Volunteers of the Month: May 2018

From 826LA in Echo Park

Name: Evelyn “Evi” Ellias
Hometown: Cambridge, MA / the sunny side of the moon
Occupation: Production designer / dream maker

Favorite 826LA moment(s) with students? Oh there are so many! Maybe the time one of our 3rd grade field trippers told us he wanted to share something “age appropriate.”

What fictional place would you most like to go? I am truly dying to go to the Atlantis. Just cant wait to meet all those ancient mermaids…

From 826LA at Manual Arts

Name: Yvette Lopez
Hometown: Simi Valley, California
Occupation: Student at USC, studying Computer Science

Favorite 826LA moment(s) with students? My favorite moments were always encouraging the students to go to college! I noticed that most of the students I worked with were the first in their family to try to get a higher education – this is the same for me. When I was in their shoes, I remember being completely blindsided by the college application process, and I was never completely certain I was doing the right thing. Now, I’ve been able to shed some light on any doubts the students might have about college. Best of all, I get to assure them that if I can get this far, then they can, too.

What fictional place would you most like to go? I’ve heard Hogwarts is nice this time of year.

From 826LA in Mar Vista

Name: Cassie Ciopryna
Hometown: East Haven, Connecticut
Occupation: Content Writer

Favorite 826LA moment(s) with students? I love watching all of the students read their newspaper articles and answer questions at the release party we have at the end of each journalism cycle. Sometimes they surprise me with the topics they choose and their responses to our questions while they are on the panel – in a great way, of course!

What fictional place would you most like to go? I’d love to go to Hogwarts! I know that Universal Studios has created a mock-up of it, but I’d like to really dive into the Harry Potter books. I want to receive my letter that I have special powers, attend school there, learn magic, and ride around on broomsticks! I wouldn’t want to have a run in with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named though, of course.

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