Youth Center Staff
Employment Opportunity! The Youth Center is currently hiring a full-time AmeriCorps position at the Middleton Youth Center to start in January 2022. For more information, contact Gabrielle at email@example.com or apply online: https://www.danecountyhumanservices.org/Children-Youth-and-Family/Community-Programs/PASS-AmeriCorps
- Director - Gabrielle Hinahara
- Assistant Director - John Hunter
- abby leasman
- andala yakubu
- rebecca hoesterey
- Jamila akbar
- rekia johnson
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. She studied environmental studies and Spanish and began working with young people through outdoor education and sustainable agriculture. Outside of her time at the Youth Center, she loves riding her bike, dancing, gardening, travelling, and spending time with the 12 housemates, friends, and kids that live in her co-op house.
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.
Abby Leasman, UW Social Work Intern
Abby is from Mankato, Minnesota, and recently graduated from UW-La Crosse with a psychology degree. She is beginning to pursue her MSW degree at UW-Madison. Abby loves taking care of her many houseplants, traveling, playing with her two dogs, and eating all types of pasta. She is excited to spend time with the kids at MYC this year and help them grow into the best versions of themselves!
Andala Yakubu, UW Social Work Intern
Andala is an international student from Ghana, West Africa. She's a first year Master of Social Work student at the University of Wisconsin Madison and recently graduated from Michigan State University with Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies. Andala loves watching Netflix, traveling, cooking, and meeting new people. She's excited to bring in an international perspective to the kids' learning at the youth center and looks forward to sharing her experience with them.
Rebecca Hoesterey, UW Social Work Intern
Rebecca hails from Ocala, Florida, where the oranges, natural springs, and heat are plentiful year-round. She completed her B.S. in Health Education & Behavior from the University of Florida in spring of 2018. Upon graduation, Rebecca served for a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a high school campus minister in Minneapolis. From there, she swung back to the east coast for two years to work in parish ministry and middle school teaching in Washington, DC, where the pursuit of social work came to a stronger realization. Rebecca is grateful for the opportunity to share her gifts with the MYC and to grow in knowledge of the skills and practices needed to foster relationships with students, families, and the community.
Jamila Akbar, High School Intern
Jamila is a junior 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! She is excited to be running the Girls Inc. club at the MYC this year, as well as helping kids with their homework, playing sports with them, and getting to see them share the fun experiences she did!
Rekia Johnson, High School Intern
Rekia is a junior at Middleton High School and is a graduate of the Middleton Youth Center! This year she is helping to run sports programs, homework help, and Social Justice Club in the after school program.