Tia Tia Scigulinsky of Portsmouth has been selected to participate in AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute or VLI, a rigorous and innovative year-long training program designed to elevate highly skilled and motivated AARP volunteers to the next level of volunteer leadership.  Tia is joined by 33 other exceptional AARP volunteers from across the country, who will meet both in person and virtually throughout the year to build their leadership strengths in one of three chosen “tracks” – advocacy, community outreach or external representation.

AARP is one of the leading volunteer organizations in the nation, with more than 55,000 active volunteers.  Many of them, according to Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond, have the skills and the desire to do even more.  “VLI is an investment in our volunteers – providing resources and opportunities for innovation to take volunteers with proven leadership ability to a new level.  I know of no other organization has created this type of volunteer development experience.”

“Tia embodies all the qualities that distinguish a volunteer who contributes tirelessly to improve a community’s quality of life as a leader as well as by joining collaborative efforts to improve the wellbeing of people who need assistance and support,” said AARP State Director Kathleen Connell. “We are delighted she has been chosen by AARP to benefit from this program and we know her contribution will be embraced by her peers.”

“Volunteering for AARP is a big part of my life for many reasons,” Scigulinksy said. “While I do believe that volunteerism is its own reward, it always helps to feel valued and appreciated. This opportunity illustrates the support AARP gives its volunteers and speaks to the strength the organization continues to add to so many important endeavors in our communities. I am looking forward to a great learning experience.”

“We have an ambitious social change agenda aimed at empowering people 50+ to enjoy the way they live and work today, while reaching their goals for tomorrow” said LeaMond.  ”AARP is able to meet our goals by leveraging the talents, the skills, and the tenacity of our volunteers.”

Pictured below, Tia with Rep. Linda Finn at a recent AARPRI@TheStateHouse day on Smith Hill.

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