Q&A with Maggie Swenson, YVC’s Administrative Coordinator
Tell us about your background and what led you to YVC.
I recently graduated from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. I majored in Psychology, Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry, and Nonprofit Leadership. After serving in several internships with nonprofit organizations in Kansas City, I knew I had found my purpose in life. I have a passion to make a difference in the world. YVC was a natural fit because this organization is making a difference on a daily basis!
What drew you to join the YVC team?
Several things drew me to YVC. The first thing that caught my eye was the mission of the organization. I volunteered a lot from the age 11-18, and it completely changed me for the better. I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that instills the value of service in young people. When I met the team, a couple other things stood out to me. I can tell that YVC has a staff that is passionate about the mission and supportive of one another, and that is exactly what I was looking for in an organization.
What are you most excited about in your role with YVC?
I am excited about so many things, but I think working with the YVC team is at the top of the list. I can already tell that this is a group of people that collaborates well and listens to one another. I am looking forward to learning and contributing at YVC and working together to further the mission.
Why do you think volunteerism is important?
Volunteering is a way to become more connected with the world and create an impact. It is easy to get caught up in yourself, but when you volunteer you realize that life isn’t about you as an individual. Life is about the relationships you make, the change you create, and the legacy you leave. Volunteering simultaneously inspires you to live this way and gives you a practical way to do so.
What kinds of things do you like to do in your free time?
I love to be outside, especially to run! I competed in track for nine years, so running and working out have always been a very important part of my life. I really enjoy reading; short stories by classic authors are my favorite. I love to travel to new places and experience new cultures, especially with my family. I also spend a lot of my free time volunteering in the Kansas City community.
If you could travel to the city where any YVC Affiliate is located, where would you pick?
Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I have been meaning to visit Louisiana!