RAWK Spotlight: Ella Szczublewski

For the month of April, we are shining the RAWK Spotlight on

Ella Szczublewski

The RAWK Spotlight is a monthly series that celebrates folx who embody and serve the mission of empowering youth voices. Folx in the RAWK Spotlight can be anyone from staff, to volunteers, to Board Members, to community partners. They are chosen by the RAWK staff team by merit of their passion, dedication, and enthusiasm for serving local youth and their community!

Keep reading to hear from RAWK staff team and Lincoln youth about her work at RAWK!

Hear what our staff team members and some Lincoln youth have to say about Ella:

Ella was one of the first volunteers I trained when I began my position at RAWK in the fall of 2021. She continued volunteering with RAWK even after she had completed the required amount of volunteer hours for the service learning portion of her course at the time. Driven by her passion for serving the youth at Lincoln, she’s continued volunteering to this day! Thank you Ella for supporting our Lincoln Readers’ Room and RAWK!

Ynika Yuag (Engagement Coordinator)

Getting to know Ella as she’s been volunteering in the Readers’ Room has been great! She has done such an amazing job connecting with the youth and helping us continue to make RRR [RAWK Readers’ Rooms] a safe and fun learning environment!

Bre Burnside (Program Facilitator: Lincoln)

Ella has truly been an amazing addition to the Readers’ Room. Ella was part of my very first group of service-learning students, and long after she fulfilled her service learning requirement, she continues to come and support the Readers’ Room. It makes me so happy that she found joy in the Readers’ Room, and that she dedicates some of her free time each week to being here with us. The youth love her and she is always so gentle, patient, and kind. Thank you for showing up and being an important part of RAWK, Ella! We truly appreciate you.

JaMeelah Williams (Program Coordinator: Lincoln)

She is nice and she is good and she helps me be a great reader.

Jamarian (Kindergarten youth)

Ms. Ella helps me with my grammar and helped me with my story about sleep for the newsletter. I love her eyes and her blond hair when it shines through the sun.

Naomi (5th grade youth)

I like that when we’re doing group projects like the Global Reading Challenge, she comes around and checks on everyone.

Aubree (5th grade youth)