Every quarter at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, the agency votes to recognize an outstanding team member who has gone above and beyond.
This past quarter, the All-Star is our customer relations specialist Jasmine Navarrette.
She graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her experience as an intern for a local nonprofit inspired her to find a job where she could make a difference in someone’s life. While working at an auto dealership, she decided to apply at Big Brothers Big Sisters down the street and was hired a day later. Jasmine has now been an important part of the team for more than a year, and continues to display her top-notch customer service each and every day.
Get to know more about Jasmine:
- Jasmine was a violinist in elementary school, and loved to play the theme song from “Titanic.”
- She attended a modeling and acting school for two years during high school, where she met her future BBBS co-worker, Tivoli.
- Jasmine also volunteers as a youth leader at her church.
Who is an important mentor in your life and why?
Ariel Yarrish from Habitat for Humanity of OC has been a very important mentor in my life. She motivated me to look for a job in the nonprofit sector, and taught me so many useful skills during my internship. I’ve volunteered many times with her own organization, Future in Humanity, which raises awareness to end homelessness, and offers different resources.
What is your favorite memory working at BBBS?
I loved working at the Children’s Business Fair this year and seeing all their creative ideas. Big for a Day is another fun event too. I recently had a volunteer who had such a great experience that she came up to me and said she wanted to become a volunteer in the traditional program. It was amazing to see firsthand the kind of impact this event can have on not only the Littles but the volunteers as well.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job at BBBS?
My job can be very emotional sometimes, especially when it involves parents who want to help their kids, but don’t exactly know what to do.