Deans Volunteer to Support Ronald McDonald House Teen Ambassadors

Feb. 10, 2014 -- Several members of CNM’s Deans Council spent Sunday afternoon volunteering their time with Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico’s Teen Ambassadors.
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Working one-on-one with high school students, they devoted the afternoon to teaching them interviewing skills at the Ronald McDonald House in Albuquerque.

“It was a very worthwhile experience,” said Sydney Gunthorpe, CNM vice president of Academic Affairs. “The students wanted to learn real-world skills that can eventually lead them on a path to career success.”

He noted that the Deans Council has made a commitment to do at least one community event each term. Participating at Sunday’s professional development session with Gunthorpe were John Bronisz, dean of the School of Applied Technologies; LouAnne Lundgren, dean of the School of Adult & General Education; John Cornish, dean of the School of Math, Science & Engineering; and Lis Turkheimer, Academic Affairs executive director.

The Teen Ambassador program was created to build awareness among teens of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico and the programs it supports in the community. Through participation in this program, young people learn leadership skills, how a non-profit organization works and how to develop, promote and implement their ideas.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico is a nonprofit organization that provides a temporary home away from home in Albuquerque for families with ill children. It runs a 30 bedroom lodging facility located near many of Albuquerque’s hospitals and medical treatment facilities. Rooms are provided to families with ill children at low or no cost and the house provides the families with complimentary laundry and meals each day for up to five family members. The families staying at the house are welcome to stay anywhere from one night to several months.