Volunteer Spotlight – Kayla Darcey

kaylaName: Kayla Darcey
Age: 24
Occupation: Account Manager at eMarketer

Years Served at TRUE Mentors: 6 months

What is your favorite book? I love The Secret by Rohnda Byrne – I try to read it at least once a year.
Favorite Movie? 
 I’m not much of a movie person, but I’m a huge fan of The Parent Trap (’98 version.
Favorite Quote? I have SO many favorite quotes, but I love the mantra “The goal isn’t to live forever, but to create something that will”

When did you first get involved with TRUE Mentors and why?
I moved to Hoboken earlier this year and wanted to get involved with a volunteer opportunity. TRUE Mentors stood out as an organization, and I wanted to get involved because of their commitment and value of creating important relationships with the youth in Hoboken.

What program do you volunteer for and what was your experience like?
I volunteer for weekly enrichment clubs. Tuesday’s are now my favorite day of the week, and the experience has been rewarding and fun!
What is your favorite part of being a clubs volunteer?
While I don’t work in education, teaching/coaching has been a passion of mine. I love that I’m able to lead learning activities and coach the kids on their progress and development.
What is your favorite TRUE Mentors moment?
I love all the small moments you share with the kids each week. Being able to share “ah ha” learning moments from an activity, seeing the kids begin to bond and trust one another each week, etc. While it’s our goal to teach the kids each week, they truly teach me more about myself and help me be the best that I can be.
How has being a part of the TRUE Mentors community changed you? Challenged you? Rewarded you?
TRUE Mentors has changed my perspective community; I now realize the direct impact that community involvement and commitment can create. I am challenged to remain patient when things it gets hectic during clubs, or when the night goes off plan. I am rewarded with the opportunity to create relationships that truly matter with both fellow volunteers and kids.
What do you wish other people knew about TRUE Mentors?
I wish more people knew about the fun and rewarding opportunities True Mentors provides for Hoboken residents, and how it helps create a lifetime of memories for Hoboken children.
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working for TRUE Mentors?
Everyone I’ve met during TRUE Mentors has been helpful, humble and so kind. I think of people like Rebecca, Katie, James and Diane who were so welcoming when I first joined and continue to be a great support system during volunteering and in personal life too. We all come from different backgrounds, but everyone I’ve met has the same commitment towards service and leadership.
What TM community events/fundraisers have you attended? Why would you encourage other TM volunteers to get involved in the TM community?
I’ve attended a few of the happy hours over the year which have been a great way to meet others in the organization.There’s so many working parts that help make True Mentors function, and these events allow each group to unite and understand how each part is integral for the larger organization to be a success.
In 10 words or less, describe the volunteer experience at TRUE Mentors.
humbling – changing – inspiring – fun – fulfilling – rewarding – spirited
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