Hi everyone! As the mentors of Team Woodlawn, we are very excited to meet you all, get to know you, and do some awesome service work in the neighborhood!

My name is Aliyah and I am a rising senior at The University of Chicago College studying Comparative Human Development. I’m so happy to be back at SSP because I was a youth leader just like you in the summer of 2012. I had an absolutely transformative experience and loved it. I’m excited to make a full circle and get engaged in some more community service learning and learn about your personal interests and hopes for Woodlawn!

Hi Team Woodlawn! My name is Cindy Camacho and I am currently a graduate student at The School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago. I am from Texas and have lived in Chicago for a couple of years. Engaging in service-learning has been a formative part of my life and has shaped the person I am today. I am so excited to have another service-learning experience with you all as a team. I look forward to learning with you all and enjoying the sun this summer!

Hi everyone! My name is Joseph Kern. Originally from Chicago, I spent my childhood in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood then later moved to Bronzeville for High school. In 2009, I graduated from Whitney Young High School and went on to the University of Pittsburgh to study neuroscience. Since graduating, I have served as a rural health educator with the United States Peace Corps in the small African nation of Zambia. In 2015, I moved back to Chicago to work as a Human Resource Manager for a family-owned podiatry practice before starting at the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine in fall of 2016 and moving to the Woodlawn community. I am incredibly excited about SSP because of the opportunity to learn more about my new home and community. I can’t wait to explore and learn with you all!

For the past week, we have been exploring and learning about different service opportunities in the Woodlawn community. Some of these opportunities include gardening,  neighborhood beautification, some service at our host site- The YWCA, and many more! We cannot wait to hear about what service opportunities you all are interested in in order to make an impact in Woodlawn!

Our collective hopes for SSP are to see that you as youth leaders feel empowered to make social change in the community, and that you can use your voices to speak out to others about your hopes for positive and effective change.

Welcome and see you soon!

-Team Woodlawn

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