Member Spotlight: Lauren-Ashley Wood

Lauren-Ashley Wood is a College and Career Ambassador professional working with Promise Corps. An alumna of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Lauren-Ashley majored in Political Science and double minored in Hotel Hospitality, Tourism Management, and the French Language. Lauren-Ashley worked for The Philadelphia Eagles Organization as a Game Day Staff Member for two football seasons. She is the former President of the College Democrats of America at Cheyney. She also worked as a volunteer for Hilary Clinton’s campaign. Lauren-Ashley has a passion for public and constituent service in the Philadelphia community. As an AmeriCorps member, she provides high school students with college and career access through advocacy within the school setting. Since the 2017-2018 school year has started, Lauren-Ashley and her team at Overbrook High School have provided 10th, 11th, and 12th graders through mentoring and motivational assistance, which they will continue to do for the remainder of the year.

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With a background in politics, Lauren-Ashley was very interested in helping support the recreation of Student Government at Overbrook High School. The students took to the idea like moths to a flame. Both school administration and the Promise Corps team promoted the idea of non-partisan campaigning to the students and… Boom! The Promise Corps classroom became a mini campaign headquarters. Multiple students were working on their campaigns after school simultaneously. The high school seniors were creative while campaigning, giving their speeches, and debating one another. What was most exciting was when the commissioner’s office came to Overbrook High School to promote voting and even registered some 18-year-old seniors to vote. Lauren-Ashley and the rest of the Promise Corps team will reveal the winners any day now. Members like Lauren-Ashley are reasons why the Promise Corps program is a critical key component in college and career success within the Promise Zone Education Initiative.

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– Lauren-Ashley Wood, College and Career Ambassador at Overbrook High School

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