Crismeily Maloney and Ella Castleberry

By Scholastique Koolimo, College Access Coordinator

Anyone who has visited LAYC’s after school program at Woodrow Wilson High School in northwest Washington knows there is a dynamic force of powerful women making a difference. Two of those women are LAYC AmeriCorps members Crismeily Maloney and Ella Castleberry. Crismeily and Ella are completing one year of community service as integral members of our education team.

Crismeily has been influential in the success of the Wilson after-school program. Her leadership skills keep the weekly health workshops and baseball club running smoothly. She is invested in the well-being of her team, and never falls short as a helping hand. Previously, Crismeily attended LAYC Career Academy where she took medical assistant classes and obtained three college credits from Trinity Washington University. She then earned six college credits with LAYC’s Bard College Course. Bard helped her “try-out” college-level courses and she is now pursuing an Associate’s degree in nursing at the University of the District of Columbia. She also holds a part-time job.

Ella’s leadership skills, positive attitude, and willingness to learn makes her stand out amongst her peers. She works with LAYC’s college access team helping Wilson students prepare for college. Beyond the academic development of our youth, Ella takes the initiative of developing their community spirit as well. Throughout the year, Wilson students have participated in numerous community service projects, including preparing food for the homeless with DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table. Ella is working on her MBA and holds a part-time job.

Together, Crismeily and Ella are our Wilson dynamic duo. They are compassionate and hold our youth to a high standard. I am honored to work with both Crismeily and Ella. Thank you ladies for all that you do!

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