Although her volunteer résumé spans just a few years, Jen Page, client manager for Capital District Physicians Health Plan, has made the most of her opportunities, giving her time to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBS), the American Heart Association, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany.
But the experience that has meant the most to Jen has been the transformation she has seen in her little sister Marisa who she was matched with as part of the BBBS mentoring program. In addition to thinking of Marisa as one of her family, she has seen some big changes in the eleven-year-old girl. Jen recalls feeling frustrated because she didn’t think she was doing enough to help develop her social skills, but in reality, it was just the opposite. Representatives from BBBS pointed out that when the two were first matched Marisa was too shy to even get on the phone and now the young girl knows how to wait her turn to talk, ask questions, and provide answers – she learned how to have a phone conversation with Jen’s help.
While Jen is a mentor to Marisa, she appreciates the relationships she has developed volunteering for other organizations. As a member of the Go Red for Women Passion Committee and Circle of Red, Jen is inspired by the women who give their time to mentor and motivate and values the relationships she is building.