Jamie currently still works for Souper Bowl of Caring, continues to chaperone the #NYAB meetings and train members on all of our technology, from the online resource center to social media. He also helps market the program by creating fun videos that help people better understand what our National Youth Advisory Board is.
What NYAB did you help out with?I've helped out in some capacity in all of the NYAB years. I'm usually around to help drive the bus or chaperone, and I've been known to magically appear when there's free pizza involved. Being in charge of multimedia means I also get to videotape speeches and shoot interviews with the kids.
What are you doing now?I'm still with Souper Bowl of Caring keeping the website running and coming up with fun multimedia projects.
What was is like to be part of the first steps of this program?The first steps of any program are always a little nerve-wracking. We didn't know what to expect from that first batch of kids, and we knew the kids must feel the same way about us. As the meeting went on, we both saw just how great a match this was going to be. It's wonderful when you try something new and it just clicks.
How do you feel about it still being around today?I couldn't be happier about NYAB! Souper Bowl of Caring was founded on the idea of empowering youth to make a difference, and NYAB is a vital part of that idea. It allows us to interact directly with youth from across the country and give them the tools they need to make a huge difference in their community.
Anything you'd like to tell future NYAB members?I've been fortunate enough to see many different years of NYAB come and go. Although Souper Bowl of Caring has grown and the staff running the meetings has changed, there are some things that stay the same from year to year. You see kids arrive who are nervous and unsure of themselves. Then you see those same kids leaving the meeting confident and energized. I would tell any future NYAB member to be excited for the opportunities ahead of them!
Final thoughts?Seeing the entire history of NYAB gives some great perspective on its lasting impact. You see the members go back to their hometowns and have a great year participating with Souper Bowl of Caring, which is great! However I find it's even more rewarding to see those same members grow into fantastic adults over the years. They're building skills and gaining experiences with NYAB that will stick with them the rest of their lives.