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Staff profile: Tyrese Gregg, Community Leadership Worker

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Tyrese has moved into the Community Leadership Worker position after an 11-year journey at CDI that took him from SNAP grad to volunteer and now a part-time staff member.

“Try your best, but don’t be afraid to admit your faults,” says Tyrese Gregg as he reflects on his approach to leadership.

Tyrese, age 17, recently began a position at Child Development Institute as a part-time community leadership worker at our St. Clair Gardens location, where he will be responsible for facilitating Homework Club and Activity Groups for the SNAP Girls and Boys programs.

In his new position, Tyrese will lead a team of staff and volunteers and will participate in regular meetings with CDI’s clinical team. He will also be responsible for connecting with parents and teachers, in addition to working closely with the children attending the group programs.

“I’m looking forward to getting to meet more kids and make more positive connections with them,” Tyrese says.

Tyrese has been involved with CDI since age 6, and over the years he has participated in several programs including Camp Wimodausis, SNAP Boys, the SNAP Leaders-in-Training program and the SNAP Peer Mentorship program.

“Tyrese brings a unique, holistic perspective to this position,” says Abdi Mohamud, Coordinator, SNAP Youth Leadership Services. “Thanks to his history with CDI, Tyrese is able to see situations from multiple angles. He’s walked in the shoes of our clients and brings a really important perspective to this role.”

“I don’t know where I’d be without CDI,” Tyrese says. “The staff here have seen me grow up, and we have built long-lasting friendships that have helped see me through some challenging times.”

We wish Tyrese all the best in his new position. Congratulations!