Noreen Ahmed, our VISTA Volunteer: YouthBuild, has recently renewed her commitment with Mile High Youth Corps for another year. We’re excited about Noreen’s continued contribution to MHYC, and we thought we’d interview her to find out more about her plans. Her responses are below:
What attracted you to apply for a job with MHYC?
I had heard from a previous employer that MHYC was an amazing organization (one that they had replicated the Energy & Water program from). I was also familiar with the YouthBuild program and its impact on youth nationally.
Describe your role at MHYC.
I develop much of the curriculum to assist Corpsmembers with passing the GED and also learn other life skills. Additionally, I assist with post-secondary education (PSE) initiatives and help organize events and meetings to keep alumni engaged. I also plan and implement the agency-wide service project for MLK Day in January.
What’s the biggest challenge you face in your current role?
It’s challenging to figure out how to create projects that are engaging but also effective in helping Corpsmembers pass the GED.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
The process of creating something that is both engaging and effective, while challenging, is also the most rewarding part of the job.
What made you decide to continue on with MHYC for an additional year?
My year here has reaffirmed that the values and strategies of this organization align with my own. Their methods of empowering youth involve being as genuine with them as possible. The positive environment and the utmost dedication displayed by staff make it a place that I am proud to continue a second VISTA term in.
What are your plans for after your term is up?
I have been considering going to grad school to pursue Public Policy with a focus on education. Alternatively, I may continue to pursue development work either in Denver or perhaps somewhere new!
What are you looking forward to the most about your second term? What are you the most excited about?
We plan to have some more post-secondary education initiatives beginning for the new year. I think this is a vital piece to the program and I’m excited to see how we can ramp it up this year!