Sarah Siguenza is a communications professional who serves on YNPNdc’s Board of Directors as External Relations Director. She specializes in digital content production for the global development and humanitarian sector and has been described as passionate with a knack for multi-tasking. A DMV native, Sarah has volunteered for YNPNdc for two and a half years. We asked Sarah a few questions about what inspired her to join YNPNdc and the nonprofit sector. Check out her answers below, and be sure to say hello at our next event!
What brought you to the nonprofit world?
As an undergrad at Maryland (go Terps!), I was part of a program that partnered with local, community-led NGOs in the Caribbean. I saw the amazing work they were doing and decided to devote my career to "making a difference."
What's your favorite thing about your job?
The advocacy! We are impacting legislation that has a tangible effect for kids in America and across the world. Kids are the future, and every single one deserves a chance to reach their full potential.
What do you love about volunteering with YNPNdc?
Meeting like-minded professionals and hearing new perspectives from peers.
How have you grown at YNPNdc?
I've become more confident and open to new ideas.
If you could describe YNPNdc in one word, what would it be?
What's the most important life lesson you’ve learned?
Empathy. Everyone has their own story and their own reasoning for believing something. I've found that the best way to make a genuine connection with someone is to try to understand their motivations, passions, and beliefs. Agreeing isn't necessary or important – it's about validating that you hear them. Once someone feels heard, they are more willing to listen.