New Staff Member

Hello everyone,

My name is Iris Pavitt and I’m overjoyed to announce that I am the new Volunteer & Administrative Coordinator here at Rain City Rock Camp. I was a camper, intern, and volunteer for many years at Rock Camp in Portland, OR, and can’t wait to get to know the Rain City community. Being a volunteer at Rock Camp was an extremely formative and rewarding time for me, and I’m looking forward to ensuring that all our volunteers have an amazing (and maybe even life-changing!) experience at camp.

Before coming to Rain City, I was an AmeriCorps member with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Youth Employment and Service Learning Unit for nearly two years. Our summer and after-school programs for teenagers focused on youth-led advocacy, research, and action. The incredibly talented youth that I worked alongside conducted peer research on the impacts of the school to prison pipeline, used photography and a community mural to document gentrification in the Central District, and reflected on their life experiences to confront underlying causes of systemic injustice. The lessons I learned from this position about successful youth programming, the benefits of experiential learning, and mentorship will definitely inform the work that I do here at Rain City Rock Camp.

Until I get to know you all, here’s some more facts about me:

-I don’t currently play an instrument, but I’m hoping to learn the drums so that my girlfriend and I can start a surf rock band.

-I love all animals and have a cat named Foot Foot (named after the mascot from the Shaggs).

-In my free time I love making zines, working in my garden, reading, and taking walks around the city.

-I have worked for an organic farm, a family-owned bodycare business, the historical archives of my alma mater, and my hometown library.

I hope to meet you all soon; I just know 2019 is going to be a stellar year!

Affectionately yours,

Iris