Volunteer

“None of us made it on our own. Someone has given us that helpful nudge at some point. It’s important that you reach back and do the same for someone else," Miguel Guerra, Winner of the Daily Point of Light Award, said about why he makes mentoring and sharing his story with students a priority. January is National Mentoring Month and Lumity is taking the opportunity to highlight the value of mentoring and encourage more individuals to take the time to mentor a young person.

tistheseasonAs we get ready to give thanks, use your skills and give back! Lumity currently has a variety of great volunteer opportunities; sign up today to get started!     Help build capacity at Chicagoland nonprofits: Peace Corner | Technology Assessment & Review On-site (with virtual potential once project has begun), 5022 W Madison Looking for a volunteer to help implement turn-key based systems and advise them on potential hardware and software that will make them more innovative and efficient; Peace Corner has relatively new technology systems. Click here to sign up! Waukegan to College | Data Cleansing, Management & Transformation Assistance On-site (with virtual potential once project has begun), Waukegan, IL Waukegan to College is looking for a volunteer to advise them on moving their data from excel, word and paper to a web based data management system.  This data management system will help them be more effective and help their small staff spend more time working directly with students to help them get to college! Click here to sign up!

Miguel Guerra, a STEM talk speaker for Lumity’s college and career readiness program, was named the Daily Point of Light for Volunteer Pro Bono Week. Points of Light is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. [caption id="attachment_206" align="alignright" width="300"]Miguel spoke with young adults at a local technical college about careers in technology. Miguel spoke with young adults at a local technical college about careers in technology.[/caption]   Miguel graduated from Roger C. Sullivan High School in Rogers Park, Chicago and now works as a wireless consulting engineer at CDW. He is raising three children with his wife and still finds significant time to volunteer with the youth of Chicago. miguel3     Miguel began working with Lumity in 2013 to share his story with students with the hopes of providing guidance and inspiration. Miguel brings real world experience to youth between the ages of 14 and 24 (both in and out of high school) in diverse, underserved neighborhoods of Chicago. He gives students a view into the possibilities for their own lives, because they can see themselves in his story of growing up poor, being drawn into a gang and his successful effort to leave gang life behind and build an IT career that allows him to provide for a life he never dreamed possible when he was in high school. His efforts can help students see the value of breaking the cycle of drugs and violence.

This post was originally published on Built In Chicago. From teenagers starting high school to adults well past their intern days, job-seekers of all ages are offered a seemingly useless piece of advice: volunteer. But can volunteering really help build skills and provide a credible line on...