I'm currently finishing my resume, and am hoping to be accepted into a new grad program at an Emergency Room.
I was a certified rape crisis counselor in my state and volunteered with a nonprofit rape crisis center as an advocate and (unofficially) on their speaker's bureau for a little over a year and a half. During that time I made contact with an employee at a teen safe house in my area. She had mentioned in my crisis counselor training class that some of the teens in the house, specifically teens who were survivors of human trafficking needed a tutor for their high school Biology class. She mentioned that she was searching for a Biology tutor that could volunteer their time, who was already vetted, and who could also be sensitive to the survivors and their experiences. The whole thing needed to be done quickly and kind of unofficially because she didn't have time to formally background check anyone or have them apply to volunteer with the safehouse because their girls had an exam in two weeks.
I had been a tutor, study group leader, and lab Teacher's Assistant for several upper division university biology classes so I offered to volunteer to help. I met with the woman and one of the girls twice at a starbucks (the safe house was about an hour away so we met halfway) and I tutored for about two hours each time. The thing is that we only met twice and the professional relationship fizzled out due to the fact that we were so far away from each other and we were navigating her schedule, the girl's schedule, and mine (which included nursing school
, working, TAing, teaching, and volunteering with the crisis center). But this experience was significant for me as a person and for my growth, even though it was short.
I don't know if it matters or not, but I hope to eventually work part time as a SART nurse while working full time in the ER, and dream of someday making contact with the teen safehouse again after I get established as a nurse, and possibly doing a pre-nursing mentorship program for any of the teens who would be interested. I would absolutely love to be able to do that. I also volunteered as a highschool soccer coach for three years, so helping and mentoring young people is extremely important to me. I also know that the place where I'm applying to (my dream job) has sent their ER nurses to youth camps for young people who have been victimized by violence and crime, so I believe this experience shows that take their mission and values very seriously.
I'm just a little hesitant to put an experience on my resume that I cannot give a reference for, and that was so short. I don't think the woman would remember me at this point, and I have since lost her phone number.
Thank you so much for your advice!