Volunteer Spotlight: Annika Holland
Annika Holland is our superstar intern here at GOTR-STL! Annika comes to us from Whitfield School where she is participating in a three-week immersion in service learning. Annika, a former Girl on the Run herself, has engaged in a variety of activities since joining us—including volunteering at the 5K on May 11! As her internship comes to a close, we thought it’d be fun to get her perspective on the experience:
Why did you choose GOTR for your high school internship experience?
As a former Girl on the Run and a firm believer in giving back to a community that helped me develop important life skills, it was a no brainer to come back to GOTR! I have a lot of experience in athletics and non-profit organizations so I was super excited to be able to combine these two interests while completing my senior internship.
What project did you enjoy most?
The project I enjoyed the most was helping out at various packet pickup locations. Getting to meet other volunteers who are invested in the program and hear their perspectives was so great. I loved interacting with the parents, running buddies, and girls who were going to (and excited to!) participate in the race.
Why do you think it is important for students in high school to participate in service learning?
Throughout my high school career I have been fortunate to have benefited from interaction with the local community. St. Louis has a great network of non-profits that have positively impacted the lives of many. I believe that it is important for high school students to participate in local service learning before leaving for college or other endeavors as a way to give back to the St. Louis community. By giving back we make sure these organizations continue flourishing so generations to come will have the same opportunities that helped us grow.