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Helping shape the next generation of innovators

For Odetta, promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics greatly expands the possibilities for volunteerism.

April 24, 2017

Odetta Scott: It has helped me stay connected to the community, to give back and to grow personally and professionally. We are in a really fast-paced environment. Without volunteering, I would not be fulfilled.

Reaching Out Mentor: Odetta Scott, Manager, Reliability, Maintainability and Safety, and Interiors Aftermarket Engineering Focal, UTC Aerospace Systems Question: Who or what motivated you to become a mentor? Odetta Scott: Students in underdeveloped areas need to see positive role models that look like them or that come from similar backgrounds so they are inspired and understand they have a future. They need to have the mentality that “I can get out of where I am today. I have to work hard, start early, but I can be whatever I put my mind to.” Question: If you could give advice to younger students interested in math and science, what advice would you give them? Celeste, age 14, Cesar Chavez Leadership Academy: To find things that are out of their comfort zone and work hard at it. Carmen, age 12, Cesar Chavez Leadership Academy: To work hard and never waste a second in math or science class. Question: How has volunteering affected you personally and professionally? Odetta Scott: It has helped me stay connected to the community, to give back and to grow personally and professionally. We are in a really fast-paced environment. Without volunteering, I would not be fulfilled. National Volunteer Week United Technologies