Class of 2021: Student helps provide community to children in need

Class of 2021: Student helps provide community to children in need

Hannah Hair

Tell me about your major, what led you down that path?

I chose business administration and management wanting to go into the nonprofit sector. My grandfather is the CEO of a foster care organization in Florida, Children in Crisis. I fell in love with what he did, what the staff did and taking care of the kids. I chose management because I want to be a leader in that industry, and make it better.

What do you want to change in foster care?

My dream is to be part of a nonprofit working in community engagement, with foster care specifically. In the United States, there is a large failure by states to raise children. Children need communities and they need loving people around them, and I want to be that person that gives that to them.

Hannah Hair
Hannah Hair

What prompted you to work with Children in Crisis?

I went there the summer after my freshman year of high school, and I just fell in love with it. I loved meeting people, and I loved going out and meeting people. I loved really engaging with the staff and learning what each one of them did. And I loved being around the kids, just knowing that they were in an environment that they were cared for, that they were getting an education. I just fell in love with that way of helping these kids and putting them in good environments, and I just kept coming back.

What do you love about the work you want to do?

It's amazing to watch a kid who's sad and broken, become a kid who's thriving, who's happy, who loves life and other people. Just seeing their smiles and their hearts change is overwhelming to me, sometimes. It's amazing. And it's something that I really want to get into doing and helping with.

What are hobbies you enjoy outside of your work?

I really like being outdoors. I love walking, hiking and biking. I love playing flag football. I played on one of our intramural football teams for two, two of my three years being here. And I really love to read, as well, whenever I get the chance, which is not often, as I have found. I also spend a lot of time with my church community at the Branch Church Milledgeville.

Where do you want to go from here?

I'm graduating in just a couple of weeks, and I don't know what the next step is yet. But ideally, I want to be around kids, to be really impacting them, and to just make an impact with anyone that I can.