Jasmine Villa, Volunteer Spotlight

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Jasmine Villa:
Employer: VIVA! El Paso
Titles: PR and Marketing Chair, Technician, and the Properties Designer/Mistress
School: Graduate Student, MA Rhetoric and Writing Studies at UTEP. Graduated in 2011 with two BAs in English and American Literature, Chicano Studies, and a minor in Writing and Rhetoric.

1. What is your volunteer position? What volunteer projects have you helped with?
I’m currently the Program Coordinator for the Youth Editorial Advisory Board. I’ve been a Club Leader at the Ysleta Public Library and have assisted with the Latinitas Fashion Show and Spring Break Camp.

2. How long have you’ve been volunteering with Latinitas?
Since January and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it!

3. How did you become interested in volunteering for Latinitas?
A presentation was given in one of my classes. I wish I would’ve known about this organization sooner.

4. What has been your most rewarding experience as a volunteer?
My most rewarding experience is a tie between helping establish the Youth Editorial Advisory Board and my time as a Club Leader.

5. What do you like most about being a volunteer for Latinitas?
The camaraderie and impact Latinitas has on the community. Latinitas is a true support system and I am proud to be volunteering for this organization.

6. Why do you think supporting Latinitas is important?
Latinitas is important on numerous levels: it helps build self-esteem, teaches girls to be true to themselves, increase confidence, and, most importantly, helps empower local Latina youth through multimedia lessons. Latinitas is proof that you do not have to be a product of your environment or be molded to how society “thinks” teens should act, think, or be.

7. Describe your other volunteer experience and/or civic involvement.
I’m also a volunteer for BorderSenses, a non-profit literary organization.

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