WINGSLeader Snapshot

Deja Felder, 20

WINGSLeaders are AmeriCorps members who are actively enrolled in college. For 2-4 years they mentor and teach at-risk elementary age kids powerful lessons in social and emotional learning (SEL) while inevitably strengthening their own skills and character. We've seen these bright young leaders soar on to promising careers including principals, teachers, lawyers, marketing execs, youth development workers, and guidance counselors. Studies show 90% of top workplace performers have high Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and this impact is so deep that we recently addressed and added its effect to our Theory of Change.

Deja Felder is a WINGSLeader serving James Simons Elementary School students. We asked her some questions to learn more about her, and here’s what she said:

I am a: Sophomore at College of Charleston

Major: Psychology       Minor: Health

WINGer since: 2012

What career or field are you looking to pursue after graduation?
I would like to be a Psychologist Ph.D. I want to help people with mental disabilities to become mentally strong and pursue daily routines.

What have you learned through your service at WINGS?
I've learned that everyone has a responsibility to fulfill in order to make sure that every child is learning effectively. WINGSLeaders really learn to work as a team and support each other.

Has WINGS changed you in any way (habits, behavior, interactions, perspective, etc.) and how?
WINGS changed my perspective on life. I have a purpose on Earth, and in order for me to fulfill that purpose I have to go out and explore the many different opportunities the world has to offer.

What is your favorite part of WINGS?
Every day I get the privilege of interacting with kids that will grow up and put all they learned at WINGS into action.

What her Program Director, Jessica Lovins says:
"Deja's determination and passion for her job has been one of JSE's greatest blessings this year. She is the definition of perseverance. She is a supportive WINGSLeader that has soared above and beyond to prepare WINGS kids for a positive future."

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