Alumni Spotlight: Dwight and Amanda

Alumni Spotlight: Dwight and Amanda

October 9, 2018 News

Dwight and Amanda were both students in CfY and are now CfY Staff! Read more about their time in the program below.

Dwight Walton: 

I was involved with CFY for all 4 years of my High School Experience. Without a doubt I remember going out for 1:1s with my mentor the most. The first time I ever went out to a restaurant was with my mentor, and in turn, I went on my first date to that same restaurant.

CFY influenced me by making me a more confident public speaker – I had the opportunity to speak at CFY’s biggest fundraiser not once, but twice. Some of the things that I learned from CfY that have helped me when going into adulthood are public speaking, networking, and confidence. Going into college with confidence and knowing how to network was a great help because I don’t think I could have made as many friends and met people to help me without those skills.

I work with CFY now and I’m always down to help CfY in whatever way that I can. I decided to stay involved because I’ve always had a sense of community with CFY so I’ve always been willing to go the extra mile for the organization.

A goal I have is to create my own non-profit to help with at-risk youth and juveniles and do the same thing for them that Community for Youth did for me.  

Amanda Alvarado: 

I was involved with CfY for 2 years during my junior and senior year. Through CfY, I got positive adult relationships, a sense of community, paid opportunities, recommendation letters, advice from a caring adult, a confidence boost, and I got to attend different things such as college tours and going to meetings in career fields I was interested in. Now, in my adult years, I really value community, positive adult relationships, and giving back to young people because it impacted me greatly when I was a student to feel listened to, cared about, and valued. I’ve stayed connected and involved with CfY because I value our young people and the impact mentoring can have on youth who might not have a positive support system.

Currently, as you know, I am involved in Community for Youth as a staff member and I am refocusing a lot on my health, mental health, and fitness journey. Something I love to do in my spare time is dance. I love aerial arts and I hope to keep training and compete or do shows in the future.

My biggest future goal is becoming a homeowner, I want this so bad for my family. To me, this can mean not only financial freedom, but I know it’s difficult to try and be successful when you don’t have a stable home. So this goal is mostly for me and my younger brothers. As far as a future career (life after CFY), I am going to follow wherever my heart and passion takes me. I will probably always consider myself a youth worker or community advocate for young people despite my occupation. I always wanted to try working in the health or fitness field because that was one of my many passions and interests.

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