In recognition of National Volunteer Week, Tech Impact is spotlighting some of our amazing volunteers each day this week. The ITWorks and CXWorks volunteers are such an asset to these programs, and they make a huge impact on our students. Our programs would not be the same without them!
Angeline Cosca, IT Director at Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging (SDMI) in Las Vegas, stumbled upon ITWorks by chance. Now that she’s been volunteering with the program for a few years, she can’t imagine a better way to give back.
Tech Impact: How did you first learn about the ITWorks program? What compelled you to get involved?
Angie: The first time I heard about Tech Impact, I had received an email – I don’t really know when or who it came from – but I immediately thought to myself, “This is the best way for me to help young people in IT.” I had volunteered previously in small ways here and there, but I had never had the opportunity to volunteer in IT so that was really appealing to me.
Tech Impact: You volunteer in a variety of capacities – do you have a favorite way to get involved?
A: We just did our first Friday Session this spring, and we have done Lunch and Learns as well. But for me, mentoring is definitely my favorite. The reason why is how connected I’m able to get with the students. I’ve even mentored more than one student at the same time! It’s so exciting to see where they go. I was so proud of each one of them when I got the texts that said, “I got the job!” And I’m still in contact with so many that I have mentored, so continues on after the program. I love being part of their journey. There was actually a symposium recently and I saw a few of them there!
Tech Impact: Describe one experience with a student(s) that stands out as being particularly impactful for the student(s), yourself, or both.
A: The most impactful right now is seeing them collectively get a second chance at a real career and being in the workforce. They are able to actually be happy because they are stable, and they get to progress and grow on a daily basis. ITWorks is giving them that chance. It’s so rewarding. One of my previous mentees, Sultaneh, is originally from Syria and came to Las Vegas from Chile to chase the American Dream. And ITWorks gave that to her!
Tech Impact: What do you think the benefit is for volunteers who get involved with ITWorks?
A: For me, I think the benefit is the impact. Volunteering with ITWorks has given me a sense of purpose. In the beginning I had always thought that my job is to make an impact in their lives. But instead they had made an impact on me. As they continue to let me be a part of their journey, from passing the exams to graduating to starting a career in IT, the more I am inspired to make a difference in their lives. They are truly my newfound inspiration and for this I am very grateful.
Tech Impact: Do you have any insight for organizations or individuals who are considering a volunteer opportunity with ITWorks?
A: For any future mentors: communicate with them, help them, guide them, interact with them, MOTIVATE them. Let them know that they can do this!. Sometimes these simple words are just what they need to get them going. You will LOVE volunteering with these young people. It’s almost addicting!Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging has a standard of excellence in patience care and technology that has brought national and international recognition from the medical imaging and health care communities. Their number one priority in their family-owned business is to make sure every patient is treated like a loved member of their family. To learn more about volunteering with Tech Impact, visit our Program pages.