National Volunteer Week 2016: Keisha Pan

May 8, 2016

This National Volunteer Week, CMY would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of all our volunteers across Victoria. Volunteers have supported young people in particularly vulnerable circumstances through the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program, and facilitated the social inclusion of newly arrived young people through the Ucan2 program.

A big thank you to all our volunteers. Your support is invaluable.

As part of National Volunteer Week, CMY is highlighting the stories of some of these exceptional volunteers.

 

Keisha Pan, YRIPP Volunteer

 

I’m from China and I have been in Melbourne for three years. My background is Social Work, which is also the main reason I became interested in YRIPP. By volunteering, I could put into practice what I learnt during my studies.

I’m also passionate about working with young people, especially those with special needs.

Something that really stood out to me during my studies is that the thing young people with complex issues miss out on most, is care and understanding from the people around them.

By doing this volunteer work, I am making real-world connections between what I learnt and I can see the contribution I’ve made to young people.

I have found being a volunteer with YRIPP really rewarding, especially the feeling of being needed.

I still remember one young person I worked with.

When the interviewed was finished, I asked him if there was anything he needed.

He asked if I would wait there with him until the police returned with information about his case.

It might be a little thing but the young person trusted and needed me.

And I felt really good about that!

 

Please click here if you would like to volunteer with YRIPP