My name is Andres Sweetland, Community Outreach Coordinator for our clinic in Colorado Springs. By definition, community is a group of people who share a common place, experience, or interest. I have always felt a desire to serve on a foundational level and am inspired by the passionate personnel of Cultivate for being a focal point of awareness, and hard work that is the driving force behind behavioral change. My journey has been an ongoing experience of redefining my perception to the social and natural needs that the community in which I reside calls for.
A little bit more about me. I started my career working within the realm of environmental action, and social responsibility at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability as an Educator and Director of Outreach. Sustainability is a human and social issue as much as it is “environmental”, the human dimensions side of things is about people and how we can facilitate the success of others.
The Power in Community Outreach:
The Power in Community Outreach can be a culmination of things. Working with others, running with ideas on the next event you are hosting, and clearly being able to communicate are just small pieces that make Outreach essential in nurturing identity. At the very surface of Outreach is educating and acting as a point-person for resources such as our support groups, social groups, and ABA services that Cultivate offers in Colorado Springs.
Responsibilities vary day to day. As the focal point for families navigating autism, there are days where I am the initial point of contact to assist families in navigating our services, as well as working with our BCBAs and RBTs on creating the most seamless experience for the kiddo. The next day might bring a focused effort on or laying foundation for a drive for charity, social group, or our next big community event. Working as an Outreach coordinator is a dynamic-ever evolving process which rewards consistency.
As an Outreach Coordinator, duties can extend beyond your title and encourages you to explore a prosperous future for community, family, and the individual under a creative umbrella. One of my favorite aspects about working at Cultivate is being able to see the creativity in our social efforts. Cool Kids Club is a social group we offer which creates a space for kiddos living with autism to participate in a virtual show and tell. Exploring the passions of these children and seeing the interactions of our staff perfectly captures what it takes to be successful in Outreach. In the end, serving others around you and the community you reside is the key to successful Outreach and what this life is all about!