Meet SOWA’s Newest “Quality” Staff Member: Angie Malorni
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School’s Out just hired a new employee, and close followers of our blog know what that means! It’s time for an intro post!
Angie Malorni works with the Youth Program Quality Initiative to support youth programs throughout Western Washington. We took a moment to ask Angie about herself and what brought her to School’s Out.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Akron, Ohio. I lived in both Akron and Columbus until moving to Seattle in 2011.
What do you like to do in your own time?
In my free time I am a community organizer and never-ending student of social justice. A lot of my time is spent reading, writing, in meetings, at actions or working on special projects. I also love card games, puzzles, reading, hiking, painting, spending time with friends and learning languages. I live in a bustling house with lots of cooking and always appreciate the time I can spend at home with such wonderful people. I am also frequently spotted at one of the many Seattle dog parks with my gregarious pup, Arthur.
What brought you to School’s Out Washington?
My dedication to social justice and youth development made School’s Out Washington a natural fit.
For the last 4 years I had been working with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Youth Employment and Service Learning (YESL) unit as a facilitator, coordinator, and evaluator. We used the YPQA tools in our own work and incorporated them into the way we structured and facilitated programs.
While pursuing my M.P.A., I developed participatory evaluation tools for YESL’s teen programs and put those tools into action with a youth-led community research team. All of these skills and interests made my position with the Program Quality team a logical progression.
The values and principles of SOWA make it a perfect fit, as the organization demonstrates its dedication to youth voice, engagement and empowerment through each of its many facets, projects, trainings and staff. As a youth worker, I appreciate that the YPQA tools enhance the important work front-line staff are already doing, without trying to change the unique character they bring to their youth development work.
I am very excited to be a part of the SOWA family and am looking forward to all the opportunities that lie ahead.
Tell us one thing you are proud of.
I am really proud of all the wonderful, creative and supportive people I have in my life! I always inspired by the resilience, compassion, and brilliance they bring and feel fortunate to learn and grow alongside them.
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