These youngsters in our community are making a difference volunteering and giving back in time and talent to diverse causes. Learn more about some of our seniors and the efforts they are involved with…
Cole Wolf, La Jolla High School
Wolf volunteers at the La Jolla YMCA where he has coached 7-11-year-old boys in basketball for six seasons. He also volunteers at National League of Young Men, a mother/son philanthropy group he has been a part of since freshman year (2014). Within this organization, he has focused on Include Autism, playing baseball with autistic children. In addition, he volunteers annually in the Challenged Athletes triathlon and the Kroc Center Toy Drive. “I first began volunteering in middle school, but truly found out I loved it in high school. I realized I loved working with kids and felt I could make a huge impact in their young lives,” says Wolf.
Wolf is ASB Vice President and also studying classes in AP Art History, AP Macroeconomics, and Math 254 (through Mesa College). He enjoys living in La Jolla and attending LJHS, which provides students with numerous opportunities inside and outside of school. Outside of school, Wolf runs Cross Country and Track, and is the captain for both sports. Over the summer, he worked at Mad Science, an educational summer science camp where he was an instructor to elementary-aged kids. His goal is to attend a 4-year university in the Fall and major in either Economics or Business.
Sarah Lucia Barrett, The Bishop’s School
Since January, Barrett has been volunteering giving tours most Saturdays at Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum, a military aviation museum next to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. She is also a volunteer teaching students who emigrated from refugee camps on the border of Thailand and Burma after escaping persecution from the Burmese army because of their ethnicity. This is through the global education department at Bishop’s, which partners with the Episcopal Refugee Network to help tutor Karen Refugees at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in City Heights. Additionally, Barrett is co-lead of a group called Art Interact, which hosts free arts and crafts sessions in the children’s area of La Jolla Public Library, and volunteers whenever possible with Food for Families at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church to provide donated groceries to needy families.
“I first began volunteering freshman year to complete my school’s community service requirements. After enjoying the work I’d been doing with the organizations, I started volunteering regularly at the beginning of junior year,” she says. “My interest in these organizations resulted in my continued involvement, and at the end of the year, I received the Bronze President’s Service Award.” A resident of Rancho Peñasquitos, Barrett plans to major in aerospace or mechanical engineering in college.
Laine Koman, La Jolla Country Day School
Koman has been involved with Pedal the Cause since its inaugural ride in St. Louis, MO in 2010. As the teen captain for Padres Pedal the Cause Teen Team for four years, her team raised $95,036 with three weeks left to fundraise before the November 11-12, 2017 event weekend. Pedal the Cause is an annual cycling and spinning event with the mission of creating a world without cancer by raising critically needed funds for cancer research at UCSD Moores Cancer Center, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, Salk Institute and Rady Children’s Hospital. She has also built homes for impoverished families in Mexico over the past four years through Homes of Hope International, a ministry of Youth with a Mission in San Diego/Baja, which offers a gateway to spiritual transformation in communities.
“I’ve been involved with Pedal the Cause for eight years and Homes of Hope for four. I had a personal experience with my dad being diagnosed with cancer when I was a young girl. He is now a two-time cancer survivor and cancer research philanthropist,” she shares. “The experiences I have gained through community service have left me with a passion for helping others. I volunteer because I love forming relationships and connections.” Outside of school, this Rancho Santa Fe resident is interested in science, cancer research and has volunteered the past two summers at research labs at UCSD.