For the past three years, YPT has been privileged to receive generous gifts from ITT Defense and Information Solutions in Virginia. In July 2011, YPT reached out to ITT HR Programs Coordinator Suzanne Mann and ITT Contracts Coordinator Jane Hans to thank them for supporting YPT students and to learn more about what inspires them to keep giving.
YPT: First, tell us a little bit about yourselves. What do you like to do for fun?
Suzanne: We both like to run when we can find the time. We also enjoy relaxing with our husbands and traveling as much as possible. We have both been to Italy in recent years. We love Italian food and wine!
YPT: And now for a very important question - If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to play the lead role?
Suzanne: Jennifer Aniston.
Jane: Zooey Deschanel!
YPT: How did you learn about YPT?
Jane: I found out about YPT when my cousin’s daughter Sophie ReVeal’s play "Allie in Blunderland" was selected to be performed. It was a wonderful experience to see how YPT directly engaged with the local community and truly inspired a young playwright.
YPT: What inspired you to give?
Suzanne: The organization’s direct engagement with the local community and the heart of their mission to nurture the intellectual, artistic, and personal development of young people, helping them find their "inner light" of self-confidence, sensitivity, creativity, and leadership. Our company was also impressed by YPT’s outreach to all children and young adults, including those in juvenile detention centers.
YPT: What was the giving process like for you? What impact has it had on your company, and what impact do you hope your gifts will have on YPT students?
Jane: Giving to important organizations like YPT feels wonderful. We are lucky to work for a company that values the importance of charitable giving, and that empowers us to make decisions regarding which organizations we should support. We hope that the kids continue to grow their writing skills and that this experience will provide a wonderful career or hobby for them throughout their lives.