constantly get new answers from the children that are always entertaining.
I love getting to know the volunteers. The type of people that come into the program wanting to volunteer to be Bigs are absolutely incredible. I am honored that they share their life story with me and I get to learn from them.
After that, I truly enjoy the Big and Little meeting each other for the first time. When they are matched, they are both excited to meet each other and a little shy. It is wonderful to see them both grow together in such a short period of time.
Can you talk about a mentor that you had growing up?
I had many mentors growing up that invested their time and effort and impacted me in different ways. One of my early mentors was a middle school teacher named Mrs. M. She was also my track and cross country coach. She was always a strong female role model that was positive and encouraging during my middle school and high school years.
About a year ago, I wrote her a letter about how much I admired her character and looked up to her growing up. She wrote a letter back. She has two twin girls and she wrote that she hopes they grow up to be like me.
That statement has had a profound impact on my outlook for the future and the way I live my life. I want those girls to have amazing opportunities, a fulfilling life, and reach their full potential. I want the absolute best for them. I don't want them to miss out on a second of having a life that they love and achieving their dreams. Not only did Mrs. M have a positive impact on my life, but her daughters have too. I want to live as a role model that empowers the girls to be anything they want to be and live a life that they love.
Laura is a passionate employee that cares a lot for other people. Her work in the organization is vital to the success of Big Brothers Big Sisters' mission: changing the lives for the better, forever. We are lucky to have her brilliant mind on our team. Thank you so much, Laura!