WINGSLeader Snapshot

Arielle White, 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.

Arielle White is a WINGSLeader serving Memminger Elementary School students. We asked her some questions to learn more about her, and here's what she said:

I am a: Junior at Charleston Southern University

Major: Psychology         Minor: Computer Science

WINGer since: 2012

What career or field are you looking to pursue after graduation?
After graduating, I plan to become a computer Programmer, creating databases for psychological analysis.

What have you learned through your service at WINGS?
Through my service at WINGS I have learned more about myself. The skills that we teach not only help the kids, but they also help me. I have learned how to better deal with stress which is something that comes with being a college student.

Has WINGS changed you in any way (habits, behavior, interactions, perspective, etc.) and how?
I've grown more socially aware and strive to live the Creed every day.

What is your favorite part of WINGS?
I love everything about WINGS, but if I had to pick a favorite part I would say that it's learning more about people that are unique and differ from myself.

What Chicora Elementary Peace Manager, Yancy Martin says:
"Just like the WINGS programs, Arielle is always fresh, fun, and effective!”

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