TiLT Volunteer Spotlight: Lena Marie Devlin

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TiLT Overview

To highlight our Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT) program, we’re spotlighting some of our current and former volunteers, learning about their involvement in the program, and seeing how their experience has continued to impact them. Brunswick County 4-H TiLT youth volunteer teaching program trains youth volunteers ages 13-18, to deliver in-school, after-school, and summer programs that teach healthy living, STEM, good stewardship, and environmental awareness of the resources in Brunswick County. See our 4-H Teens in Leadership Training page for more information about the program.

Lena Marie Devlin

Headshot of Lena Marie Devlin with following text to the right of image. TiLT Volunteer Spotlight. Lena Marie Devlin. How did volunteering with TiLT help you when choosing a college or career path? I believe community service and working with others taught me how to care for others. Also introduced me to populations of people I would never have met before. I think it’s made me a better caregiver because I’m about to relate to others easier... I was able to experience working with youth and as I’m becoming a nurse it’s made me believe that I want to be a pediatric nurse.

When did you serve in TiLT?

2013-2018.

What is your favorite memory from serving as a TiLT volunteer?

My favorite memory was going to the national 4-H conference to teach Be a Bone Builder to other teens so they could hopefully teach it in their own communities.

How did volunteering with TiLT help you when choosing a college or career path?

I do think that TiLT and 4-H and general helped me understand people on a one to one basis better. I believe community service and working with others taught me how to care for others. Also introduced me to populations of people I would never have met before. I think it’s made me a better caregiver because I’m about to relate to others easier. As I don’t have a lot of young children in my home or church, I was able to experience working with youth and as I’m becoming a nurse it’s made me believe that I want to be a pediatric nurse.

What is one other way TiLT has helped you? (e.g., public speaking, making friends, learned something new, etc.)

TiLT helped me develop public speaking skills in a professional session. As a college student, I’ve been told several times during scholarship interviews that my interview skills and public speaking skills are like no other. It also makes me more confident in introducing myself when I walk into a patient’s room.

One more question! Tell us a little bit about you, now! What are you doing and where are you? What are your future plans, etc…

I’m working as a CNA. I’m going to BCC for my RN. I want to get my BSN when I get done at BCC.

TiLT Youth Volunteer Program

Interested in learning more about the TiLT Youth Volunteer Program? Contact Morgan King, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, by emailing morgan_king@ncsu.edu, or Angie Lawrence, 4-H EFNEP Nutrition Educator, by emailing angie_lawrence@ncsu.edu. To reach us by phone, call 910-253-2610.