Youth Center Staff
Gabrielle Hinahara, Director
Gabrielle has directed the Middleton Youth Center since it’s reopening in 2014. She loves working with middle school students and finds this work very fulfilling. In particular, Gabrielle enjoys building relationships with the Youth Center’s students and families, supporting the staff and interns, and finding new ways to grow and improve the program. Gabrielle grew up in Middleton and went to college at UW-Madison. Outside of her time at the Youth Center, she loves dancing, gardening, travelling, and spending time with the 12 housemates, friends, and kids that live in her co-op house. She is also in graduate school studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling for Children and Adolescents.
John Hunter, Assistant Director
John was born in Madison and has lived here most of his life. He graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in 2012. Before working for the Middleton Youth Center starting in 2015, John worked for one year at the Bridge Lake Point Waunona (BLW) Community Center on the south side of Madison as a PASS AmerCorps Member. John’s interests include playing and watching sports, fishing, reading, and playing video games.
Rekia Johnson, High School Intern
Rekia is a senior at Middleton High School and is a graduate of the Middleton Youth Center! This is her second year working at the Middleton Youth Center. This year, she will primarily support the after school homework help program, in addition to supporting students with all of the challenges of middle school.
Jamila Akbar, High School Intern
Jamila is a senior at Middleton High School and graduated from the Middleton Youth Center in 2019. She is passionate about helping kids see the world as a better place and help them grow into the best version of themselves all along the way. Jamila loves to read, run, bake, and listen to all sorts of podcasts! This is her second year working at the Youth Center, and she is excited to help kids with their homework and to get to see them share the fun experiences she did!
Andres Temozihui, Youth Center Assistant
Andres graduated from Verona Area High School in 2018 where he played varsity soccer for 4 years. He graduated from Madison Area Technical College in May of 2022 with a degree in Fitness and Recreation Management. Outside of the Youth Center, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, exploring outdoors, and working out. Andres is passionate about helping kids and help them grow along the way.