Chynna McNair

Besides going to school, what do you do?

I work with kids at MSCR. I help students who struggle in math and literacy and try to find fun ways to help them master the material.

 

What are your future dreams and goals?

My goal is to be a successful student, graduate, and get a job that I enjoy. I want to work at a job where I can support kids who struggle and show them that with the right path and mindset you can make it. The quote “choose a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life” is 100% possible and is what I hope to achieve.

 

What activity did Rubin for Kids help you to do?  What did you learn from doing it? 

Rubin for Kids gave me a scholarship to attend Madison College. This is helping me pay for classes, which will allow me to reach my goals.

 

How has Rubin for Kids helped you to move closer to achieving your dreams and goals?

Rubin for Kids has helped me to continue school.  I was worried about the financial aspect of college. Rubin for Kids helped me focus on school and studying instead of working constantly to pay tuition.

 

How would your life be different if Rubin for Kids were never a part of it?

If Rubin for Kids never helped me, it would have been difficult for me to continue my education past high school. I would have been stressing a lot over debt. I would be in a completely different and less positive mindset than I am now. 

 

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work and/or school?

I like to help out with my family. It has been a tough year as my great grandpa moved into my home after my great grandma died. I am trying to help him with this transition and make him as comfortable as possible.

 

How would you encourage others to achieve their dreams and goals?

I would tell them to dream big and make little goals along the way to achieve the big dream. Once you get there you’ll never feel a better feeling. No dream is too big! 

 

Chaya Miller

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Besides going to school, what do you do?

I work at a restaurant and babysit. I also pick up shifts at My Escape Mission when I have spare time. 

What are your future dreams and goals? 

My ultimate goal is to become a pediatric nurse. I love kids and have always dreamed of becoming a pediatric nurse. To accomplish this goal, I have set smaller goals for myself along the way. I am getting certified as an EMT and hope to get a job as an EMT for this summer. I am also completing my prerequisites at Madison College and I hope to later transfer to a four-year college to complete my degree. 

What activity did Rubin for Kids help you to do?  What did you learn from doing it?

Rubin for Kids helped me attend Madison College. I have learned to make use of the resources that are available. For instance, Madison College has a really good writing center which I am taking advantage of to improve my writing. They also have advisors who can help you with whatever you want to do. I am also learning a lot on my classes.

How has Rubin for Kids helped you to move closer to achieving your dreams and goals?

Rubin for Kids is helping move towards my dream of being a pediatric nurse. I am completing classes at Madison College that I will need for my degree.

How would your life be different if Rubin for Kids were never a part of it?

If it wasn’t for Rubin for Kids, I would not be attending college. Due to financial strains I was not planning to go past high school with my education. Rubin for Kids allowed me to continue my education and is helping me to follow my dreams. I am extremely grateful for what they have done for me.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work and/or school?

Right now, I am very busy with school and work, so I do not have much free time. When I do have more time, I love to travel. I enjoy exploring new places and meeting new people. 

How would you encourage others to achieve their dreams and goals?

I would tell them to make a plan, and see it through. You can do whatever you put your mind to. All you have to do is motivate yourself and keep working towards your goals. 


Laura VoegEli - Volunteer

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What is your current occupation?

I am a third-year law student at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I love to go alpine skiing with my family and friends.

How did you learn about Rubin for Kids?

During my senior year of college, I decided I wanted to spend some of my time volunteering. I began searching for organizations that help those in need. I was attracted to RFKs because it rewarded children who were working hard at school, yet often did not have the resources to achieve their goals. Coming from a family of educators, I know that many children want to succeed, but often the circumstances they are born into place numerous barriers in their path to success.

How did you become a volunteer?

I contacted Barb Rubin and told her that I was very interested in RFK and the work they do. Barb and I talked about projects that would help propel the organization forward.

What do you do as an RFK volunteer?

I work on two projects for RFK. My first project is donor recruitment. I go through the numerous thank you notes that students and teachers have written and put them into a scrapbook, so donors can see firsthand how their donations have affected the lives of children in the Madison area. My other project is mentoring students who receive scholarships to attend MATC. Each year I meet with a student and talk to them about their goals, setting up their schedule, and tips to succeed in college. I communicate with the student throughout their first year at MATC to answer any questions they may have and help keep them on track for graduation.

How has your work with Rubin for Kids affected you? 

My work with RFKs has shown me the difference a small donation can make in a child’s life. There are such a variety of scholarships, including dance lessons, money for sports, driver’s education, field trips, and college. These scholarships have improved self-esteem and behavior, and helped the students to feel included in the classroom community. The MATC scholarships have allowed many first-generation college students to pursue their dream careers.

Would you encourage others to volunteer for Rubin for Kids?  Why or Why not?

I would definitely encourage others to volunteer with RFKs. I love being able to contribute to an organization that helps the youth in our community and pushes them to achieve their goals. For many children, providing a little help when they are young can keep them in school and away from the juvenile justice system. Many children want to succeed, but they need someone who believes in them. A little help can go a long ways. This is the help that RFKs provides. 

 


LYJYA MILES - SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?

I’m currently in the Police Academy with the Madison Police Department as a Madison Police Officer.

HOW DID RUBIN FOR KIDS HELP YOU ACHIEVE THAT?

RFK helped me by providing me with a scholarship to MATC that helped me transfer credits to Concordia University where I’m obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.  Also, they’ve encouraged me and have been a positive influence over the past 11 years. 

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE DREAMS AND GOALS?

My passion in life is providing support and guidance for youth. I want to become a neighborhood officer so I can work in one on one settings with children and communities that could use a positive role model who understands their struggles.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?

I enjoy playing with the kids in the neighborhood (water balloon fights, movies, etc.) I also enjoy spending time with my family, relaxing and watching movies.

HOW WOULD YOUR LIFE HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT IF RUBIN FOR KIDS WERE NEVER PART OF IT?

The college scholarship allowed me to focus my initial college career instead of focusing on the financial aspect of schooling. This allowed for me to spend more time studying and thinking of how to achieve my career goals.


Jainaba Joof

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A LIVING?

Currently, I'm working part time at the North side Willy Street Coop. 

HOW DID RUBIN FOR KIDS HELP YOU ACHIEVE THAT?

Working at Willy Street Coop is not something I want to do for the rest of my life. I have a dream, and my dream is to become an accountant someday which RfK (Rubin for Kids) is helping in pursing my dream by giving me a scholarship to Madison College. 

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE DREAMS AND GOALS?

Being an accountant has always been my aspiration which I think is because I love working with numbers.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching movies and having a good time. I also enjoy doing volunteering services and helping children work on their homework. 

HOW WOULD YOUR LIFE HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT IF RUBIN FOR KIDS WERE NEVER PART OF IT?

 Rubin for Kids made me worry less about financial issues and focus more on my studies by providing me with a scholarship. This allowed me spent more time achieving my career goal because Rubin for Kids got my back. Thank you Rubin for Kids.