Q: What is your favorite local restaurant?
The Best Steakhouse. Have you had the tip potatoes and Chicken Monterrey Plate? Amazing!
Q: What are a few songs that pump you up and/or inspire you?
Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing
Future - March Madness
Westside Boogie – Sunroof
Q: How would you describe what you do/how you do your job, to a 10-year-old?
I help schools, students and families perform at their best by providing help in whatever areas they need.
Q: What in your work or life experiences made you think, “You know? I’d like to work at Big Brothers Big Sisters…!”
I have a passion for working with kids and BBBS has a great reputation for doing just that. So, when I found an opportunity to potentially work with a great organization that allowed me to transfer my skills, resources and relationships, as well as continue my passion. It was a no brainer.
I had also previously worked with detained youth at the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center and wanted the opportunity to provide resources and mentorship to kids pre-adjudication.
Q: Can you give an example of an interaction or experience you’ve had that’s made you feel your work is making a difference?
Recently my network partners and I celebrated teacher’s birthdays at a school our ABCToday program supports. We wanted to let the teachers know that we not only appreciate their hard work, but them as human beings, so we got them a card and tasty treat. I personally delivered the gifts and a teacher was brought to tears by the gesture. At that moment I felt very proud to be able to be a blessing in someone’s life.
Q: What’s your fondest or most fun memory of being a new staff member at BBBSEMO?
I started with BBBS during COVID, so I haven’t had many in-person encounters; but this past holiday season I got a chance to meet up with the SOC (Staff of Color Collective) group at the City Foundry and had the best time with my coworkers. We laughed. We joked. And we ate good! It was easily the most fun memory I’ve had as a new staff member with BBBSEMO.