AmeriCorps in the Spotlight

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Maya Posey is one of the many AmeriCorps members in the New York/New Jersey area. Prior to joining the team, Maya graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's in criminal justice and theatre. Upon moving to New York, Maya almost immediately found a role as a Playworks AmeriCorps coach. As a coach, Maya brings an energy to her school that is also fueled by her love of theatre. In her short career with Playworks, Maya has already made a positive impact in three schools in New York and New Jersey. She has run a community engagement initiative that brought a Newark community together by fusing black history and art. Maya, alongside all of our other AmeriCorps members have shown a commitment to serving our communities. Some of these opportunities include working in food donation centers, food shelters, toy drives, and school beautifications. 

Outside of AmeriCorps, Maya has been an active participant of community service as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has also served as a young women's leadership mentor in the past and member of the Boys and Girls Club. Finally, Maya is co-founder of Art for Alberta and founder of Acting Out. These programs are focused on providing theatre opportunities to the youth of Birmingham, Alabama. Two snaps and a high-five for Coach Maya!

 

 

 

 

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