By Jettie Norfleet, Adelante Program Manager
Kony Serrano joined LAYC’s Maryland Multicultural Youth Centers (MMYC) in August 2015 as a youth case manager for the Adelante program, a partnership with the George Washington University School of Public Health serving the Langley Park community. Since joining the MMYC family, Kony has consistently demonstrated an ability to be a focused, innovative, passionate, competent, and courageous servant-leader. During her time at MMYC, Kony has been responsible for providing intensive case management services to some of the most vulnerable youth and families in Langley Park, a community which faces significant cultural, language, economic, and documentation barriers. These barriers often make it extremely difficult for this community to meet their basic needs, develop a sense of belonging, as well as accomplish their goals. Despite these barriers, Kony has demonstrated an effortless ability to partner with families to educate, advocate, and empower them to navigate their obstacles.
In addition to her responsibilities as a case manager, Kony regularly contributes to other projects within the Adelante program, MMYC, and the community at large. She implemented Adelante’s Violence Reduction and Prevention program, co-facilitated a life skills group for out-of-school youth, facilitated workshops for parents and staff within Prince George’s County Public Schools, and revamped and coordinated the Saturday Tutoring program. She is also a member of LAYC’s DREAMER staff committee where she’s worked to advocate for the rights of immigrant youth and families, and she has also served on the Telemental Health Coordination committee.
Beyond her commitment to her clients, Kony is also a dedicated member of her team, a rising matriarch in her family, and a diligent full-time student. Her spirit as a servant-leader is noted in every coordination of team member’s birthday celebrations, planning of office events, and grace in supporting others during difficult times. Kony (#G.O.A.T), thank you for your dedication to our communities, for your thirst for personal and professional growth, for your keen ability to manage your many roles, for your country/Christmas/Reggaeton/salsa music playlists, and for your ability to navigate difficult times with an optimistic attitude.