Name: Kylie Konrath
Position Title: Campus Volunteer Coordinator for Start Making A Reader Today
Major/year: Biochemistry, Senior
How did you first get involved with the Moreau Center?
As a freshman, I participated in several of the service projects organized by the SJC and went on a few trips to serve at St. Andre’s with the CVC.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
The best part of the job is seeing the growth of children who are a part of the SMART program. Last year, I read with a little boy who had some behavior problems and would ask after almost every page if he could go back to class. By the end of the year, he was reading the books and much more enthusiastic. It was so inspiring and exciting to see his progression in reading skills, enthusiasm, and ability to focus on a book. It is so rewarding knowing that I am helping nearly 50 other UP students get involved in the same capacity and truly change children’s lives.
Why should people get involved with your programs/events?
With just a one hour a week commitment, you can truly impact children’s lives. Such a small amount of time is hugely beneficial for the children and you grow too as a leader, role model, and teacher.
Why should students think about a leadership position in the Moreau Center?
There is a high level of community that you build as a Moreau Center leader. Being able to walk across campus and know so many names and faces through my connections from being and SJC and CVC makes UP seem like even more of a home.
What is your favorite thing about the University of Portland?
The community. There is such a sense of home and kindness throughout campus. You can be a mile away but people still hold the door for you. The community is so welcoming and kind.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
As a SMART volunteer, you could of course bet that I love to read. I also love to go hiking and to cook.
Who or what inspires you?
Mother Teresa is such an inspiration. Her drive to help serve those who are the poorest of the poor was not a mission to serve those necessarily living in financial poverty, but those experiencing spiritual and emotional poverty. This spirit of helping those who are the most vulnerable and abandoned by society inspires my desire to serve the community.
What’s something about you that not many people know?
I can wiggle my ears!