We are thrilled to welcome four professional volunteers this school year through the Arrupe Jesuit Volunteer Program, ASC Volunteer Program & Colorado Vincentian Volunteer Program!
Kevin Buettner is a 2011 graduate of St. Louis University High School and earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tulsa. He worked at a fertilizer plant in Nebraska for two years before leaving to join the Alumni Service Corps and volunteer teach at Arrupe Jesuit High School. Currently he co-teaching sections of both freshmen Math and English, assistant coaching the JV/varsity volleyball teams, and working with the pastoral and advisement teams. “I can't wait to get back to serving others more personally at Arrupe Jesuit High School! I hope my passion for learning can stir the students' interest in learning as well."
Samantha is a 2016 graduate of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and earned a bachelor's degree in Biological Research. Last year, she joined us as a Colorado Vincentian Volunteer and worked as part of the Corporate Work Study Program team. Currently, she assists with Academic Support on multiple levels: serving on the Academic Advisory Team, co-teaching English and Biology, and leading Freshmen and Sophomore advisement groups. Through her switch to academics, she hopes to get a feel for teaching as a career.
Lauren Franklin, a graduate of the University of San Diego, is spending her year as a Colorado Vincentian Volunteer assisting with the Corporate Work Study Program. There, she works with students to help them develop professional skills and habits, provides the support they need and assists with customer service for some of the non-profit companies who partner with Arrupe to provide students jobs. She also assists with school retreats and leads advisement groups for freshmen and sophomores. Her favorite part of her job is getting to sit down with students one-on-one and discuss plans for achieving their professional, and ultimately, life goals. She hopes to continue growing fun, healthy and rich relationships with the students and staff at Arrupe.
Joe Simon, a graduate of Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, Ohio), will co-teach freshman math and English, mentor students in advising groups, coach, work on specialized academic support teams, and assist with the Corporate Work Study Program. “I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to serve in Alum Service Corps at Arrupe Jesuit High School (Denver). I am looking forward to the friendships of my fellow volunteers and interacting with the students of Arrupe on a personal level. I hope to provide for them the guidance and support that ASC teachers gave me at Rockhurst High School (Kansas City, Mo.). I am especially excited to coach baseball, my favorite sport! ASC is a unique opportunity for spiritual and personal growth, and I cannot wait to get started!”
The Alum Service Corps offers graduates of Jesuit high schools and Jesuit universities an opportunity to give back in gratitude for their Jesuit education by committing a year of service as faculty members in Jesuit middle or high schools. This year, 17 young men and women are serving at 6 Jesuit schools across the U.S. Central and Southern Province.
Alum Service Corps volunteers serve at Jesuit middle and high schools throughout Denver, Kansas City, and St. Louis. Members of ASC live in community, commit to growth in the Ignatian tradition, and serve their students out of gratitude for their Jesuit education.
Typically, ASC volunteers teach two or three sections in an area of competence and immerse themselves throughout the life of the school: coaching, tutoring, club moderating, service programs, campus ministry, and driving. ASC volunteers support students from a unique position and offer them a model of the Graduate at Graduation.
The Colorado Vincentian Volunteers are a community of faith and action that responds to the Gospel call in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul. They are young men and women, ages 22-30, who serve the elderly, homeless, developmentally disabled, troubled youth and those who are poor. The year-long program offers an opportunity for spiritual, emotional, professional growth, and a way of discerning and living one’s Christian vocation.
Get to know more about the program, or apply to join, through the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers website!