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Staff Spotlight: Mr. Bee

April 19

selfie of man wearing glasses and black crewneck Mr. Bee joined the Wisconsin Youth Company team in October 2021 as site supervisor at Randall Elementary. He is the only staff member at that After School program and the children know they can always count on Mr. Bee to play an active game, join them in conversation, or play music. Mr. Bee understands the power of child voice, and allows for kids to have autonomy during program time.

Q1: When did you start working with Wisconsin Youth Company and what has been your favorite memory so far?

I started in the beginning of October 2021. A fun memory I’ve had so far is when my program manager showed me the program site area for the first time. We had to use the elevator and accidentally pressed the alarm button. We both had a good laugh afterwards and I’ll never forget that moment. To this day, I’m still scared that I’ll accidentally press it one day at program.

Q2: What is the most important thing you learned as a child that still applies today?

The most important lesson I learned as a kid is that I will always have my friends as a support system.

Q3: Who was a mentor you looked up to when you were younger? Why did you look up to them?

As a child, my mentor was my mom. She had a big family to take care of and I can’t believe she was able to take care of nine kids. She was a tiny lady who would put 110 percent into everything she’s doing and was always there for us when we needed her. She shaped me into who I am today and I’m so grateful to have her as my mother.

Q4: What is your favorite part about working with kids?

The best part about working with kids is how much energy they have. I love to stay active, and I’m always on my feet when I’m with them. I know each day I’ll always be able to achieve 10k steps.

Say “hi” to Mr. Bee next time you see him!