Alexander Smith served with YVC of Kansas City from 2019-2014. He is currently a senior at New York University studying History and Communication. We caught up with Alexander and asked him a few questions on how volunteering with Youth Volunteer Corps has shaped his life.
What is one of your favorite memories as a member of YVC?
Attending the YVC Summit in Kansas City was a wonderful experience. I had the unique opportunity to connect with members of the Youth Advisory Board, listen to incredible panelists, and meet volunteers from across the country. The summit reinforced my passion for service, while simultaneously highlighting the dedication and fortitude of young volunteers. To this day, I still stay in touch with summit participants, fellow YVCKC volunteers, and members of the Kansas City advisory board.
How did being a member of YVC affect your life/career path?
YVC helped catalyze my passion for public service and civic engagement. Now a senior at NYU, I feel these passions have been emulated in my person, professional, and academic endeavors.
What is one of your biggest life events from the past 5 years?
I interned at the Obama White House in the Spring of 2016. I worked full-time and had the opportunity to meet First Lady Michelle Obama, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Vice President Joe Biden, and President Barack Obama during my internship. It was an incredible experience and remarkable to work alongside talented staffers and managers.
What’s a unique fact about you that people don’t know?
I have a twin sister (who also did YVC with me)!
Is there anything you want YVC alumni to know about you now?
It has been wonderful to stay in touch with YVCKC volunteers and see what projects everyone is working on! It’s incredibly motivating and reassuring to know YVC alumni are pursuing their passion.
Thank you to Alexander for taking the time to speak with us and share more about his life and how YVC has helped him find his path.
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