Tell us a little about yourself:
Southside Chicago native, I grew up attending Chicago Public Schools all the way through high school at Walter Payton College Prepartory High School. I graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May of 2014 with a major in Animal Sciences and a double minor in Leadership Studies and Gender and Women's Studies. I decided to then dedicate a year of service to my hometown.
Why did you choose to serve another year with City Year?
I chose to serve another year with City Year as a Team Leader because City Year is an experience that not only attempts to change the lives of the students we serve, but for me, changed my life in ways that I never imagined. I learned about myself through others: my students, my fellow corps members, and those who supported and guided me through my year of service. I wanted to be able to offer that same support to the next group of individuals who would take care of my students.
What has been your favorite part about city year so far?
My favorite part of City Year has been the knowledge that the relationships that I've formed with those in my beloved community that comes in several forms: the Chicago community, the North Lawndale community, the Herzl community, and my City Year community. At City Year, one of our values is Ubuntu, a term borrowed from the Zulu tribe in South Africa meaning, "I am a person through other people; my humanity is tied to yours." We cannot do this work alone, but together, we can truly move to make better happen.
How do you entertain yourself during your long commute?
To entertain myself during my commute, you might find me reading, working on the daily Red Eye crossword or Sudoko puzzle, or catching up on a few more minutes of sleep.