UW Pipeline Project

Ashley Alday

“I have made it my personal/professional goal to support others in sharing their stories as a form of personal empowerment.”

1. Which community did you volunteer at, and what did you work on while you were there?

I had the opportunity to volunteer four times with ASB. Three of those times (Freshman, Junior, and Senior year) were in Omak, Washington with Paschal Sherman Indian School and the other time (Sophomore year) was in Tonasket, Washington with Tonasket Elementary School. I did a literacy arts project and worked with students in telling their individual stories through the prompt that was given each year. Each student made their own personal “published” book and was given the opportunity to share these stories with the ASB team and with their peers.

2. How has being a part of ASB impacted your goals and dreams for the future?

ASB validated my decision in pursuing social work and supporting underrepresented communities. ASB also reminded me the importance of storytelling and provided me with the tools to shape my own story. With this, I have made it my personal/professional goal to support others in sharing their stories as a form of personal empowerment.

3. What is a favorite memory you have during your time with ASB?

I have had many amazing memories with ASB making it difficult to choose just one memory to share. Each year I was a part of ASB, I created meaningful memories and developed relationships with the students, staff, and community members that will last a lifetime. Because I was privileged enough to begin my journey in ASB at the beginning of my undergraduate career, I went back to the community I began my journey in and got to see the growth of the students. Although I don’t just have one “favorite” memory, seeing the growth of these students would probably be the highlight of my time in ASB.

Interested in being apart of the 2018 Literacy Arts Alternative Spring Break? Applications open Monday, November 13th!