Please join us in congratulating April Hayter de Lopez - Words Alive Volunteer of the Month for November!
April started with Words Alive in 2012 as a reader in our Read Aloud Program. She then transitioned to the Adolescent Book Group (ABG) program. For the past three years, April has successfully volunteered in North county sites to facilitate the book group, and has led both volunteer teams and students to have an amazing experience with the program!
April is the lead volunteer at Innovations Academy of Empowerment, where the book group meets every other week. She is a positive and motivating force who keeps her volunteer team and their sessions on track. She is always open to trying new ideas to increase student engagement. Thanks for all you do to make our program successful!
Check out the Volunteer of the Month Interview with April below:
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is April Hayter de Lopez. I am starting my third year at Words Alive. I love to read and have been in a book group for many years. In fact, members of my book group are the ones who got me interested in Words Alive. I really love to be with kids, so when my own went off to college, Words Alive gave me the perfect opportunity to continue to connect with teens. I work with the elderly as a social worker, so I feel privileged to work with people on both ends of the age spectrum.
What is the most rewarding part of your volunteer role(s)?
The most rewarding part of volunteering for me is when I'm talking with a teen and feel a spark, an interest between us, as we discuss books and life. I am excited when someone who doesn't particularly like reading gets hooked into a story and wants to read ahead. When a teen can relate to the story or to a character from their own life, it is wonderful.
What have you been reading lately?
I am currently reading An Unquiet Mind by Kay Jamison, and Feed by M T Anderson.