Alexis Smith

Youth Support Placement Student, Spotlight

What inspired you to volunteer? 
One of my greatest passions is helping young people and I was inspired by Spotlight’s mission from the beginning. The work they do there is phenomenal and I truly believed in the impact such a facility could have. It was a great way to learn more about how the nonprofit runs while getting that one on one mentor experience.

What is great about volunteering with Poplar HARCA?
Poplar HARCA runs a great volunteer program that I would recommend to anyone wanting a welcoming and reliable place to volunteer. It is organized, professional, and they help you in any way they can.

Do you think volunteering has helped you in any way on a personal level/career level? 
I truly believe volunteering at Spotlight affected me on a personal level. It granted me a perspective that could not have been gained elsewhere. It also gave me insight to new career ideas and ignited within me an even greater passion for young people.

Can you tell me about a memorable moment that happened during your volunteering time?
One of the most memorable moments was when I was helping a group of young girls work on an art project. They were asked to create a project based on someone who inspired them. A young girl asked me if she could do hers about me because nobody else had inspired her before. Never doubt your impact!

What is the one piece of advice you would give to future volunteers?
I would tell future volunteers to really soak up every moment, big or small. Don’t worry about your impact right away because as anything worthwhile, it takes time. Just invest your heart and energy and great things will happen!