Difference Maker Korrine Winstead

Posted on May 31, 2017

Eagle River Youth Coalition
June's Difference Maker is a person who is committed to making a difference in the lives of youth. She's in the throes of parenthood, work and life: raising two girls, volunteering with 4H, Girl Scouts, running the elementary school's PTA for six years and ERYC. She's also helping kids get back on track at her job as a Juvenile Probation Officer for the 5th Judicial District in Eagle.

Some of us might grit our teeth and volunteer because it's what we are supposed to do, or because someone asked, begged or pleaded. Korrine Winstead volunteers because she wants to be a positive role model and as an added bonus, she gets to be a part of her daughters' lives.

"Being part of my community has always been important to me, whether that meant student council, youth group, soccer, and cheerleading as a teen, to now being a parent leader in PTA, 4H, ERYC, and Girl Scouts," Korrine shares. "As my girls continue to grow, my volunteering roles have changed with their interests. Currently my husband and I are leaders of the 4H Horsin' Around Club where we work with youth ages 8 to18 learning horsemanship and showmanship skills. Hard work, discipline, compassion, care of animals, and empathy are just a few of the values that we focus on in our club," Korrine shares.

She admits that her job as a probation officer can be hard and heartbreaking - but also is a catalyst for being such a passionate volunteer. She works with youth who are in the midst of chaos, so they can make positive changes and grow into successful members of our community.. "The success stories that I've seen and been a part of are the leading reasons why I continue the work I do," says the understated Korrine. "Working within the Judicial Branch has been a great opportunity and I enjoy the legal process of the court system and am glad to have the ability to work with kids as they go through it."

Giving back and volunteering can actually somehow create more time and give you insight into your kids' lives, Korrine says.

"I think one of the most important aspects of being a parent is to spend time with your kids - take time to learn about what they are interested in, develop common interests, know their friends, know their friend's parents."

Korrine is a social worker by trade but a volunteer, mother, community leader, board member and full of heart. "I cherish our family time, as I know before I blink the girls will be out on their own."

Still not convinced? According to Psychology Today, Volunteers live longer and are healthier.

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