Tell us about you.
I was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I received my Bachelors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in Community Health Education and a minor in Non Profit Management. I am passionate about youth and families and have worked in the Community Development field with the YMCA of Greater Richmond since 2008 and most recently for Communities In Schools of Richmond as of August of 2014. I volunteer as Vice Chair/ Programs Chair with Young Nonprofit Professional Network of Richmond (YNPN RVA) helping to create networking and learning opportunities for Greater Richmond’s current and aspiring nonprofit professionals. I hope to gain a deeper knowledge of politics to help advocate for youth and families in the Greater Richmond Community.
What is the focus of your work, the need you are addressing?
Our unique model positions Site Coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. We partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers. Whether it’s food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance or a positive role model, Communities In Schools of Richmond is there to help. Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
The most rewarding part of my work are the relationships that are built with students, families and staff. When you have established trust with an individual and are sought out as a safe place to share frustrations and receive help there is no better feeling.
What are some major challenges you have faced and how you handled them?
Our students’ needs are vast and my school has almost 1,000 youth. I would like to communicate and work with all of our youth, but it just isn’t possible. I remind myself to live and serve one day at a time, one person at a time.
What’s coming next for you and/or for your organization that really excites you?
I am looking forward to taking lesson in Spanish!
How are you leveraging ConnectVA to achieve your mission?
Anything else you would like to share?
As a young professional in the nonprofit sector I have enjoyed networking, mentoring and learning from other professionals in various areas. I would encourage non profit professionals to check out YNPN RVA! You can find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ynpnrva and on the ConnectVA website: https://www.connectva.org/ynpn-rva/.