1. Hi, tell us who you are, where you are from and how you serve with the team
at Hope for Miami?
My name is Crystal Harley, a Health Educator with Hope for Miami’s Ready4Life program. I grew up in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood and I have always told myself that I would somehow make a difference with the youth in my community. There are mentors, coaches, and teachers who made a huge impact on my life and for that reason, I would like to pay it forward.
2. Thanks, so, how do you think your skills/gifts, knowledge and interests equip you to do your tasks?
Being open minded about life and differences has equipped me to complete tasks. I am willing to step back and learn from anyone. I tell people all the time, there are many occasions where I learn from the youth we teach and that is amazing to me. Being transparent has also helped me strive with the youth. I do not have to “fake it” with them because they respect and appreciate me more when I am real. Although I grew up in an environment like the youth we serve, that does not always mean I could relate. So I show them who I am and make the space comfortable for them to show me who they are.
3. So, what’s one aspect of Hope for Miami’s work that most encourages and motivates you?
At the end of every cohort, I ask the youth I have served for anonymous feedback about me and the program. Their responses motivate me to keep going. Being able to make that difference I always dreamed of encourages me that even when I do not see it I am doing great. It’s always a sad day to end a cohort but I understand that I have left my mark and must continue on to others that deserve a piece of me as well.
4. Finally, tell us something interesting about yourself to help us get to know you better.
All around I am a very fun and outgoing person. I am the family member / friend that people wait to show up for an event because they know if I am there we are in for a good time. I love to laugh and play. I think this is my way to stay youthful. With so much happening in the world today, find some time to be joyous!
Thanks, Crystal! We’re grateful you are a part of our team.
Keep flourishing and encouraging others to do the same!