Volunteer Recognition Week Profile: Kelsey Lepp

 “My name is Kelsey Lepp. I have been volunteering at Children’s-MN for about a year; however, I have been volunteering in children’s hospitals since I was 15 years old. I am graduating in May from the University of Minnesota with dual degrees in Child Psychology and Spanish. My career goal is to be a Child Life Specialist, which explains my lengthy involvement in children’s hospitals. I completed my Child Life practicum in my hometown at the Nebraska Medical Center and am currently applying for Child Life internships across the country for the fall of 2011. I absolutely love volunteering:  the 2-3 hours that I spend volunteering at Children’s make my entire week better. (I only wish that I could be a full-time volunteer instead of working and going to school!)

Aside from working, studying, and volunteering, I am also a member of Exisdanz International Open Dance Team. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old and consider it a part of who I am as a person. I also love to travel. During the spring semester of 2010, I studied abroad in Venezuela, which was an incredible experience. This summer, I will be spending a month going on a grand tour of Europe with my mom.  My mom is one of my closest friends and, with my encouragement, has recently become a Child Life volunteer. As expected, she has also fallen in love with the hospital setting.

I am passionate about volunteering in general. I have volunteered with El Centro, Kaleidoscope Place, the American Cancer Society, Feed My Starving Children, and many other organizations (mostly, of course, working with children). However, Children’s of Minnesota is a truly magical place and I am honored to be a part of the volunteer team. I have had the privilege of assisting in the Art Out of the Box program and working closely with child life specialist Vicki Neis in the Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Everyone at Children’s is so supportive of me and my dream to be a Child Life Specialist. I appreciate everything that I have learned (and continue to learn and experience!) through volunteering at Children’s.”

Thank you, Kelsey, for all of YOUR support for Children’s Hospital!

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