Volunteer Spotlight: Caitin Leahy
Meet Caitlin Leahy, a GirlTalk Workshop Volunteer and member of the We Are Girls Volunteer Leadership Committee!
1. How did you come to find out about GENaustin? How long have you been involved?
I found GENaustin on KUT’s “Get Involved” section. I had decided that my New Year’s resolution for 2012 would be to get more involved in the Austin community, so on January 1st, I sat down to look at some organizations. As I often joke, when I finally stumbled upon the entry, the heavens parted and the angels sang! I had my first training two weeks later, and the rest is history!
2. What do you like most about being a GENaustin volunteer?
I have a masters in media literacy, so the fact that components of GENaustin’s curriculum includes these learning styles is a huge draw for me. Most of my volunteer experience has been with the body image workshops, so I love the girls’ reactions when they see unedited photos of celebrities or models. I really enjoy seeing how enthusiastic they are to learn and especially love it when lessons “click”. Overall, I think because the mission aligns so well with my own personal beliefs, it’s really easy for me to be passionate and stay involved with the work that GENaustin does.
3. What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering with GENaustin?
Don’t hesitate! It’s a great way to encourage our future female leaders to communicate assertively, understand and build healthy relationships, and most importantly, love and appreciate themselves.