Feeding South Florida’s Youth Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for students to learn about food insecurity and help raise awareness about the issue in their school and community. Ambassadors represent #FeedingSouthFlorida at community activities, volunteering, and more.
One youth ambassador, Victoria Arzumanova, started her senior year this month, after surpassing 150 hours of service with Feeding South Florida!
Victoria recalled that when she first started, she was a “builder,” repackaging the inspected food into boxes for delivery to Feeding South Florida agencies. “When I first started, it was related to having to complete volunteer hours… but then I began to love it! There was so much I didn’t know at first, but every single time I came back I learned more.”
With her accumulated experience, Victoria shares that “Ruth [FSF Volunteer Coordinator] now puts me into leadership positions while I’m volunteering. It helps me feel confident, knowing that if I’m giving clear instructions that means that the food is being inspected and sorted better. I’ve also made so many friends through Feeding South Florida. I’m learning Japanese with another volunteer! I’m making connections with people, doing what I love.”
Victoria aims to pursue a career in software engineering. Learn more about becoming a Youth Ambassador, here.