School may be out for summer, but our Team Leader Spotlight for July isn’t letting that slow her down. In fact, there’s little that stands in the way of this leader’s ability to jump into action. Just take the time when she was told a program was in need of books and board games and she started her own Amazon wish list with friends on a quest to change that. Needless to say, that wish list was fulfilled in no time.
Meet Eba, a Team Leader going on her second year in a New York Cares leadership role and someone who has defined quality leadership practices every step of the way. Nominated for the spotlight by Children’s Education Officer, Sarah Ushay, Eba is someone who stood out from day one.
"I first met Eba as a fellow Team Leader before she became a Team Leader for a program of mine. We were both leading Saturday Academy programs at PS 599 K. I lead Sports Explorers while she ran Art Explorers. Her program ran a little later than mine so I would poke my head in on the way out and see how the program was running. It was clear as a bystander that the kids and volunteers were engaged in fun and creative art projects, chosen with understanding and care by Eba. When I reached out about a one-off event at PS 599 K later in the year, Eba was the first to volunteer to lead the day."
Since then, Eba has brought her can-do attitude and leadership to programs such as Morning Therapeutic Horsemanship with GallopNYC and Art Explorers at Women's Safe Start, both of which provide New Yorkers with a space to engage in empowering activities. For Eba, team leading has served as the perfect outlet for pursuing a community-focused life.
“Volunteering helps me feel connected (to the world and to my neighbors), and it helps to keep the depression at bay. Being a Team Leader has shown me that there's plenty of greatness and love to be found, and there's plenty of people willing to give of themselves to make their communities kinder and more equitable. Also, volunteering has just exposed me to so many great pockets and people of New York City -- whether it was through working with horses in Prospect Park, delivering food in the Bronx or creating collages with kids in Bed-Stuy."
For volunteers on Eba’s projects, her leadership translates into inspiration. Jakita, a volunteer on Art Explorers at PS 599 K Brooklyn Landmark Elementary, shared:
"Awesome project! Eba is so passionate about the kids and allowing them to express their creativity. I really enjoyed working with this project."
To sum it all up, although Eba has shown time and time again that she is the kind of leader who acts without request or recognition, recognition is certainly in order. Thank you, Eba, for picking up the call to service and motivating others to join. New York Cares is grateful to have you out there leading the charge with your passion and positivity!