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Posted: March 23, 2020

Selfless Senior Spotlight

Aleksia Minetos of Sandia High School

“Over the course of my high school career, I always had a set idea of what the term ‘community service’ meant. Community service really just meant service to me, which was helping others and volunteering. It wasn’t until I was introduced to the incredible nonprofit and philanthropic sector of New Mexico, where I met an amazing array of New Mexicans who taught me to put the “community” back in community service. After seeing the endless work they were doing to help improve the City of Albuquerque, I couldn’t help but feel proud and excited of what this community actually is. Through participating in the Community Builders Program and interning with Swimming with Elephants publications, I saw how the nonprofit sector creates a sense of community, which is through combining forces to unite and support one another. Through the opportunities I have been given, I have learned you need community, just as much as you need service. I’m thankful for being able to work with the nonprofit and philanthropic sector and all the work they do because it’s brought me closer with my community and given me direction for what I want to do later in life, which is to join these leaders in their efforts to turn Albuquerque into a community to be proud of.”

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