Why I Serve: Reid Tinker

Posted by Wesley Paraham on Mar 11, 2020

March 8-14 is AmeriCorps Week 2020, and we’re celebrating each day by shining a light on one of the dedicated and hard-working AmeriCorps Service Members serving at BRIDGES! 

My name is Reid Tinker. I graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Philosophy. I am currently applying to Master’s Programs in order to become a therapist/ counselor (hopefully I will continue to primarily work with youth in that field). My interests and hobbies are numerous and constantly in rotation. I love to rock-climb, play music, yoga, bike around Memphis, or stay in with my roommates watching movies or playing games. 

My senior year of college was during the 2016 election. Divisive rhetoric seemed to abound everywhere. I wanted to serve with BRIDGES precisely to “build bridges” in an effort to combat the xenophobia our nation was falling further and further into. I chose to serve AmeriCorps, specifically with BRIDGES, to learn and grow in an organization focused on social justice. I want to take the lessons I’ve learned on intersectionality and inclusivity and apply it in my future career as well as my life. I couldn’t ask for a more amazing opportunity. It is such an honor to be serving here!