The Yellow Brick Road of Life

Our next blog post comes from AmeriCorps School-Based Mentor, Lauren Demicco. Lauren is working at Steamboat Springs Middle School this year and loves working with kids! Lauren comes from a small town in central Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Earth Science Education. This is what Lauren had to say about mentoring:

Lauren, Kaitlin, and other friends at Zion National Park

Lauren, Kaitlin, and other friends at Zion National Park

As we walk through life, many people step into the role of “mentor.” Each person that steps into and out of this role is impactful as we walk along the yellow brick road of life. 

Growing up, I was fortunate to have many adult role models who guided and taught me along the way.  Having three sisters, I was constantly surrounded by people who supported me and walked along side of me in the good times and the bad.  Without the influence of these strong, loving women, I would not be the woman I am today.  A shout out is due, however to my Dad, Fred, who put up with the five of us with compassion and adoration.   He was always there to play catch, slick our hair back and offer a little rational thought when things got emotional.  What a man.  I am so thankful for the influence and support that my family has offered me throughout the years. 

Lauren and her sisters jumping off a float into Sacandoga Lake, New York

Lauren and her sisters jumping off a float into Sacandoga Lake, New York

I have been fortunate to encounter many people who have positively influenced my life.  When asked to write this blog post, one person came to mind: Kaitlin Vacca, my high school field hockey coach who is now a very close friend.  Over the past six years, she has taught me about love, compassion and grace, culture and acceptance.  Not to mention how to be a ‘diesel’ defender on the field hockey field.  The lessons learned both on and off the field have shaped me and I am certain that there are still more to come.

Lauren & her mentor and field hockey coach, Kaitlin Vacca

Lauren & her mentor and field hockey coach, Kaitlin Vacca

I wanted to join the Partners family because I want to pass along the love and grace that has been shown to me.  I am beyond grateful for the people who have opened my eyes along the way and I know that each one of them has made a lasting impression on me.  Ultimately, they taught me to believe in myself and I would feel lucky to be a part of that awakening for someone else. 

 “Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” –Henry David Thoreau

In her free time, she enjoys mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and spending time with loved ones. Lauren has thoroughly enjoyed exploring all of the new opportunities that this town and community has to offer! Partners in Routt County is so grateful for Lauren’s decision to serve here in Steamboat Springs. We feel incredibly fortunate to have such a competent and compassionate lady on our team of mentors this year. Thank you for all your hard work, Lauren!