An Interview with Katie Sullivan - SCI AmeriCorps Member

Katie Sullivan

Katie Sullivan is an SCI AmeriCorps member who was originally drawn to the program through the experience she had with the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn while attending Woburn Memorial High School. As a sophomore, Katie made the decision to apply to the Intrepid Keystone Club - a choice that eventually set her on a path that led her to attend the University of New Hampshire and upon graduating, inspired her to give back to the organization which had such an strong impact on her as a highschooler.


Questions & Answers


What kind of need originally led you to initially become involved with the Boys & Girls Club?

I got involved with the organization later than most kids, when I was a sophomore I applied to the Intrepid Keystone Club which was a teen leadership and service program based at the Boys & Girls Club of Woburn. The program gives members the opportunity to gain skills to become productive, responsible, and caring citizens. I had friends who were in it and I saw all the great work they were doing so I decided to apply myself.


Did the Boys & Girls Club/ Intrepid Keystone Club make any kind of improvement on your life? What inspired you to want to give back and serve here after graduating?

It absolutely made an improvement on my life! I had been in pretty basic level classes all through middle and high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do, and I wasn’t involved at all in my community. The club gave me direction, it made me realize how much I enjoyed working with kids. Even my grades started getting better, I was able to begin taking more honors and AP classes. One of the connections I formed with a former AmeriCorps members who was serving at the club at the time was also something that really inspired and motivated me to serve as an AmeriCorps member at the club myself.


Tell me about some of the people you’ve met so far while serving.

I feel like I’m constantly playing catch up, I’m always trying to learn a new kid’s name! I have a handshake going with some of the younger kids which has helped, but I also spend a lot of time working with the teens especially. Being in this role really gives you the chance to know people in a totally different capacity, even people that I had already thought I kind of knew before. Serving with Hannah (fellow SCI AmeriCorps member) has also been great! We work really well together. The whole SCI group is awesome, I look forward to the All Corps days every month.


What was your first impression of SCI?

When I was a teenager, I hadn’t fully grasped what was happening with the SCI AmeriCorps members who were serving at the club but there were definitely no negative memories. I had gotten really close with one of the members who served there for two years, and back then I figured it must be a pretty cool organization for people to want to serve for multiple years. When I first met Amelia (SCI AmeriCorps program manager) she seemed really enthusiastic and like she truly enjoyed what she was doing. Once we got going I also saw how passionate David was about the work he was doing, which made me even more excited to serve.


What would you tell someone who is thinking about serving for AmeriCorps?

Do it! I’m only two months in, but it’s been a great experience so far. I really enjoy what I do every day and working with all the different kids. The SCI group is great too, it’s really all just been awesome so far and I’m so happy I made the decision to do it.


Katie is a lifelong resident of Woburn who began serving at the James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn in early September. She studied sociology at the University of New Hampshire and hopes to continue her studies and pursue a master's degree upon completion of her year of service.