My name is Aliya Hancock, I’m a proud Team Leader for the Northwestern Mutual Team at Clarke Street School. In the schools I attended while growing up, there was always a stigma behind Milwaukee Public Schools and their students. I came to City Year to give back to the community that brought me up, and to aid our kids to unlock all their potential and channel their energy and passion into also changing that Milwaukee/MPS stigma. Other passions of mine include music (specifically Nicki Minaj), animals, food, and my religion. My post service plan includes returning to college to pursue my degree in engineering, and continuing to serve my community.
Hometown: Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Hobbies: Reading, hanging out with friends, shopping, and watching Netflix
Favorite City Year Value: Excellence
Why I serve: I serve to say I challenged the school-to-prison pipeline and motivated at least one child to thrive throughout their school career.
I’m Semaj LaShae and I proudly serve as the Team Leader for the Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education. Born in New Orleans, but raised in Georgia, I've always been a southern girl. Every once in a while you might catch me speaking in one of my accents, especially if you catch me on the phone with a family member. I love to travel, and you'll never catch me in the same place for too long. My favorite food is gumbo and in my free time I love reading, writing, taking pictures, researching, and listening to audio-books.
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana, but raised in Georgia after hurricane Katrina.
Hobbies: Snap photos (professional photographer)
Favorite City Year Value: Ubuntu
Why I serve: I serve because I was given everything I needed to become anything I wanted in life, and I believe that every child should have the same opportunities. I serve to help bridge the gap that causes some of our babies to be left behind.