SU Student Rebecca Recinos Dedicates Service to Community


Rebecca Recinos is inspired by preschoolers.

Service to the community is a passion for Seattle University student Rebecca Recinos, whose greatest inspiration comes from working with preschoolers.

"I spend a lot of time with preschoolers," says Recinos, a junior liberal studies major. "I love them, their families, their life stories." Recinos is a team leader for Jumpstart, SU's program that pairs students with preschoolers from low-income families for supportive one-on-one relationships that build language, literacy and social skills. In the last academic year, her efforts focused on Prospect Enrichment Preschool, 1919 E. Prospect St. A commitment of 300 hours is required of team leaders, and Recinos has put in more than 400 hours, or roughly 15 hours a week.

Aileah Slepski, manager of Jumpstart, describes Recinos as one of the most passionate community volunteers she has met. "She is dedicated to the community children we work with and is simply remarkable," says Slepski.

This summer, Recinos served as a Shinnyo-en Summer Fellow, an SU program to increase a student's capacity for community and campus leadership while discerning a vocational path. For her fellowship's 20 hours of volunteer work, she chose Childhaven, where the focus is ending preschooler abuse and neglect. She also spends a few hours a week with the Lifelong AIDS Alliance's MPowerment Project, a peer program for queer youth.

It doesn't take a mathematician to recognize this full-time student spends a huge chunk of time in her varied service efforts— and she's been doing service work since the eighth grade.

"It's just about prioritizing," says Recinos. "I base school work around my service. It means a lot of late nights, but I've planned it Rebecca Recinos is inspired by preschoolers. out. I just love getting more involved with the community."

Slepski adds, "I'm not sure how she does it, but she gets it all done and she does well in her studies, too."

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