Garrett joined the KZCF team earlier this month as our Youth Advisory Council Manager – a new position at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Garrett is working to build KZCF’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and to support the youth through their annual grantmaking process and overall leadership development.
What are you most excited about in the year ahead relevant to your work and/or at KZCF?
What excites me most about my work at KZCF is the relationships I’ll be able to build with high school students in Kalamazoo County. As a former YAC member, I remember learning so much about student leadership, accountability, and collective ownership over my community through this program. I hope to help students foster their own sense of these ideas, as well as to motivate their engagement in addressing issues they see in their communities through a framework of equity and social justice.
What do you love about where you live?
What I love most about where I live is that people love where they live. In the Vine Neighborhood, people are intentional about getting to know their neighbors, supporting local businesses, and investing their time and effort into their community. There seems to be a strong sense of pride for our neighborhood, and everyone is welcome to contribute these efforts.
What books are by your bedside?
- Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
- Cultural Resistance Reader by Stephen Ducombe
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis