September 27, 2017
Jeremiah Wright is a 6th grader at Carroll/Rosenwald Elementary. He has been a member of the Y-CSI program since our inception in 2013. I met Jeremiah in 4th grade. He was always sweet and polite, but quiet, even shy. I remember recruiting him for our first year of ballroom dance. Honestly, I was surprised he agreed. Not many of the boys did, at least willingly.
He made it through his first year of ballroom dance, and since then, I have seen a young boy grow into a very strong and kind young man. He has become a leader within our program. All of his peers, as well as the younger youth, look to him for guidance. He always obliges with a great spirit and patience. He is extremely helpful to his teachers and YMCA Youth Instructor Ms. Dezia. He is the first to hold a door, clean up the room, lead Fitness Fun and of course he will always carry a book bag for any of the girls.
This year Jeremiah has been involved in every program available to him. As a senior ballroom dancer, he mentored the new dancers. He is a main reason our youth are clamoring to join ballroom dance, which was not the case a few years ago. Just this month, Jeremiah and the Scholastic Spectacular team walked away with the 1st place trophy. He has participated in Destination Imagination and toured NIU. He has had the opportunity to attend YMCA’s Camp MacLean for a week-long summer camp experience. Honestly, nobody deserves it more.
The best part is that Jeremiah is only in 6th grade, so we are hopeful that we will have the opportunity to work with Jeremiah for another 2 years.
Story by Kristy Pottinger, a YMCA of Metro Chicago Community Schools Initiative (Y-CSI) Coordinator at Carroll-Rosenwald Elementary Chicago Public School.