Today’s blog post is by Communities In Schools Director of Individual Giving Tim Plant. You can read the full article about Communities In Schools Board Member Ava Youngblood in the June edition of our newsletter Inside CIS.
“Always Expect Great Things” is the line that appears at the end of Ava Youngblood’s emails. It is quickly evident this phrase not only captures her optimism, but is her guiding philosophy and driving force as an executive recruiter and nonprofit champion. It’s also clear that while Youngblood expects great things, it’s in large part because she is willing to put in the work needed to make them happen.
A Chicago native, Youngblood’s involvement with Communities In Schools spans a decade, as a board member of Communities In Schools of Chicago, and, since January, a member of the Communities In Schools national board of directors. When introduced to Communities In Schools of Chicago, Youngblood found that the mission spoke to her passion for education. “I attended Chicago Public Schools and went on to earn my degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University and my MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. I know that Chicago Public Schools can prepare you for life. It’s why my children went to Chicago Public Schools as well.”