The. Best. People. Like, Ever.

Volunteers are at the core of just about everything we do at New Era. And for that, we think volunteer are priceless–worth a lot and not for sale.

Thousands of committed volunteers have helped make the magic happen at New Era over the years. We couldn’t possibly list them all, but here’s a peak at a few of them to give you a taste:

Kristine Guttierrez

What do you get busy with outside of New Era?

School, event organizing, rapping, dancing, having a good time with friends and most importantly building a plan to (passionately and smartly) rule the world.

How will you be saving the world 20 years from now?

By building and running an empire based on social change and justice – I’m talking about changing every influential industry (music, journalism, entertainment, finance) to have a more ethical, moral foundation.

Favorite New Era Memory:

I attended the Western Conservative Summit to write an article for New Era News, and had a very quick but almost paralyzing elevator experience with Michele Bachmann. I’ll leave it at that. I also loved attending the 2010 Election Celebration in Denver, representing New Era Colorado.

Most important political issue to you (and why):

Everything is equally important since we live in such a connected world, but women’s rights are definitely close to my heart. At times I’m shocked that a woman’s rights – which are inherently human rights – are thrown around and played by politicians as minor issues that merit questioning and uncertainty, which only reveals that women are still second class citizens whose rights are not valued as much as a male. However, seeing old, aging white male politicians discuss whether us females deserve simple rights inspires me to be everything that all those politicians fear or doubt women might become: better leaders.

Favorite New Era Event:

Every volunteer drive – because it was one of the few moments I can be my usual loud, crazy self and not be frowned upon.

Favorite political personality:

Abe Lincoln, the Vampire Hunter. And Kanye West.

 

Tere Villavicencio

What do you get busy with outside of New Era?

Mostly school and sometimes work. I also waste quite a lot of time indulging in pop culture.

How will you be saving the world 20 years from now?

I’d like to be involved in some sort of work that empowers women in Latin America. Or maybe become a teacher… Twenty years is a long time from now!

Favorite New Era Memory:

My first Meet the Candidates was a pretty fantastic event.

Most important political issue to you (and why):

Equality, I feel it encompasses a broad range of issues.

Favorite New Era Event:

ROLL CALL! (particularly in Denver)

Favorite political personality:

Patricia Mercado

 

Demi DeLoach

What do you get busy with outside of New Era?

Outside of New Era, I am a member of the first African American Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. With the help of this organization I am able to continue servicing the community by: promoting leadership development among young girls, lobbying for health initiatives, advocating against global poverty, implementing economic security initiatives in low income communities, and advocating for social justice and human rights. I’m a senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be graduating in May 2012 with a degree in Political Science and a certificate in Peace and Conflict Studies.

How will you be saving the world 20 years from now?

Twenty years from now I’ll be old, 42 to be exact. By that time I hope to have honed my skills in PR/Politics and continue to give back to the public as a public affairs specialist. Ultimately, I want to continue to doing what I do now and that is give back to the people who have given their time and assistance to me.

Favorite New Era Memory:

One of my favorite memories at New Era was when my fellow intern Rachel and I built the first Vote Bot. I really hated it at first but it was a genius idea and I was probably the best dancer in the Vote Bot to date.

Most important political issue to you (and why):

The most important political issue to me is poverty and equality. Poverty and equality are a never ending fight that I personally will always have a attachment to as an African American woman. People struggling with the poor economy, high employment, inflation, and so on are often mistreated or without a home. Ultimately these people need us the most.

Favorite New Era Event:

My favorite event hands down was the Denver Pride Fest/parade. We had an army of Vote Bots and the New Era bus followed behind us. We pretty much stole the show all while getting a great message out to the public (VOTE).

Favorite political personality:

My favorite political personality is Hillary Clinton. I like that she rules with an iron fist. She has the ability to be a great president- Hillary Clinton 2016!!!!!

 

Julia Martinez-Harrington

What do you get busy with outside of New Era?

Staring at the mountains, Googling pictures of Corgis, watching College Humor Videos and fly-fishing

How will you be saving the world 20 years from now?

Hopefully in 20 years I will be Kanye West.

Favorite New Era Memory:

My first Trick or Vote.

Most important political issue to you (and why):

Equal access to education is a very important issue to me. I do not think that the determining factor of a child’s success should be their parents economic status!

Favorite New Era Event:

I love bus trips, to make canvassing a youth oriented event. To go to my peers to talk about politics while wearing theme costumes, (example. Mustaches), is a great event that New Era does.

Favorite political personality:

John Stewart…. Obvi

 

Adam Estroff

What do you get busy with outside of New Era?

In terms of getting busy that would have to be the job. I also spend my time enjoying the mountains, walking places, swimming, and reading.

How will you be saving the world 20 years from now?

I hope to be an example of (part) of a life well lived. Hopefully while advocating in my community for sustainable practices and social justice.

Favorite New Era Memory:

The feeling in the room as the results shifted in our favor on 2B and 2C. The returns from Election Day showed people power triumph over big money. The energy and community were electric, and I will never forget it.

Most important political issue to you (and why):

Sustainability. I think that there are many difficult changes that people need to face to make sure there is a good future for our generation.

Favorite New Era Event:

Trick or Vote 2011. I brought a veteran and a first time canvasser with me. People were excited to find out where to vote, and what is better than being rewarded with candy?

Favorite political personality:

Bill McKibben- I admire the passion and honesty in his speech. His commitment to dealing with global climate change is inspiring.