Service has always been a very important part of Johana’s life. She has volunteered with The 6th Branch in Baltimore and the Police Activity League in Frederick, where she helped students with homework and led fun activities. A recent graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University, Johana plans to attend graduate school, but is thrilled to participate in national service first.
When she learned about the opportunity to serve as Volunteer Maryland Coordinator with Education Based Latino Outreach (EBLO), Johana knew it was the right fit. Johana is originally from Ecuador, and appreciates how hard it can be to learn a second language. She also recognizes the important role teachers and other resources play in helping students develop language proficiency. The more she learned about EBLO and how it helps Latino youth and their families, the surer she was that she could make a difference for students the way others had made a difference for her.
During the service year, Johana hopes to help EBLO to develop a strong volunteer program. She also hopes to gain professional skills, develop a wider network, and learn more about the nonprofit world. Johana’s long-term goal is to become a social worker, and she knows this position will give her an excellent foundation for that profession.