Every week, Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania will be spotlighting our administrative and site coordinator staff with a 10-question interview. Today’s spotlight is on Vice President, Jenna Lewis.
1. What would be the title of the autobiography of your life?
I Ain’t Done Yet
2. What is the one thing you can’t live without?
Spending time with my beautiful 3-year-old daughter.
3. If you had unlimited time, what skill or hobby would you want to start?
4. Name 3 things that define you as an individual.
Perseverance, Compassion, Conscientiousness.
5. Who (or what) is your biggest inspiration?
My daughter–she inspires me to be a strong leader–giving her someone to look up to.
6. What was one past experience that made you a stronger individual?
I ran for public office at age 27.
7. What advice would you give your younger self?
Just do it.
8. How do you define success?
Changing something, however small, that matters to you.
9. What drives you to do this type of work?
As a former Dauphin County Deputy District Attorney, I saw far too many troubled kids, many of those kids had ill prepared parents. A considerable number of those youth were not in school, many of them poor. Criminal involvement became a lifestyle. I watched the County expend substantial resources of these youngsters, and yet sadly, recidivism rates soared. I never envisioned my career path taking me to a dropout prevention, nonprofit entity. In working with Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania, I am motivated by the impact this organization has on children just like I described above. Ensuring that our youth feel like they are cared for, that they are educated, and that they know they are in fact capable of getting jobs and becoming productive citizens–starts with Communities In Schools.
10. What is the best part about working at Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania?
Watching kids succeed—it’s incredible.