“I chose to volunteer with Communities In Schools of Philadelphia’s ELECT program, because I loved working with youth and I hoped to serve this population as a professional.”
N’Keya Peters has been volunteering since February 2012 with ELECT (Education Leading to Employment and Career Training) teen parent classrooms, a program which is a partnership between Communities In School of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia. She has a strong commitment to the young ladies in the program and is determined to make a difference.
According to Jennifer Pitt, Assistant Director for ELECT, the program would not be successful without the help of our volunteers. “N’Keya is currently volunteering in the ELECT program at Rhodes High School. N’Keya’s passion for the program was evident when she reached out to other Temple University students and solicited ten additional volunteer candidates. I’ve received really positive feedback from the ELECT staff on her energetic and positive attitude. She went back to Temple University and started promoting ELECT as a volunteer opportunity,” Pitt explained.
At the time, N’Keya was a junior at Temple University. She was studying social work and hoped to work with youth at risk. Previously serving as a middle school AVID (Advancement via Independent Determination) tutor in North Philadelphia, N’Keya volunteered with non-profit agencies in New York City including the Door and Girls for Gender Equity. “I chose to volunteer with Communities In Schools of Philadelphia’s ELECT Program, because I loved working with youth and I hoped to serve this population as a professional. Communities In Schools of Philadelphia does amazing work with youth and I really wanted to be a part of it and give back to my community.
“I recently studied abroad in Jamaica and served teenage mothers. My experience in Jamaica opened my eyes to the social issue of teenage parents and the achievement gap between teenage parents and non-parenting students,” she continued. When N’Keya arrived back in the United States, she felt compelled to continue her work with teenage parents in Philadelphia.
N’Keya explained, “I look forward to building mutually beneficial relationships with the youth I work with.” Her long-term goal is to secure a senior management position in a social service agency where she can develop programs for youth at risk. “I am really interested in program development, but I believe that it is important for social workers to gain direct experience before moving up to a management position.”