April's Volunteer of the Month

Sophie Kronick is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Environmental Earth Science and Educational Studies with a minor in Math. She has been volunteering with GGO for two years and is currently Treasurer of GGO at WashU. GGO asked Sophie the following questions to highlight her dedication and hard work.

Q: How did you initially get involved with the GGO?

A: I got recruited when I was a first year and I really loved the mission of GGO so I couldn’t wait to get involved!

Q: What was your most significant achievement as WashU’s GGO Treasurer?

A: I raised $600 for our WashU chapter through our hammock sale and secured over $14,000 in funding from WashU Student Union for next semester.

Q: What are you most excited about the future of GGO?

A: It has been awesome to see the program expand so rapidly in the last year and I’m excited to see it grow even more, impact more students, and reach more schools!

Q: Do you have a favorite experience or memory of your time as a volunteer?

A: I have been a mentor for the same group of students for the past 3 semesters. This year, the students were in 8th grade and a major focus of the program was to teach them leadership skills. On our most recent camping trip, it was amazing seeing them being leaders on the trip—helping lead activities for the 6th and 7th graders

Q: Why do you like volunteering with GGO?

A: I love to see the growth of the GGO students.  It is amazing to see them step outside of their comfort zone, learn, and have fun!!

Q: Do you have any advice for someone who is considering becoming a volunteer?

A: Do it! Become a mentor!! Programming with the kids is definitely a highlight each week—GGO has been such a huge part of my college experience so far and I’m so grateful for it

Nadav Sprague