Youth Development Spotlight: Sommer Casto

Sommer Casto is as bright and warm as her name sake. As a Youth Development Specialist, Sommer gets to spread those traits while continuing to fuel her passion for working with kids and teens.

“I know through the Teen Outreach Program and Positive Action I am making a difference in the community.

I want kids and teens to see their full potential and I want them to know that they can reach for their own dreams.”

With dreams of traveling the world (after she finishes binge-watching Scandal, of course), it is apparent Sommer isn’t afraid to try new things. That’s why she loves Family Service. She describes her experiences so far as stretching her to become a better person.

Her favorite moments are when there is a breaking point that leads to connection with the whole group. "It’s after the group has gone past introductions and have just started to get to know each other on a new level. It’s when everyone starts asking questions and caring about what the other members are saying. Each group is different, so each moment is different, but that’s what makes it special."

Sommer has Bachelor’s in Social Work from Radford University. She wants to continue her education with Master’s degree in Social Work, hoping to focus on foster care and adoption. Sommer has followed this career-building advice:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others’” – Martin Luther King, Jr.