“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” – Maya Angelou
Happy New Year! It is with great pleasure that we usher in yet another year of partnership as we seek to improve the lives of vulnerable young people impacted by the youth justice and foster care system. This new year is a gift of time—more time to deepen our partnerships, to better support each other, and to see each other through change and growth. So, what will we do with this time?
Maya Angelou’s quote above acknowledges our interdependence and the importance of passing on knowledge, leadership and opportunity. As of Monday, January 7th, 2019, after 4 years of service with the Andrus Family Fund, I entered a time to serve as its Interim Director. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working closely with many of you throughout these years, and I look forward to getting to know more closely those of you in our policy and direct service portfolios.
Earlier this month we bid farewell to our beloved outgoing Executive Director Leticia Peguero, who recently took the helm as Vice President of Programs at the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Leticia was the embodiment of learning and teaching, getting and giving.
Rest assured that AFF is stable and grounded, well-prepared for the changes that lie ahead yet still holding close our commitment to our core values of deep engagement, just opportunity, connected innovation, and sustained impact. Your work on the ground is a constant example of how to embody this cyclical nature of change, growth, and commitment. We continue to stand by you as you seek to uplift youth who our society has often forgotten.
Jennifer Kaizer, our senior program associate, and I are excited about the journey ahead.
In committed service,