Julius Gayo
I was born in Federal Way, Washington, and moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado soon after where I grew a love for the outdoors and for reading. In 8th grade, my family moved to Guam where I was home-schooled for a year which allowed my family to travel to several countries including China, Palau, Thailand, and the Philippines, where I got to see where my father had grown up. After that year, we moved back to Colorado where I studied biology, played in marching band and soccer, and met my partner, Molly. Last year, I moved to Milwaukee and joined City Year because I wanted to serve and contribute to a community in a meaningful way. I served as a first year AmeriCorps member in a 6th grade classroom on the Julia A. Uihlein team at Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School.
 My experience was so meaningful to me that I applied for a second year as the Civic Engagement Team Leader and I now have the privilege of helping plan service events for City Year Milwaukee, including our first ever, Kohl’s Cares Day.

Hobbies: I like to garden, walk my dog along the lake, read/watch sci-fi, explore Milwaukee

Favorite City Year value: Teamwork

Why I serve statement:  I serve because I believe every scholar should be in a school where they feel respected, loved, and safe to learn from mistakes, get creative, and develop new skills.

Emily Castillo Quintero
My name is Emily Castillo Quintero and I am the PROUD Team Leader at Bay View High School. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, but raised in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I came to Milwaukee in 2013 and have lived here ever since. I recently completed my Bachelor's of Science at Marquette University in May of 2017. After I graduated I knew I wanted to take a break from school while still serving the community I had fallen in love with, which led me to City Year Milwaukee. I served in Corps 8 as a first year AmeriCorps member from July 2017-June 2018. I proudly served on the Rockwell Automation Team at Rogers Street Academy in a fifth grade bilingual classroom. I fell in love with our work and wanted to continue to serve our students, which led to my return as a Team Leader.

Hobbies: Dancing, learning (about anything but mostly health, languages, and cultures), listening to music, photography - I love getting my picture taken but also taking pictures and finding new locations for picture taking, and traveling - I love to explore new places and experience life in different locations. 

Favorite City Year value: Service to a cause greater than self

Why I serve: "I serve to make sure every student gets the resources, support, and love they need in order to succeed in a system that sets them up for failure. I serve to be a mentor, role model, and coach for those who need one. I serve because our youth is the future and I believe in the power of young people. I serve because I strongly believe that it takes a village to raise a child and I am happy to be a part of that village."

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