UWYD: Where are they now?
We recently got a chance to catch up with a former United Way Youth Division (UWYD) President, Volunteer Center Youth Board Member, and VCL Nonprofit Fellow, Jordan Kirksey. Jordan has been involved in many Volunteer Center programs, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to see what he is up to now. According to Jordan, “You can leave the Volunteer Center but the Volunteer Center never leaves you.”
Since his first year studying music at Texas Tech University, Jordan has been up to some amazing things. He has continued his passion for music by playing with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra last year and releasing an album with his tango band.
He has continued to make a difference in his community by working for Student Disabilities Services at Texas Tech University. He gets to work with people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds, and says it has been very eye-opening for him. Jordan has also been involved with bringing a storytelling project called “TENX9” to Lubbock. Through this, he gives individuals the
opportunity to share their personal stories and experiences with others in our community. In his words “storytelling builds empathy.”
“You can leave the Volunteer Center but the Volunteer Center never leaves you.”
The Volunteer Center was fortunate enough to have Jordan as a Nonprofit Fellow in 2016 and watch him participate in countless volunteer opportunities through UWYD. When asked about his time with us, Jordan explained, “It was an incredible experience that I think about every now and then when I work with my student at SDS at Tech. It taught me to keep seeking opportunities instead of simply going with the flow.”
After graduation, Jordan hopes to pursue an internship with Facebook or another media organization. Wherever life may lead him, we know Jordan will continue to act on his purpose as a volunteer and leader in his community and make an impact.
You can learn more about Jordan’s experience with our youth programming here!