What made you want to work at City Year Milwaukee?
Service has always been a part of my life since I was a little kid. The moment City Year came into my life was when I was finishing my MBA and I had given several years to student affairs. I was looking to come back to my home and give back to my community. Then when I got here, I felt like I was home.
What keeps you here?
Optimizing our impact on students especially in the high school space, and equally important, serving AmeriCorps members and making service a positive experience for them, and one that they grow from. We have a long way to go and I am in it for the long haul to see long term impact.
What has been one of your most memorable experiences at City Year?
All of my memorable experiences were actually having really difficult conversations and feeling like I was going to faint, and actually living through it. There’s usually a weight lifted afterwards, but if I have learned anything that has helped me through these conversations/times (from City Year), it is to accept and expect non-closure.
What is a previous position you held which you felt has prepared you the most for this work?
It was an accumulation of my time in Student Affairs on a college campus but mostly my position as an Assistant Complex Director where I led a Leadership Involvement Team, co-supervised a team of 18 Resident Assistants (shout out to Sierra being on the original squad) ran a non-profit coffee shop, all this while in grad school. Balancing all of those things and then getting very little sleep, has prepared me for this role, as I have encountered some of the same things I face today, previously.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Hopefully being a mother and still making an impact on the Milwaukee community maybe even starting a small farm (I want goats).
What is your biggest dream/ultimate life goal?
Raise children that are proud to call me mom.
Article Written by Alex Williams, City Year Milwaukee Team Leader at Vincent High School