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Meet Nerrisah Townsend!

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under School's Out News

A major part of SOWA's work is providing STARS/MERIT-approved training for the staff of licensed school-age care providers. That's why we're so excited to welcome Nerrisah Townsend to our team. She has worked in the youth development field for about 20 years, with 7 years of that experience as a licensed program director with Boys and Girls Clubs of King County. 

Keep reading to get to know her a bit and what makes her a great addition to our team!

Where are you from?

I am from Seattle, but moved to South King County when I was 8 years old

What do you like to do in your down time?

Good food, live music, and great conversation with the people I love, make for an amazing day. 

I also thoroughly enjoy and absolutely NEED my alone time. Aroma therapy and a good book in complete silence gives me butterflies! On the flip side, working out to loud music gives me life and keeps me balanced.

What brought you to SOWA?

I get to participate in amazing trainings for free! Also, I have worked in licensed school age care as a director for many years and while program and staff development is fulfilling in many ways, my personal need for growth and development wasn’t being fulfilled anymore. I really needed to fulfill my aspiration to be a part of community that actively promotes change as well as challenge policies and systems in place that ultimately block young people from disadvantaged backgrounds from blossoming into the successful adults. Schools out Washington’s mission embodies that and more, so ultimately I decide to bring the hiring staff fresh baked banana bread and they hired me on the spot (at least that’s how I like to remember it).

Tell us one thing you are proud of.

Statistically, everything about my early years in life should have literally dismantled any chance I had at being a successful adult. I dropped out of high school between 9th and 10th grade, and didn’t complete my GED until my early 20’s. After that, and whole bunch of growing up in between, I went on to complete: a Certificate of Completion in Early Childhood Education, and AA degree in Human Services, and then in 2014, I graduated from Antioch University Seattle with a bachelors in Human Development and Learning. So I am the most proud of the commitment I made to myself to persevere and complete my education even though it was incredibly hard at times.

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