C5 Georgia is a pivotal experience for students; ask any of them, past and present, and they’ll tell you as much. What’s lesser known however, is just how many of our former C5-ers, camp counselors and seasonal staff return to work with us year after year. These dedicated young people are the force that keeps us moving every day. So, let’s hear from three of them about what keeps them coming back, and what they’re tackling right now in our offices.
Ayaan Forstall is C5’s Office Manager. She’s also our Board Liaison, works on entering and updating information into Donor Perfect and manages our office needs, such as accounts payable and Pathway support. She also helped manage registration for the 2015 Evening with Graduates celebration and the 2015 Drive for Youth Classic. Ayaan began with C5 Georgia in 2009 as a Flint cabin counselor. “That was not only my first job in my field, but it was a big one—it solidified my passion for working with youth from challenged backgrounds. I’m glad to be back working with a motivated team at an organization where the culture and support lead to great outcomes.”
Destany Arnold is C5’s Program Assistant. Destany was one of our many dedicated summer staff. She loved the program so much, she applied for—and got—a job full time with us. She’s thrilled to be returning: “I’m extremely excited and honored to be able to offer even more of my time to such an amazing organization,” she says. “Each pathway event, parent meeting, and day at camp offers me a new reason to appreciate the work we are able to do for these students. The most rewarding for me, is that my commitment to C5 is year round, which gives our students and parents a new enthusiasm surrounding their commitment to the program.” She is responsible for program logistics, as well as for training and development of our summer seasonal team leaders and counselors.
Earnest Womack serves as C5 Georgia’s Community Action & Progression Director, and has returned to our staff after serving for several years as program support for Hammer, Compass and Medallion students, as a counselor and group leader for our Road to College Experience, and recently as leader of our successful ACT Now Summit in 2015. He’s committed to building student involvement and leadership through the lens of student accountability, and brings more than ten years of youth development training and leadership to our team. “I’m excited to serve all students in C5 Georgia,” he says. “To push the organization’s mission forward and support the greater C5 community.”