WINGSLeader Snapshot

Courtney Hambrick, 21

WINGSLeaders are AmeriCorps members who are actively enrolled in college. For 2-4 years they mentor and teach elementary age, at-risk kids powerful lessons in social and emotional learning (SEL) while inevitably strengthening their own skills and character. We've seen them soar on to promising careers including principals, teachers, lawyers, marketing execs, youth development workers, and guidance counselors.

These young leaders are a bright light in our world. Studies show 90% of top workplace performers have high Emotional Intelligence (EQ). This impact is so deep that we recently addressed and added its effect to our Theory of Change.

I am a: Senior at Spelman College

Major: Psychology

WINGer since: 2012

What career or field are you looking to pursue after graduation?
I'm aiming to obtain a Masters degree and ultimately work at a psychiatric ward.

What have you learned through working at WINGS?
I've learned patience and developed a better understanding of kids and how to work with them. I've also learned how to successfully handle situations whether they are positive or negative with kids or adults.

Has WINGS changed you in any way (habits, behavior, interactions, perspective, etc.) and how?
WINGS has made an impact on my child rearing techniques and changed my overall outlook on how to teach and interact with kids. I've even used WINGS and SEL techniques and curriculum with my nephew which has made a difference, and benefitted him greatly.

What is your favorite part of WINGS?
The kids! They are amazing and I enjoy being able to come in and interact with them in a meaningful way.

What her Program Director Says:
"Courtney has an infectious positive outlook that makes an impact with both WINGS staff and kids. It seems that everyone who comes in contact with her can't help but absorb and spread her great energy. She has so much passion serving these kids and is always looking to learn about how she can help them even more. It’s been great to have such a dedicated and reliable person on staff. Even when Courtney is stressed or having a bad day, she still gives her all and is Ms. Fun-Loving Courtney for the kids. Staff and kids know that they can count on Courtney to be a supportive friend, and I could not imagine WINGS at S.L. Lewis without her."




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