André Lynch is our brand new Educational Program Director. We are so very excited to welcome him on board during this awesome and crazy 2nd year of operation. If you have been reading our blog regularly, you know that our student membership has shot-up exponentially during the past few months. We started out the year with four and are now at twenty-two.
André spontaneously visited in late November because he saw our chalkboard sign on the sidewalk and was curious about DRC and the programs we offer. He started volunteering soon after, for a couple mornings a week, and soon became an integral part of the program.
As our numbers continued to grow it became apparent that we needed to hire another staff person. André was the ideal candidate – he is here with tons of experience and talent, completely sold on our mission and vision, devoted to the students, and the kids adore him. Yes, a perfect match!
We are so very grateful that he wandered up the stairs to follow his natural inquisitiveness.
If you would like to learn more about André you can read his bio here on the Staff and Board page on the DRC website.
The kids interviewed him this Monday morning during our community meeting. You will notice many of the questions begin: what is your favorite ….
What is your favorite color?
I like neutral colors, but hunter green is my favorite.
What is you favorite animal to ride?
Donkey – I rode one a long time ago.
What is you favorite sport?
What is your favorite thing to do?
Fishing - Why? It is calming and like that I can catch my food.
What is your favorite book?
I have two: 1984 by George Orwell and The Prince by Machiavelli
What is your favorite food?
Caribbean food because my family is originally from Trinidad and Tobago.
What was your favorite birthday?
My eighth birthday when I got a Nintendo 64.
What is your favorite place to live?
Brooklyn, although, I could not live in the city again.
What is your favorite holiday?
I love the Christmas holiday season.
What is your favorite month?
December I like the cold and festive vibe.
What do you do for a living?
I wear many hats aside from here at Deep Root Center. I am also the Adolescent Outreach Advocate for NCMEP and I am a full time grad student.
What was your long term goal?
I want to be a Dean of Students at a small Liberal Arts Institution.
What was your favorite subject in school?
Why did you chose to study Law Enforcement?
I wanted to help bridge the gap between under privileged residents and law enforcement in minority communities.
Why did you decide to work at DRC?
I believe in the mission. And, I like that I can help empower kids to be kids.