Rudy Amaya is a second-year student at the University of La Verne studying Radio Broadcasting. He is involved in university and religious work that thrive to engage and support community members. At the university, he works for the Office of Civic and Community Engagement as a student ambassador and design/technology support for both the office and its community partners. By presenting on technology and marketing within service he hopes to aid community-oriented programs to effectively and efficiently use the resources that are readily available to them. He is also an executive board member of the University's First Generation Club, a newly created student organization dedicated to supporting first generation college students.Amaya also works for the Church of the Brethren as a denominational young adult committee member and the children's director for his local Hispanic-serving congregation. He aims to empower both children and parents to work together in order to thrive in areas they are passionate. Building up self-worth and opportunities to expand beyond what they have known in academic and spiritual areas. Amaya is dedicated to serve his community and help others see that "service is community" through love, peace, and joy.
When you serve others you discover community. For many years during junior and senior high school I was verbally and physically harassed by my peers. My perspective on the community was distorted not because I was in pain, but because I wasn't in service. All I knew was that if the community was what caused me pain I didn't want to be a part of it. Thankfully, I was able to start serving because that's where I discovered community starts with me. My perspective shifted from what can they do for me, to what can I do for us. I was able to discover and put into service abilities and skills in areas such as technology, music, and public speaking. My hope is to empower children to find community through service and discover themselves along the way.