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WHY I VOLUNTEER
Watts, California and is an all-boys school with a college

they see what other people outside of the everyday staff

and career preliminary platform called the Corporate

have done for them, my heart glows with happiness. We

Work Study Program. This school provides a corporate

dance, eat, play BINGO, and enjoy the ever so popular

internship, allowing these young men, who live in an

chocolate fountain. In addition, to follow up as a token

extremely difficult neighborhood, to prepare for a more

of gratitude, the children from Vista Del Mar pay Katten

prosperous and fruitful future. Two students from each

a visit as carolers for the holidays.

15%

grade come to Katten throughout the week during the
school year and experience what it is like to work full time

The future of volunteerism is in the hands future

in the professional field. One of our graduating seniors

generations. It is incredibly important to me to

claimed that even his other family members still have

share this love I have for volunteer work with my peers,

trouble understanding as they say,

staff, children, and grandchildren, so that the recipe for
compassion can be shared with others and

"You work where? But how?". With a 100% college

passed down.

acceptance rate and a 95% acceptance to four-year
colleges, I am proud to be a mentor to these young men,

My mother used her light to shine positivity and hope

helping them develop the skills they otherwise would not

into my life and the lives of others like a candle. Her

get from a normal public school. I marvel in watching

candle was always burning, and no matter how many

them grow from shy and timid boys to dedicated and

other candles she lit with her own, it never diminished.

sharp young gentlemen.

It is as if her light came from a higher power. She
enlightened me with the determination to show others

As part of the Chapter Membership Team at GLA ALA,

this extraordinary feeling. The best medicine in the

I am also an advocate for the Expanding Horizons

world does not compare to how helping another in need

Internship Program for the Constitutional Rights

makes you feel about yourself. If you don't feel good,

Foundation, which hand-selects one student to mentor

go out, volunteer, and watch your soul catch on fire. n

and work with for three weeks during the summer. This
program provides accelerated experiences to develop
skill sets and personal growth to help prepare collegebound high school students. There is nothing more
rewarding than to know that you have made a lasting
impression in the life of a young adult as they become the

Tanya Russell

Director of Office Administration, California
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
tanya.russell@kattenlaw.com
(310) 788-4766

leaders of tomorrow.
Every year I also help host an annual holiday party for
at-risk children at Vista Del Mar. Vista offers innovative
solutions for youngsters who will most likely age out of
the foster care system or suffer from a mental illness,
and provides services without regard to challenging
backgrounds. This incredible organization provides
housing and education for children who have faced
challenges that we cannot even begin to comprehend,
which is why we insist on hosting the annual Vista Del
Mar Holiday Party with fellow Katten volunteers. As I see
the kids' smiles when they enter the gymnasium, and

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