Maya was nominated by one of our AmeriCorps VISTA members who interviewed her for an Iowa Mentoring Partnership feature story.
Tell us a little about the volunteer:
-Senior at Roosevelt High School
-Has volunteered one hour a week to read to children since 2016
-Participated in an Everybody Wins! Iowa Power Read program at Hope Lutheran in Des Moines
-Achieved her Gold Star award, the highest honor for a Girl Scout by starting an Everybody Wins! Iowa Power Read program at Roosevelt High School
-Fundraised over $6,000 to begin an Everybody Wins! Iowa Power Read Program at Hubbell Elementary that started in October of 2017
Maya Miller went to Hubbell Elementary when she was a kid. Now she volunteers at an Everybody Wins! Iowa Power Read program at the school, a program that might not exist if it weren’t for her ambition and drive. When she learned that it would not be possible to launch a reading program at Hubbell Elementary because there was not enough funding, she took did not let that discourage her.
What is the primary (one or two) organization(s) they serve?
Everybody Wins! Iowa, 2 years
Why does this volunteer deserve to be recognized with a 50 Faces of Volunteers spotlight?
Instead of allowing herself to give up on the dream of bringing a Power Read program to Hubbell Elementary, she was dedicated to seeing the project through and successfully raised the funds to do so. The proceeds helped to fund books used to read with students, the book cart, materials to make reading journals and literacy kits, and an AmeriCorps member to serve as a site supervisor – all thanks to Maya’s persistence.
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