We are so grateful for those who serve with us whether they’re short term volunteers, Afterschool Teachers, or members of our program staff. This summer, Carlos Vargas joined our team as Afterschool Program Coordinator and we’re excited to introduce you to him!
Born and raised in the Dallas area, Carlos attended UT Arlington before transferring to UT Austin where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. After getting comfortable with the tech hub that is Austin, he desired to find more passion in the world of operations.
Carlos is a sports lover. He plays on Austin’s ultimate frisbee team, Austin Sol. Through his interest in sports, Carlos knew he was interested in the way the human body works. “I like solving puzzles and I realized that the human body is a huge one,” Carlos says on his transition into Physical Therapy.
Carlos found his passion for working with kids through his friendship and caretaker role of a 14-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. “We would have a good time, but we would challenge each other, I would hold him accountable.” Although he faced limits to what he could do, Carlos realized how the boy reacted to that trust and confidence, “I held him to a high standard and realized when he had the motivation, he could do things on his own”.
“I knew I could go back to my work in operations or I could combine my skills to do something I’m more passionate about and that’s where Side by Side Kids comes in!” Carlos realized how rewarding working with kids is and applied to Side by Side Kids.
Carlos’ goals for the upcoming year are for the kids to see the value in the program and to be evangelists in their own communities. “It would be great for them to be so impacted that they feel comfortable discussing what they’ve learned at dinner time with their families or with friends from school”.
On a personal level, Carlos hopes to be a valuable resource to SBSK and develop deep relationships with the other staff members.
We’re sure our students will embrace Carlos and are excited for the great things he’ll bring to our team.
If you’re interested in joining our crew, apply now to serve with us this Fall!