WINGSLeader Snapshot

Brandon Nicholson, 22

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.

Brandon Nicholson is a WINGSLeader serving S.L. Lewis Elementary School students. We asked him some questions to learn more about him, and here's what he said: I am a: I am a: Senior at Georgia State University

Major: Education

WINGer since: 2012

What career or field are you looking to pursue after graduation?
After I graduate I'd like to pursue teaching and I'm particularly interested in the middle school level. I eventually hope to become a principal, and one day perhaps even a superintendent.

What have you learned through your service at WINGS?
During my time as a WINGSLeader I've learned a lot about myself. I have learned how to "let my WINGS out" and step up as a leader. I've also learned to be more patient.

Has WINGS changed you in any way (habits, behavior, interactions, perspective, etc.) and how?
My time at WINGS has truly made me a better person. My perspective has changed regarding how I view others and I've also become more organized.

What is your favorite part of WINGS?
My favorite thing about WINGS is the kids! I love coming in and seeing the kids in my nest, because you never know what their day has been like, but they're always happy to see you. I also LOVE The Creed because it helps you to remember what kind of outlook you should have on life.

What S.L. Lewis Program Director, Mallory Dorsey, says:
"Brandon is a highly dedicated and passionate individual. He comes in every day with a positive attitude and a desire to make a difference. He is reliable and committed to helping all those around him. Whenever Brandon is asked to complete a task, no matter how tedious or difficult, he does so with a smile on his face. He is a joy to be around and his personality attracts positive energy all around. He has formed strong relationships with not only the kids in his nest, but kids in other nests as well. He comes in early and spends time with the kids in class, showing the kids that he truly cares. Brandon is not only a great WINGSLeader, but he is a great person as well."




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