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Academy For College and Career Exploration

Donte Bethea

Community Service Lead

Takes the lead on tracking and monitoring students’ community service hours. Works in tandem with the school to ensure accurate documentation both in electronic and print forms.

My Background: I was born in Baltimore and graduated from Dunbar High School. I received my A+ Certification in IT and my certification in electrical engineering and circuitry. I am a Thread Alumni of Cohort D2 and also a Year Up Alumni. I have a lot of skills due to the jobs that I have had and I feel good to have dabbled in quite a bit of workforce opportunities. I am currently pursuing my BA in Computer Information systems with a minor in Psychology and Culinary Arts.

My Why: I chose this profession due to the impact that Thread has had on my life. I want to do my part to make an even greater impact in the life style choices of today’s youth. I know that in order to achieve that goal, I need to understand the driving forces behind the choices the youth make and really learn how I can be a positive influence within their lives. I believe that if everybody has at least one positive influence in their life, the probability of success is raised exponentially.

My Charm: I enjoy writing poetry, cooking, working on cars, riding a skateboard, and making new friends. Most importantly, I love being a dad to my 4-year-old son, Avonte.

 

Shateara Diggs

Logistics Lead

Leads the coordination of site-specific set up and break down, and food ordering and set-up at the site. This includes constantly communicating with various constituents on teams at Thread, the school ,and all of the partnering businesses/ organizations.

My Background: I was born and raised in Baltimore City, but also spent some time in the county. I received my diploma from Baltimore Talent Development High School. Shortly after graduating, I attended cosmetology school and Baltimore City Community College for human services. My dream career is to work as a case manager for young women with children.

My Why: As a true Baltimorean, I can relate to our students. As the oldest sibling, I had to grow up fast and know what it feels like to have responsibilities that other people may not be able to understand. I also know how the feelings of isolation and loneliness that can can occur when our youth feel like they have no support. I do this work because I want our students to have a different experience growing up in this city.

My Charm: I am the mommy of two amazing little boys.

 

Tiana Samuels

Data and Attendance Lead

Takes the lead on making sure that physical daily attendance sheets are correct at the site, the interim attendance tracker is updated, and that each student who was present at is fully accounted for.

My Background: I was born and raised in West Baltimore and attended Edmondson Westside High School. I’ve always been involved in youth development, and participated in different outlets to help better my city. After graduating with honors in high school, I also studied criminal justice at University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

My Why: I am passionate about my job here at Thread. I have the amazing opportunity to engage with young people that allows me to uplift them as I am also elevated. It is my intention to keep them positive, motivated, and successful throughout their journey.

My Charm: I am into rock and roll music.

 

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Digital Harbor High School

Erica White

Logistics and Community Service Lead

Leads the coordination of site-specific set up and break down, and food ordering and set-up at the site. This includes constantly communicating with various constituents on teams at Thread, the school ,and all of the partnering businesses/ organizations.

My Background: I was born and raised in Baltimore. I attended Baltimore City Schools, attending Mervo, and an alternative school. I am a student at BCCC.

My Why: As a teenager, I was part of an organization called the “Youth Ambassadors,” which was similar to Thread in their mission. They saw potential in me when I did not see it in myself. They met with my mother and learned about my life so that they could best help me not only be motivated by them, but also to motivate myself. I do this work to help create similar experiences for young men and women today. I want them to know that pushing themselves is just as important as being motivated by others.

My Charm: When I was younger, my friends and I used a camera to reenact videos of superstars such as Beyonce, Fantasia, SWV, and Whitney Houston.

 

Tyler Lucas

Data and Attendance Lead

Assists with reviewing the data entered by the site team into a biweekly data tracker. Flags any data errors or potential issues and ensures timely data reports to all necessary constituents.

My Background: I was born in Baltimore and grew up mostly in the county. I graduated from Woodlawn High School and pursued an undergraduate degree in Business at Penn State. After two years, I transferred my credits back home so I could continue my studies and be closer to my home.

My Why: I came across Thread and its mission at a time in my life when I felt like I needed to give back. I wanted to give support to people in the same ways I was given support throughout my time as a student. I also enjoy nurturing relationships, which is a major component to thriving in this position. All of my team members are task focused and believe in one another. I couldn’t ask for better at this point in my life.

My Charm: I skateboard, write poetry, and do photography/videography.

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Paul Laurence Dunbar High School

LaShanah Holmes

Logistics and Attendance Lead

Leads the coordination of site-specific set up and break down, and food ordering and set-up at the site. This includes constantly communicating with various constituents on teams at Thread, the school ,and all of the partnering businesses/ organizations.

My Background: I am from Dundalk, MD, but lived in West Baltimore most of my life. I attended Frederick Douglass High School. After High School, I spent 2 years studying at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC, then transferred to Towson University, where I am currently studying Psychology.

My Why: I chose to work for Thread because I wanted to benefit the youth of Baltimore City. I noticed how fulfilled I felt volunteering with Thread and actually impacting other lives in a positive way. I knew that I had that effect on my family and friends but this experience allowed me to see that I could really have a greater influence on the youth, which is pretty amazing.

My Charm: I love making people feel loved and cared about. I also love to dance, landscape photography, massage therapy, and writing.

 

Niya Stewart

Community Service Lead

Takes the lead on tracking and monitoring students’ community service hours. Works in tandem with the school to ensure accurate documentation both in electronic and print forms.

My Background:I was born in Baltimore City and attended school here until 2013. At that time I moved with my family to Atlanta where I completed high school. After graduating, we moved back to Baltimore where I worked in various roles prior to coming to Thread. I have worked in dietary nutrition, warehouse work, as a paraprofessional, and more. I also studied Education at BCCC Liberty Heights campus because I have always been interested in teaching. I will return to school to complete my degree once conclude my Year of Service. Regardless of where I work, I will always have a passion for helping others and making them feel better in any situation.

My Why: I chose to work at Thread because I enjoyed my experiences with youth and I know the feelings associated with being the bottom of your class. I wanted to be part of this work that helps students feel loved and included, grow, and become the greatest versions of themselves.

My Charm: I am friendly, open-minded, and say whatever comes to my mind (I am currently working on this).

 

 

Ethan Thompson

Data Lead

Takes the lead on reviewing the data entered by the site team into a biweekly data tracker. Flags any data errors or potential issues and ensures timely data reports to all necessary constituents.

My Background: I was born in Baltimore, and raised in Bel Air, Maryland. After graduating, I studied online classes at Berklee College of Music while also working. I entered the workforce immediately after high school, building an extremely diverse resume. I love to learn, and I am self taught in most things I do today. I ended up in Thread after working in an auto-body shop, and I am forever drawn to human connections.

My Why: I do this work because I enjoy meeting new people, and hearing their stories. I specifically like working with high-school students because I want to offer them help that I didn’t have or use when I was younger. I love to see other people succeed, and I especially love when their success also allows me to be successful.

My Charm: I soak in a lot from just being in the room. I am constantly thinking about my next move, or choice.

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Frederick Douglass High School

Gray Hargrove

Community Service and Logistics Lead

Takes the lead on tracking and monitoring students’ community service hours. Works in tandem with the school to ensure accurate documentation both in electronic and print forms.

My Background: I am originally from Bethlehem, PA, and moved to the Baltimore area for college. I just graduated this past summer from Johns Hopkins University with my B.A. in Behavioral Biology. In the midst of learning about animal behavior and evolution, I found additional passion in areas of diversity and inclusivity. My overall mission is to create inclusive environments through various forms of advocacy.

My Why: From my experience in residential life during my undergraduate years, I’ve seen the positive effects of community programming during times of great transition and personal struggle. I’m interested in seeing how such outcomes will provoke and promote change within this organization and its diverse population.

My Charm: I can do one mean split.

 

Eddie Blackstone

Data Lead

Takes the lead on reviewing the data entered by the site team into a biweekly data tracker. Flags any data errors or potential issues and ensures timely data reports to all necessary constituents.

My Background: I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, in one of its poorer neighborhoods. I attended Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and in my freshman year I had a 0.6 gpa. I was the perfect candidate for IMP (Thread’s former name). Over the years, and with the help of my Thread family, I overcame many trials and am now a senior at Towson University aiming to graduate next fall. I take pride in being and AmeriCorps member and giving back to the same organization that helped me.

My Why: I was in Thread so I know what it’s like to be from the absolute bottom feeling like there is no hope or support. Through people like Tong, Rose, Dave, Kat, and Sarah, my perspective was changed. Now, I want to give youth that same feeling. Many of them are convinced that they will be abandoned as soon as they end up being “too much” for people to handle, but I want to change that thought process. I’ll do my best to help them all (or as many as possible) reach the level of insight and potential that I feel like I’ve reached, and I hope that one day they’ll be in my position.

My Charm: I once played my favorite game for 4 days straight.

 

Nathalie Legerwood

Attendance Lead

Takes the lead on making sure that physical daily attendance sheets are correct at the site, the interim attendance tracker is updated, and that each student who was present at is fully accounted for.

My background: I’m a native Washingtonian, but have lived in New York and Trinidad and Tobago. I am a certified Secondary Language Arts and Drama teacher and have been in the service of children, families, and community stakeholders for 15+ years. I’ve also served in the arena of the Census Bureau as a Field Worker.

My Why: With Thread and AmeriCorps, my role creates an intersection between national engagement and local support for stakeholders in Baltimore. I am thrilled to serve in this capacity. My role resonates with my desire to grow, lead, and be of service. I am a life-long learner and I relish opportunities to learn from my coaches and colleagues. Our work combines team-building, bonding, and community connecting within a supportive team environment. This inclusive, supportive, and reciprocal approach is what motivates me to do this work.

My Charm: Books are the way to my heart, and at any given time you can find me reading three books at once! When not pursuing the pleasure of a good book, I enjoy sharing good times with my children and extended family, cooking, listening to live jazz, making jewelry, camping, hiking, participating in Native American and Caribbean events, and traveling abroad.

 

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Transfer Students

Tyler Brown

Attendance and Logistics Lead

Takes the lead on making sure that physical daily attendance sheets are correct at the site, the interim attendance tracker is updated, and that each student who was present at is fully accounted for.

My Background: I was born and raised in Northeast Baltimore, MD. I’m a recent graduate of Coppin State University where I earned a B.S in Urban Arts, with a concentration in Arts Administration. I also interned at Jubilee Arts, which is an arts based nonprofit in West Baltimore, prior to coming to Thread. Throughout my life, I’ve participated in numerous community outreach and youth related programs, as I enjoy working with children. I plan on attending the University of Baltimore in Fall 2018 to study for a M.S in Nonprofit Management. My goal is to utilize the skills she gains at Thread and apply them to my future career in the nonprofit sector.

My Why: I do this work because I genuinely cares about helping others. I love building close relationships with people and being a positive influence in their lives. I love my city and knows that it has the potential to be so much greater than where it is now. I believe that good leadership and positive role models in Baltimore will definitely help turn this city around.

My Charm: Contrary to popular belief, I’m is not shy at all – just a little reserved and really laid back. When you get to know me, you’ll learn I’m actually a chatterbox.

 

Andrew Nelson    

Data and Community Service Lead

Takes the lead on reviewing the data entered by the site team into a biweekly data tracker. Flags any data errors or potential issues and ensures timely data reports to all necessary constituents.

My Background: I was born in Augusta, Georgia but, was raised in small town America, North Carolina. I received my Certifications in Firefighting 1 and 2, Emergency Medical Care, and National Incident Management by the time I was 21. At the age of 25, I decided to pursue my degrees in Emergency Management/Disaster Relief and Natural Resource Conservation/Management. While studying for my degree I was the Disaster Action Team Captain and Coordinator for several surrounding counties.

My Why:I decided to relocate to Baltimore for my position here at Thread. I made this decision because I am passionate about the lives of today’s youth who are the true faces of the America’s tomorrow. I believe every child deserves to have the chance at a great education, love, compassion, and family. I firmly believe that Thread has that very vision in mind and being a small part of that vision is an amazing honor.

My Charm: I listen to all kinds of music!