WINGer Snapshot

Kotatti Browne, 24

Kotatti is a WINGSLeader serving Heritage Elementary School students in Atlanta, GA. We asked her some questions to learn more about her, and here's what she said:

I am a: Georgia State University graduate

Major: Psychology

Minor: Sociology

WINGer since: 2013

What career or field are you looking to pursue after graduation?
I'm interested in becoming a school counselor so that I can continue to impact kids like the ones in WINGS programs; kids in need.

What have you learned through your service at WINGS?
I have learned so much in this position. One thing that has proven vital in my daily life has been learning to plan ahead to avoid what we at WINGS call a "Yes Mess." A Yes Mess happens when you can answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Could anyone (including me) get hurt if I choose this?
  • Could I get into any trouble if I get caught doing this?
  • Can anything bad happen if I make this choice?

If you can answer yes to any of those questions, you're probably not making a good choice for yourself.

Has WINGS changed you in any way (habits, behavior, interactions, perspective, etc.) and how?
WINGS has helped me improve my ability to be patient, and I've also learned how to better understand and help kids by putting myself in their shoes as our Creed says.

What is your favorite part of WINGS?
My favorite part of serving with WINGS is being able to get on the same level with the kids and have fun! We have such a blast together and I know they're not only absorbing valuable life lessons, but also having a great time doing it!

What Heritage Elementary Program Director, Sean McCants says:
Kotatti is an incredibly hard worker, and she loves helping her kids achieve.

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.





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