My name is Olivia Lu and I’m a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia. My interests revolve around computer science, aerospace, and design. In the coding world, I’ve worked on projects ranging from Artificial Intelligence to web development and I’m constantly learning something new. In the past, I’ve designed space exploration missions at NASA Langley Research Center and Wallops Flight Facility. I currently volunteer at the National Air and Space Museum, where I teach visitors on topics such as meteorites, space suits, and Mars. Although I attend a STEM-orientated high school, I also like to experiment as a self-taught artist. Recently, I’ve been on exhibit at the National Building Museum and worked at the Hirshhorn Museum.
How did you find Givology and what made you want to join the organization?
I first discovered Givology through my school and was intrigued by the platform’s ability to easily connect donors with those in need. The focus on education was especially special to me because learning is a big part of my life. I wanted to apply my technical skills to the organization and help it grow so that it can continue making a positive impact on the world.
What does Givology’s mission mean to you?/Why is Givology’s mission important to you?
I see Givology as a means of allowing less-fortunate students to expand their opportunities. Education can help them break out of a cycle of poverty and encourage them to make their own mark on the world. Growing up, I’ve been fortunate to always have resources to progress my learning, but I’m aware that many children across the world aren’t as lucky. It’s important to give them the resources to satisfy their curiosity, and I see Givology as the platform to do so.
What do you hope to achieve off volunteering/interning with Givology?
I’m hoping to expand my technical skills and acquire more industry experience in an environment that fosters philanthropy and positivity.
What is your advice to anyone thinking (unsure) about volunteering for Givology?
As a busy student, I find Givology’s flexible schedule easy to work with. The close-knit community makes sure everyone’s voice is heard and I always feel connected to the core mission.
What gives you motivation everyday to volunteer?
Just knowing that I can make a difference to those around the world and help them expand their opportunities. My work as an intern will help donors connect more easily to the projects and hopefully make the children’s future a bit brighter.
What is your favorite cause at Givology and why?
One of my favorite Givology causes is the Mobil Shipping Container classroom ([url=https://www.givology.org/~mscclassroom/]https://www.givology.org/~mscclassroom/[/url]). It's such a unique idea, especially because it incorporates both education and recycling. The cause is very well thought-out, with many detailed renderings of their classroom design, so it'll be interesting to see how the real classrooms turn out in the future.
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