WINGer Snapshot

Andrey Gause, 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.

I am a: Junior at College of Charleston

Major: Psychology        Minor: Theater

WINGer since: 2012

What career or field are you looking to pursue after graduation?
I want to pursue Child Psychology so that I can continue to work with kids and help them to be more successful.

What have you learned through your service at WINGS?
I have learned a lot of valuable things serving with WINGS, but one of the most personal things I have learned is what we call Hold up Hijacker, where we teach kids to avoid letting their emotions become highjacked. Throughout serving with WINGS I've really learned how to better control my own emotions to ensure that I am thinking more rationally.

Has WINGS changed you in any way (habits, behavior, interactions, perspective, etc.) and how?
WINGS has definitely helped me be to be more proactive in scheduling and managing my time. Serving here has also challenged me to think more outside of the box when working with kids and others because as our Creed says, everyone is unique.

What is your favorite part of WINGS?
Working with kids and all of the supportive staff members at WINGS and at North Charleston Elementary School.

What North Charleston Elementary Program Director, Nicole Williams says:
"Andrey is very diligent in everything that he does. You can tell that he has a real passion for working with kids and loves WINGS. He is always very positive and uses the Creed language and teachable moments with the kids as well as the staff! He has come a long way since his start with WINGS and I'm so excited to see how much he has grown and his work with the new Kindergarteners this year. He is very creative and already knows how to be silly and have fun with the little ones."

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