MY Y STORY - MEET ANTWON
We are excited to introduce you to another great member of our team! Antwon Hawkins recently joined the Northern Middlesex Y team in the role of Teen Coordinator.
Antwon grew up in New Haven, CT and is a graduate of Albertus Magnus College with a degree in Business Administration and Management. While in college, Antwon's life perspective changed after working with a nonprofit as a youth literacy coach through Americorp Public Ally in New Haven. Instead of heading to a corporate job, Antwon decided that his passion was working to help others find their purpose and feel good about themselves.
In 2015, Antwon created his own business called Speakfire Communications with a focus on offering workshops for adults and teens.
One of his first appearances was at the Russell Library in Middletown where he received an extremely warm reception. Experiences with the Community Foundation of Middlesex County also reinforced his interest in working within the nonprofit world in Middletown. In 2018, Antwon moved with his wife and child to Middletown where he felt welcome and inspired. When he discovered the Teen Coordinator position, it felt like a perfect fit.
"I have had so much experience working with teens, creating programs and facilitating community conversations that made me believe the Teen Coordination position would give me the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of teens in Middletown", stated Antwon.
He has already done a great job of jumping into our current teen programs and meeting some of our program participants. We’re excited to have him on the team!
"This is my very first experience with a YMCA," he said."I've never gone to the Y as a child. I grew up in New Haven which has a whole plethora of programs that provided valuable experiences for me as a youth."
Antwon is learning a lot about the Y through the expansive online network available through Y of the USA. During his first few weeks at the Northern Middlesex Y, connecting with youth development leaders and staff to learn about past and existing teen programming has been his priority.
Right now, Antwon's focus is on earning the trust of the teens. As an adult, Antwon can now look back at the powerful impact adult role models were for him during his teenage years. Being able to observe a S.T.O.R.M.Y nights program in action has helped Antwon generate ideas for expanding the reach of teen programming. He is looking forward to building meaningful relationships with the teens in our community and is hopeful that he can positively make an impact in the lives of others.
"I'm excited about the opportunities about how we can expand the offerings and explore other ways to utilize the facility creatively." Antwon expressed.