WINGer Snapshot

Elijah Taylor, 20

Elijah is a WINGSLeader serving James Simons Elementary School students. We asked him some questions to learn more about him, and here's what he said:

I am a: Junior at College of Charleston

Major: Communication        Minor: Spanish

WINGer since: 2011

What career or field are you looking to pursue after graduation?
I hope to pursue a career in media or film. My aspirations include: film making and maybe child psychology.

What have you learned through your service at WINGS?
The biggest thing I’ve learned through my service at WINGS is patience. Serving here has also strengthened my communications skills, and I have learned how to manage my time and remain calm during high pressure situations.

Has WINGS changed you in any way (habits, behavior, interactions, perspective, etc.) and how?
WINGS has made me more socially aware, as well as more self-aware. Serving with WINGS has allowed me to keep an open mind.

What is your favorite part of WINGS?
My favorite thing about WINGS is being greeted every day with radiant love. It’s awesome when you can enter an environment where the kids swarm you with hugs and positive vibes.

What James Simons Elementary Program Director, Cara Mitchell says:
"Everyone loves Mr. Elijah. His charisma and dedication make him an amazing role model for kids and a great representation of WINGS."

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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