Staff Spotlight: Crys Lee

Welcome to a new ongoing series in which we plan to feature some of the talented, creative staff who support our programs. We wanted to give you a chance to learn more about the team behind the magic here at 826DC. This month, we asked Programs Coordinator Crys Lee to answer some rapid-fire questions about himself and his role in our Field Trip and In-School programs.

Job Title: Programs Coordinator
Pronouns: He/him/his
Been at 826DC for: 2 years, 1 month

Q: What’s your favorite character or setting from an 826DC Field Trip?
A: John Cena has been a popular character, and I remember one story where a character lied about being John Cena. The other main character found out and he had to figure out how to save the day, even though he wasn’t really a strong wrestler.
Q: What’s one artist/song you could listen to on loop for an entire day?
A: This is a tough one because I have many in mind, but if I could only chose one, I’d say Jhené Aiko, because she is a great songwriter and has a way of evoking a whole range of emotions that I can identify with.
Q: What’s one unusual thing on your desk right now?
A: My grandmother got me a Uni the Unicorn from the TY Peek-A-Books collection last Christmas. It’s like a new edition Beanie Baby, it holds my phone and can clean my screen.
Q: What inspired you to get involved with this kind of work, and why do you think it’s so important?
A: My experience being a tutor and mentor to students since high school really inspired me to get involved in youth development. Youth development is important because not every student has access to the opportunities to develop skills for success and the work we do here at 826DC is helping students learn how to communicate and share their stories.