Isabel grew up in Austin, Texas. She stayed in Austin to attend St. Edward’s University and study Social Work. Isabel will be serving at HIAS Pennsylvania. She chose to be an Augustinian Volunteer to grow as a person and for the opportunity to view the world from a different perspective. She is excited to create new relationships and do her best serving her new community.
I, Isabel Prado, commit myself to be an Augustinian Volunteer, to take a leap of faith and embrace the experiences both within my community and my site.
Share one of your favorite quotes.
“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think” – Christopher Robin (A.A Milne)
How did you develop a passion for service?
I developed a passion for service my freshman year of college. I would volunteer once a week. Through this volunteering my eyes were opened to so many injustices just in my area and helped me see the world with a broader view. I continued to participate in service opportunities and saw just how much good came from it, not only for the populations and communities we were serving but for those doing the service as well.
Name one of your favorite musical artists.
What’s a favorite book of yours or a recent book you read?
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
Share an issue you’re passionate about and why.
An issue I am passionate about is childhood trauma. I think that trauma in general is not talked about enough and it feeds right into a lot of mental health issues. I find trauma really interesting and how it can affect a person in so many different ways, especially in children. Trauma is something that I believe a lot of people have whether they realize it or not and discussion about it should be normalized. Child trauma is especially important to me because the effects that trauma has can continue into adulthood causing long term effects.
Best moment as an AV to date?
Jammin’ in the kitchen!
What do you like most about living in your new city so far?
I really like that you can walk or take public transportation pretty much anywhere.
One word that describes your community-living experience is…