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Each year, March of Dimes Team Youth honors our youth volunteers and advisors who have gone above and beyond their duties to show devotion and support of the March of Dimes mission in their local communities. Recipients of the 2011 Team Youth Awards are volunteers from across the nation who have furthered the March of Dimes mission.
I was lucky enough to sit down (virtually) with the 2011 March of Dimes Outstanding Chapter Youth Volunteer to discuss her passion and dedication for the March of Dimes. Annalisa Sega is an incoming sophomore at Southington High School in Connecticut and was named the Hartford County’s Outstanding Teen 2011 in the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Organization.
Annalisa, born prematurely at 31 weeks and weighing just 3 lbs 0.5 oz.,feels both blessed and honored to be recognized for such an high achievement from an organization she “owes her life to.
When she first started volunteering, Annalisa remembers, she wanted to give back to this amazing organization, but soon after she fell in love with the organization, the staff, and events. She even developed and executed her own event – an annual local Talent Show to benefit the March of Dimes that has welcomed a huge crowd, selling out tickets every year, since being implemented only three years ago.
She loves every experience the March of Dimes has given her and encourages all volunteers to find their passion and follow-through:
“Do something you love! If you love to bake, host a bake sale. If you love to perform, host a talent show. Keep going and don’t give up. Once you get rolling it’s the greatest time of your life.”
Annalisa’s favorite March of Dimes memory is her experience being at the
2008 March for Babies in Middletown, CT. That year, she participated with a group of 20 volunteers. During the event it started to downpour, but no one in her group stopped marching. As they reached the finish line, Annalisa noticed that cars filled with people holding March of Dimes signs stopped to watch them, the last team, cross the line. Despite the cold weather and the terrible weather conditions, everyone was smiling and excited to help this amazing organization.
As a youth volunteer, Annalisa feels the March of Dimes has helped her tremendously in preparing for the future in terms of health and education, and has given her the tools to inform and engage her peers. She knows the importance of practicing a healthy lifestyle and making good choices, because she and all youth volunteers are the parents of tomorrow.
For more information on the 2012 Team Youth Awards (nominations are due May 30, 2012) or about youth volunteer opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is your favorite part about being a youth volunteer?