Congratulations to Alyssa Barrett, a Youth Volunteer with YVC of Western Connecticut, who was named the 2015 recipient of the Don and Jean Sloan Scholarship!
Alyssa has served more than 130 hours with YVC and also volunteers at other local school and community organizations like National Honor Society. She serves as YVC of Western Connecticut’s Youth Advisory Board President, where she facilitates their meetings and helps plan special projects. She is also a current member of YVC’s International Youth Advisory Board.
“YVC has made me realize that there are people who aren’t as fortunate as we are and need a lot of help,” Alyssa says. “It’s made me a better person, and it’s given me a lot of skills I need for the rest of my life.”
Alyssa has served on all kinds of projects with YVC of Western Connecticut. As YAB President, she led efforts to plan and coordinate a project placing flags around a local memorial on 9/11. Another favorite YVC memory was building a bridge at a nature center for inner city kids—they had to hike a mile into the forest while carrying wood just to get to the project site!
Alyssa will be attending New York University this fall in their Liberal Studies Core Program and eventually majoring in Global Studies. She plans to continue volunteering there and has applied to be a volunteer who reads to children at public schools.
After college she hopes to work for an organization dedicated to helping families in China and India and educate about contraception, abortion and adoption to help reduce the stigma against having female babies.
Thanks, Alyssa, for all your service to your community, and congratulations on the scholarship!
The Don and Jean Sloan Scholarship is available each year for YVC Youth Volunteers. The application for the 2016 scholarship will be available in February 2016.