Name: Sawyer Kilen
Title: Volunteer Manager
Before joining Make-A-Wish Arizona: My work background directly relates to working with kids, because I LOVE kids! While obtaining my undergraduate degree in Iowa, I held many positions at the YMCA such as: Cabin Leader and Director of Aquatics for a summer resident camp, Swim Lessons Instructor and Before/After School Childcare Provider. I also have held many Executive Board positions in many non-profit based organizations such as Dance Marathon, Wishmakers on Campus, Colleges Against Cancer and Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.
Education: Bachelors in Nonprofit Management/Youth Development at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in Cedar Falls, Iowa
About me: I am true kid at heart. I am energetic, spunky, fun-loving and have a very adventurous spirit. My passion for life is true in the way that I live because I don’t take a single day for granted and am always striving to live each day to the fullest. Not only do I have a passion for life, but also a passion for helping kids and that is why I am in the business of creating hope, strength and joy. It is a passion that has unexplainable feelings and my only hope is that I can change lives for the better.
Why Make-A-Wish Arizona: Make-A-Wish is an organization that I have wanted to work for ever since I discovered my true passion in life, which was helping kids with life threatening illnesses. This organization for me is a symbol of hope to all children worldwide that are fighting day in and day out knowing they have a strong network of support. I truly believe this is an organization that enhances a child’s life and gives them the will power and strength mentally to keep on going.
What are your strengths: One of my great strengths is the energy, optimism and drive I bring every day! I always try to have a smile on my face, looking at life with a positive attitude and a go-getter attitude. I live life to fullest, taking on every opportunity and adventure that comes my way and will never stop living within my passions. I also am very outgoing, personable and I love solving problems. One the more technical side, I am very organized and have a very strong work ethic.
What are your weaknesses: One of my weaknesses that I have been working hard at is delegation of tasks so that I am not taking on too much and knowing that I can reach out for support from co-workers.
My wish would be: to scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef!