Local Youth Service Agency Welcomes Two Experienced Staff

The LeaderShop, located in La Grange, proudly welcomes two more Program Coordinators who are dedicated to shaping youth into today’s and tomorrow’s leaders ...

The LeaderShop, located in La Grange, proudly welcomes two more Program Coordinators to round out its staff who are dedicated to shaping youth into today’s and tomorrow’s leaders. Program Operations Director, Cathy Pierson, says “We're excited to add Kim and Marco to our team. They both have diverse experiences that will aid in their ability to develop strong relationships, and to inspire and empower youth to make a difference in our community.”

Kim Anderson joins the staff after spending the past two years in the Peace Corps in Peru. She worked as a Youth Development Facilitator to improve the welfare of her rural Andean community’s youth and families. During college, Kim interned with the Housing Authority in the Resident Services Department working with the after school program. Kim received a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Knox College in Galesburg, IL, in 2009.

Marco A. Lopez is an alumnus of The LeaderShop and a life-long resident of Summit. He has spent over ten years dedicated to making the city a better place to live, most importantly by working with the youth. He runs the National Hispanic Program (NHI) in conjunction with Argo Community High School, a program which prepares students to give effective and well-versed speeches in the form of debate competition and offers students the opportunity to volunteer in the community. Marco took psychology classes at Loyola University in Chicago, IL.


About The LeaderShop:

Since 1978, The LeaderShop has been providing a safe and welcoming environment for elementary through high school aged youth. Programs offered range from mentoring and leadership to performance groups, outreach/volunteer services and special community-based events. Students are encouraged to express themselves by getting involved in some – or even all - of the diverse programs which are designed to give youth the tools, confidence and passion to want to make a difference in their community. Involvement in The LeaderShop changes lives – for the participants and for the residents of the neighborhoods served. The LeaderShop takes a preventative position in helping today’s youth grow into productive leaders in their communities.

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