Tuesday, July 11, 2006

July Project Leader of the Month!

We Salute our Project Leaders

Project Leader of the Month July 2006

Lilia Elias --

We need to celebrate the contribution of an outstanding L.A. Works leader! Lilia Elias has become increasing more involved over her 8 year history with L.A. Works, most recently making a commitment as a Dreamsaver facilitator. So far, she has facilitated 4 sessions and has committed to leading two more this month! She is awesome!

Lilia tells us a bit about herself:

My name is Lilia and I’m just a girl in the world.

I enjoy working with children and young adults. Through L.A. Works, I have volunteered at Children of the Night and lead Teamworks at the Aviva Center. However, I have also volunteered at other organizations outside of L.A.Works, like the Valley Trauma Center, L.A. County Probation Dept., Revlon Run/Walk for Breast & Ovarian Cancer and the L.A Gay and Lesbian Center. I have been involved with L.A. Works for approximately 8 years. Which is the beauty of L.A. Works, you can be in a funk where you aren’t able to volunteer for some time, but as soon as your schedule permits, L.A. Works is there for you! There is something for everyone, no matter what your availability or interests are.

When I read about the Dreamsaver project, it was love at first sight. Working at the UCLA Career Center, where great careers begin, I wanted to be a part of a project where GREAT DREAMS begin. Not only does Dreamsaver help kids plan out their dream, it also covers the importance of saving money and recognizing the difference between proactive and reactive behavior. YOU have the power to make your dreams a reality! Sometimes the biggest road block between you and your dream, is you. If one person can walk away from the workshop feeling confident that they can reach their goal, I have made a difference.

That’s what volunteering is about, making a difference by giving what money can’t buy, your heart. Being sincere and being yourself is all you need.

Lilia 's devotion makes her an inspiration to us all! Thanks Lilia --

This Month's Project Leaders

Thanks to all of our Project Leaders who are leading projects during the month of July.

You are the real leaders in our community! The Staff & Board of Directors of L.A. Works thanks you for being the real superstars of our community!

Albana Farias
Alvin Fong
Aurora Maniaul
Bobbi Marin
Bona Tucker
Bryan Kadotani
Charlene Chung
Chris Fukunaga
Christy Dean
Christina Preiss
Christopher Babers
Cindy Goss
Clarence Smith
Connie Leonard
Cynde Knerr
David Trilling
Ed Simon
Elvin Albino
Emily Barclay
Gil Gerstein
Grant Wadley
Jay Ross
Jesse Perez-Fraga
Joan Bang
Johanna Black
Katherine Serrano
Kathryn Perez-Fraga
Kay Meevasin
Kristel Stern
LaJeanne Jones
Lilia Elias
Llami Gutierrez
Luis De Avila
Margaret Comstock
Mark Kimura
Melodee Cole
Mike Kremer
Nancy Tran
Rafik Ghazarian
Sandy Boscarino
Sandy Choi
Sarah Boyd
Shelia Taylor
Sherly Lam
Srikant Ranjan

Stephanie Cirone
Suzanne Islet
Suzanne Wiener
Teresa Castelli
Teri Johnson
Timothy Dickey
William Wira
Veronica Cruz
Yolanda Dave
Yvonne Foster

Want to join the ranks of L.A.'s most involved citizens? Become an L.A. Works Project Leader.

It's easy, it's fun, and it doesn't require a huge amount of your time.

Go to the Project Calendar section of the website and sign up for Project Leader Training or email Julie Prejean to find out the date of the next session.

Past Project Leaders Of the Month

June, 2006 - Tammy Simmons

April, 2006 - Mike Kremer

March, 2006 - Christina Preiss

February, 2006 - in loving Memory, Helga Hung

January, 2006 - Sherly Lam

November, 2005 - Clarence Smith

October, 2005 - Joan Bang

September, 2005 - Kat and Jesse Perez-Fraga

August, 2005 - Bryan Kadatoni

July, 2005 - Ken Hagopian

June, 2005 - Laura Bonilla

May, 2005 - Alexa Benson

April, 2005 - April Fields

March, 2005 - Mia Farrell

February, 2005 - Sandy Boscarino

January, 2005 - Andrew Anura Abeyesinghe

December, 2004 - Jacquie Moreno

November, 2004 - Timothy Dickey and Howard Weiner

October, 2004 - Russell Ali

September, 2004 - Suzanne Wiener

August, 2004 - Veronica Cruz

July, 2004 - Margaret Conway

June, 2004 - Ellen Dugas

May, 2004 - Luis de Avila

April, 2004 - Mandana Dayani

Mar, 2004 - Cindy Finocchi

Feb, 2004 - Viet Hoang

Jan, 2004 - Teresa Castelli

Dec. 2003 - Mary Lawler

Nov. 2003 - Jose Valencia

Oct, 2003 - Dustin Manhart

Sept, 2003 - Marc Weinberg

Aug, 2003 - Mark Kimura

July, 2003 - Jay Ross

June, 2003 - Meghan Lee

May, 2003 - Ray Ng

April, 2003 - David Trilling

March, 2003 - Tom Hoctor

February, 2003 - Kayo Shiraishi-Adachi

January, 2003 - Henry Meyer

December, 2002 - Suzanne Studer

November, 2002 - Ed Simon

October, 2002 - Bobbi Marin

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