Volunteers of the Month: June 2017

From 826LA at Manual Arts: 
Steff was born and raised in Los Angeles. She enjoys working with others, learning new skills, Special Olympics and reading. Volunteering provides a way of giving back and helping others find their voices. She encourages others to do their best and enjoy the experience. Steff has supported programs at Manual Arts High School, including the Great LA Personal Statement Weekend and Scholarship Day. She has a great assortment of hats.


From 826LA in Echo Park:
Kathryn lives in Echo Park and loves suadero tacos with extra salsa verde. She is an artist and printmaker, a sometimes music writer, and a museum preparator who installs exhibitions at museums like The Broad, The Autry, and MOCA. Museum work requires her to be both creative and technical: skills that keep her sharp for tutoring. Originally from New Haven, CT she lived in Oregon and Arizona before making Los Angeles her home.

You can usually find Kathryn at Tuesday-Thursday Night Tutoring supporting students with Math at Table #6 (a.k.a. the English Muffin Table), and encouraging other tutors  that they don’t need to be a math whiz or a rocket scientist to help 826LA students, a few dusty memories of high school math will usually get the job done. Kathryn has been tutoring at 826LA since 2009 helping with AST, TNT, ELL Camp and the summer Journalism Workshop.

From 826LA in Mar Vista:
Olivia Tai recently became certified as an emergency medical technician and looks forward to working on an ambulance for 9-1-1 dispatch. It’s the next step on her way to becoming a physician after a period of self-doubt paused her medical career. Tutoring students through In-School personal statement writing workshops allows her to empower other students from first-generation immigrant families and help them conquer the college admissions process. Something she’ll soon be tackling again when she applies to medical school.

Olivia’s dedicated to the pursuit of social justice for all inequalities, currently focusing on LGBTQQIA+ healthcare equality, bipolar awareness, and bi+ erasure. She also volunteers as a trustee for the Cornell University LGBT Alumni Association (CUGALA). Other interests include drag culture, enamel pin collecting, biomedical illustration, family history research, and Instagram.

To check out last month’s amazing volunteers, click here.

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