Through YLS, John Rozsa is able to continue his philanthropic work after a career change to the private sector. Read on to learn about his role on the Volunteer Committee, his job at NCSA Athletic Recruiting and why he loves The NBA on TNT.
Why did you join YLS, and what is your current role with YLS?
I joined YLS because I wanted to continue making a positive difference in my work and surrounding area community after switching from the non-profit world to the private sector. My current role in YLS is with the Volunteer Committee and I’m excited to help empower my colleagues by providing them with “give-back” opportunities.
Tell us about that role and what some of your goals are for the remainder of this year?
In this role we are tasked with generating not only opportunities, but also interested volunteers who want the chance to serve Chicago. Everyone we work with has a very different service background so we are looking to create a diverse array of service events to engage interested parties through United Way into Chicago’s communities. For the rest of this year we will be looking to increase our goals in the areas of service hours completed and unique volunteers.
There are so many good non-profit opportunities. What makes YLS the right option for you?
YLS has been great for me thus far because of their service guidance, positive attitude, opportunities to give back and the option to build your professional network. The people I have met are all young difference makers in Chicago and YLS serves as the platform to bring more young professionals together to make a sustainable impact in the city’s most at-risk communities.
Tell us about a volunteer project you have done with YLS and why these opportunities are such a great way for people to get to know YLS.
The next best service day will be with the Kelly Hall YMCA in Humboldt Park on March 2. This is a Produce Day where we will be providing families who do not have access to fresh food on a daily basis and education on the importance of a healthy lifestyle. All service events have different levels of engagement, difficulty, etc. This is a great chance to impact a need in Chicago, United Way and YLS.
What are your favorite things about YLS?
My favorite things about YLS are the people we serve, the communities we impact and the professionals I will be serving alongside. United Way is phenomenal with identifying what is needed in communities by becoming a part of the fabric of those communities. YLS provides the insight, the knowledge and the vehicle to make change in a way that helps build not only Chicago but also the individual who serves as well.
What would you say to someone interested in joining YLS?
This committee has helped me build my professional and personal network base while helping others realize their own service potential. I think there’s no greater good than helping others realize just how great it is to serve others. Not to mention we also have a lot of fun in the process.
What causes are most meaningful for you to support?
The most meaningful efforts that I’m looking forward to continue supporting is through our education initiatives. There’s a crisis in public education and it is all of our responsibility to help impact this positively. Like many Chicagoans, I have personally taken financial control over my own education and it showed me the value of education. This is why I have dedicated my life to serving others and it has been great to partner with so many great like-minded individuals through YLS who also share the vision of ensuring kids enter school ready to learn and getting them on track to graduate.
Tell us about your day job and what you like about it?
I currently work for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. We are the exclusive athletic recruiting network that educates, assists, and connects families, coaches and companies. Our mission at NCSA is empowering leaders through sports. We utilize our cutting edge technology, a network of solid relationships, and a passionate team of experts to help student-athletes reach their full potential. We’ve helped more than 50,000+ student-athletes reach the college level and receive more than $2.4 billion in scholarships, aid and grants. And 90 percent of our student- athletes have committed to play college athletics in 25 different sports.
Some fun ones:
Favorite TV show? The NBA on TNT. Doesn’t matter who is playing, I can’t get enough of Charles Barkley.
Favorite book? 1984 (I’m rereading my favorite HS classics)
Favorite movie? Trading Places or Uncle Buck
What are your iPod favorites? Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Doves, Black Keys, and Radiohead
What are your biggest hobbies? Starting to run 5Ks, trying new Pale Ales, and spending time with family and friends