Heather Joyner, 28
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Job: Director of the Jack Minges Unit of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain
Major, (if in school): Graduated from ECU in 2012 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Child Development and Family Relations
A paragraph about what you do in the community: I oversee a program that serves nearly 250 members ages 6-18 years and lead and develop a staff of over 20 employees. I strive daily to provide our members with a sense of belonging and a safe and positive environment, and to enable their full potential through quality, intentional programming and a Club experience that reaches our outcomes of academic success, a healthy lifestyle, and strong character and leadership skills.This work is not possible without a strong, engaged team of leaders. I have found a passion (and continuous area of development) in leading and developing staff, and I have learned that the key elements (i.e. recognition and supportive relationships) that I instill every day in our youth are also important to instill in my staff. Members vote with their feet, and research shows that one of the top reasons youth come to the Club is because of the staff.
Why do you do it: I want to be a child’s biggest fan, and for them to always know that I am unconditionally there for them.
What are some things you are passionate about: My career – it is a lifestyle!; my family; my two spunky dogs, Darla and Zoe; education; mental health; equal opportunity for all; hot sauce!
Why you think what you do is impactful/important: Our youth are our future, and the work we do provides a platform to inspire and showcase their awesomeness, to become great leaders in our communities and agents of positive change, to assure success is within reach for every child, and to provide an unlimited amount of support in fostering their great future.