Sunday, December 6, 2009

Staff Spotlight: Claudia Escobar-Lopez

What originally began as a move to be more involved in her community, Latinitas' resident volunteer, Claudia Escobar, has now switched roles to an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) member within the organization.

As a VISTA, Claudia is now responsible for organizing after-school programs, club leaders, volunteers, building the club curriculum, and spear-heading the volunteer training.

"I began with working with Latinitas last year as a club mentor and then became a club leader at Clardy Fox and Judge Marquez Libraries,"Claudia said.

Claudia received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology this summer and wanted a way to continue to serve the Latina youth full-time.

"I wanted to stay involved but at the same time find a way to be able to support myself," Claudia said.

With the help of Latinitas co-founder Alicia Rascon and a collaboration with AmeriCorps, Claudia is now able to continue her passion to give to her community and "empower and inspire Latinitas by creating a culturally and language-sensitive club curriculum," Claudia said.

Currently, Claudia is working on adding more bilingual content for the clubs and organization materials.

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