Nzinga West

high school programs manager

nwest@youthjobcenter.org
(847) 864-5627 ext. 11

What do you like about your job?

I like and am energized by the people I work with and for, but I LOVE that I am able to increase opportunity and impact positive change for young people and their families.

Where did you work before YJC?

Before working at YJC, I worked for various nonprofits, including the Springfield Urban League, Inc. and the YWCA of Springfield, and also for myself.

What was your first job?

My very first job was at Zipps Drive-Thru (similar to Checker’s).

What did you learn from your first job?

I learned that I did not want to work in a fast food restaurant.

Has your career path gone how you expected?

Until my mid-20’s, I worked in retail and hospitality. I really liked it, but it was not something I could envision as my career.  When I became a mom, I wanted to do something that guaranteed my daughter and her peers their best opportunities for success, so I began working with youth programs. From that point, it was clear to me that my career was in youth development.

Fun fact:

I am a cupcake fanatic – eating and baking.