Hello SSP 2016 Youth Leaders for Team Woodlawn! Allow us, your student mentors, to introduce ourselves.

Hi, I’m Quinn Rosenthal. I’m a student at the University of Chicago Divinity School, and I just finished my second year out of three towards a Masters of Divinity Degree. A lot of people ask what Divinity School means, and it’s basically that I’m getting the degree that you need in order to become a pastor, or other religious professional. Before I came here, I grew up in Wheaton, Illinois, in the western suburbs about an hour outside of the city. I went to Wheaton Warrenville South High School where I played football and Scholastic Bowl. I then went on to college at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, where I played football for another four years and was a leader of the campus Christian fellowship. My future plans include becoming an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and either working in a church or as a hospital chaplain. In my free time, I watch the Cubs, game on my PC, and play board games with my friends. Looking forward to a great summer with y’all!

Hello! My name is Maya Shaked and I’m a second year college student at the University of Chicago double majoring in Statistics and East Asian Studies. I grew up around Boston, one of the few cities that I almost enjoy as much Chicago. In my free time I enjoy reading, hanging out with my pet lizard, venturing out on CTA adventures, and eating fruit. I am super excited to get to know the Woodlawn neighborhood with you all and to take on some fun, impactful service projects.

Hi, everyone! I’m Eva Huang. I just finished my first year of the two-year Master of Arts degree at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (this is the graduate degree you get to become a social worker). I moved to Chicago from California last September. I like to read, travel, explore Chicago, and find live music/theater events in my free time. I’m excited to meet you all and work with you this summer!

We just finished our first day on the ground in Woodlawn. It was 95 and humid, so it was a difficult day even just walking around trying to get the lay of the land, but it ended up being pretty productive. We made connections at The Experimental Station at Blackstone Bicycle Works, which will be out home base for the summer, as well as the YWCA Laura Parks and Mildred Francis Center. We also had a long and fruitful meeting with 20th Ward Alderman Willie B. Cochran, and even learned a little bit about the history of the Blues in Chicago. We’re looking forward to working with Blackstone Bicycle Works’ Summer Meals Program and camp, helping out senior citizens at Martin Farrell House, along with whatever else we can do to help out the neighborhood. It’s going to be a fun summer with the best team in the city! Welcome to SSP!