Coordinator of the Month: Ruby Hoose
Name: Ruby Hoose
Hometown: Portland, Maine
College Attended / Major: Wake Forest University, Communication and Spanish
HealthCorps School Placement: Palm Springs High School in Palm Springs, California
Fun Fact: I was born into a traveling family band.
Jeffrey Hartinger: How did you become involved with HealthCorps?
Ruby Hoose: As a teenager, I dreamed about becoming a high-profile PR executive or a lawyer. This dream changed when a nutritionist opened my eyes to the impact that an individual can have on establishing a healthy community. I realized that I wanted to help others through community health, but I wasn’t sure how. My final year of college, I volunteered to help elementary school girls train for a 3.1 mile race. The experience was transforming. Helping young people make healthier choices inspired me to become a HealthCorps Coordinator.
JH: What has been the highlight of your placement so far?
RH: I enjoy playing a role in students’ lives. I love to help students flourish as learners in the classroom, chefs in the kitchen, and leaders in the community. Students challenge me to learn more, but also to have more fun.
JH: Outside of the classroom, what are some of the activities that you are involved with?
RH: I lead student volunteer efforts at soup kitchens, teach yoga demos at health fairs, and encourage teachers to get involved in community hikes.
I also love cooking up a storm with Teen Battle Chef (TBC) students after school. One TBC highlight was organizing a “student cooking battle” at the local farmers’ market. Additionally, I organized yoga classes for teachers; you can find us movin’ and groovin’ each Thursday after school.
JH: What do you plan to pursue after your service to HealthCorps is complete?
RH: When I started working as a Coordinator, I hoped to be a nutritionist. However, community experiences have broadened my horizons. After HealthCorps, I now hope to use my Spanish-speaking, networking, and leadership skills to make a difference. Helping students lead healthier lifestyles is my passion.
JH: What is one thing you have learned from your placement that you will be able to carry with you as you move forward in life?
RH: I have learned to meet people half way. Though I would love to see students jump for joy at the sight of kale chips, that doesn’t always happen. Working with students to set tangible goals, like choosing white milk rather than chocolate, has been a wonderful learning experience.
We want to thank Ruby Hoose for her exceptional work and congratulate her for being this month’s coordinator of the month.