When Xi sister, Jennifer Young, joined Delta Xi Phi, she had no idea she would be taking on so many responsibilities at her associate chapter. Young is the President, Treasurer, and New Member Educator at Xi. In addition to these responsibilities, she is also the treasurer of the Independent Greek Council at Bowling Green State University, maintains a 3.6 G.P.A., and works at her local Flat Rock Developmental Care Center.
Young joined Delta Xi Phi in the fall of 2008. After checking out the national website, she realized that this sorority was the same one that her cousin (Candice Greathouse) helped found at the University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, so she decided to check it out.
“I loved and still love what the pillars stand for and when I met the girls at the DXP game night, I was hooked. We all meshed so well,” says Young.
Only a semester after she crossed, Young took charge of the chapter due to six graduating members. With only two members left, they basically had to start rebuilding the chapter from scratch. That meant doubling up on executive board positions with Young becoming the President, Treasurer, and NME. That also meant a lot of meetings with Greek Affairs, and the Independent Greek Council.
“I really extended a hand to other chapters even in our time of need to help them if they needed anything that we could help them with. In response, we got a lot of support from chapters who used to not get along with [DXP] in the past,” says Young.
The Xi Associate Chapter has seen much improvement this past year thanks to Young’s persistence. Other sisters helped her through all the tough times she faced this year including National President, Vicki Nelson, and Midwest Regional Advisor, Brandie Morris. Throughout the year, Young relied on the support given from these women and her fellow chapter sister, Ashley Osburn.
“Ashley, thank god she stuck it through with me because it made us grow closer together as sisters and our chapter couldn’t be what it is now without her, Brandie or Vicki being there every step of the way helping me in even the tiniest of ways,” says Young.
On the Independent Greek Council, Young works diligently to make the budget, make sure the council adheres to the budget, and collects dues and fines as necessary. This year, she was able to reallocate over $995 back to chapters who had applied for monetary support as well as eliminate over $500 in unnecessary expenses for the council. Her hard work paid off and she has been nominated for reelection for the 2010-2011 school year.
In addition to her responsibilities in Delta Xi Phi and the Independent Greek Council, Young also works 40 hours a month at her local Flat Rock Developmental Care Center, a center that is home to men and women aged 9 to 52 who are mentally retarded/developmental disabled. She works in a house of boys from 13 to 27 who are all non verbal and have severe behavior issues.
“All are moderately to profoundly [mentally retarded] but I love my job. It keeps me on my toes when I get into their heads to think about what they are attempting to do next and working out a course of action of intervention,” Young says.
Young is attending school to be an intervention specialist with a minor in developmental disorders but would ultimately like to sit on the State Board or the State Education Board of MRDD.
“I love taking on a challenge. It would be so easy for me to be a general education teacher. However, i have low tolerance/patience for laziness but I have all the patience in the world for disabilities — if a person generally is not able to do something physically or cognitively,” says Young of her desire to work with people with mental retardation.
Young works hard throughout the school year, sometimes with severe lack of sleep, and still manages to maintain a 3.6 G.P.A. Not many people would sacrifice so much and still have a high G.P.A.
“I wanted to see this chapter reach its full potential in the time I’m here so after I leave it can continue to grow in the upward position. I believe when someone joins or contributes to something ([like] an organization) that person should leave it in better shape than when they found it,” says Young.