Keveisha Robinson-Clark, Class of 2010
Since 2014 Keveisha has been serving Boston (specifically Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Mattapan) as an outpatient clinician at Children’s Services of Roxbury and a school-based clinician in two Boston Public Schools. As an Apprentice at Crossroads, one of the campers who she had a close bond with told Keveisha, “All social workers lie.”
“Prior to this statement, I wanted to be an elementary school teacher. When the camper made this statement, I felt if I could change the perception of what it means to be a social worker, then I would be able to help people in my community,” said Keveisha.
Through the Apprentice program Keveisha was able to work with a variety of children from Massachusetts, broadening her horizons and opening her up to the lives some children live. She wanted to ensure that youth, especially youth from her community, had better experiences with social workers. Crossroads is honored that we were able to help Keveisha find her passion and calling in life. As an Apprentice Keveisha made a difference in the lives of so many youth, and we know she will make a difference in the lives of countless more.
Justyne Collier, Class of 2010
Justyne is currently an 8th grade Language Arts teacher in Westwood, MA. She gives back daily by trying to inspire her students to learn that they are capable of amazing things, and through thoughtfulness and effort they can achieve their dreams. She has found that the district she works in is very high-achieving and pressure-filled. Justyne works closely with students to help them recognize that they are not defined by a grade on a report card. By the time she was in 3rd grade, Justyne knew she wanted to be a teacher. “I was making my own tests and forcing my younger cousins to play school with me as the teacher. They thought it was torture but I loved it,” she said.
Her experience as a camper and counselor helped Justyne build the skills she needed to be successful. “I feel so very lucky to have been both a Crossroads camper and counselor. As a camper, Crossroads took a quiet girl and showed her that it is okay to take risks, it is okay to speak your opinion and it is okay to fail because there are people who will pick you back up. As a counselor, Crossroads provided me with the opportunity to work with different children from all different walks of life. I learned how to deal with disagreements, how to keep a group of children entertained and I learned responsibility.”
“It is one thing to aspire to be something – it is another to go out there and become it,” said Justyne. It is always a pleasure to hear about our young people achieving their dreams and making a positive impact in the world. We encourage paying-it-forward, and we are so inspired to hear how Justyne is doing just that.
Nate West, Class of 2010
Nate graduated from the NYPD Academy, where he had been training for six months. His first official day as a police officer was on Monday, April 4, 2016. He is currently assigned to the Midtown North precinct in Manhattan, where he will do patrol on foot as well as by car.
“Being a cop isn’t only about making arrests and locking people up. A lot of the job is interacting with the community and building a positive rapport,” said Nate. He has always wanted to be a police officer, and has always felt it was the right way for him to give back to his community.
“I wanted to be a police officer when I was a kid, and I wanted to give back to my community. I felt the best way to do that was to make the streets safer for youth. Being a police officer allows me to leave a positive impact in any community that I serve, and feel like I made a difference in someone’s life by helping them when they are in need. It’s a great feeling.”
Nate believes his time in the C5 Leaders program gave him some of the leadership skills he’s needed to succeed. “C5 taught me how to be a more effective leader. The workshops and the experiences I’ve had there during the summer really helped to mold me into the person I am today. I saw how effective it is to take a kid from the inner city and give him/her options, showing and teaching them things that are outside their everyday environment.” Here at Crossroads, we are so incredibly proud of all the amazing things Nate has accomplished, and look forward to seeing the bright future he forges for himself.
Luis Fortes, Class of 2009
Since September 2014, Luis Fortes has been working with City Year, and is currently working as a national admissions coordinator. His work involves implementing a consistent process for identifying, selecting and placing diverse 17- to 24-year-olds to service in schools across the nation to keep students in school and on track. “I live to inspire and motivate others to identify their passions and achieve their goals. I have dedicated most of my life to lending myself as a resource for youth to work towards their best future,” said Luis.
Luis believes in the power of young people, empathy, teamwork, excellence, and inclusivity. When looking to start his career, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in admissions and found strong parallels between City Year’s mission and foundation values, his own beliefs, and what he learned at Crossroads. “Crossroads prepared me by giving me years of leadership training which I often call on to take initiative in my role, but also showed me the importance of compassion within the work I do daily.”
Luis can frequently be found around Crossroads, lending his time, expertise, and enthusiasm to our programming. We are honored to have Luis as a part of the Crossroads family, and sincerely value his dedication to helping young people rise above their challenges and reach their goals.