July Staff Profile: Meet Annamaria Felix

 

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Annamaria Felix, Community Empowerment Center Program Associate

How long have you worked for RBSCC? In what capacity?

I made 3 years in February. I first worked doing foreclosure prevention and now I am a Program Associate, helping all of the Community Empowerment Center’s programs run smoothly.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job? Most challenging?

The most rewarding aspect of the job is knowing that everything I do can potentially affect someone’s life for the better. The most challenging is doing a million things at once.

How did you end up in this field? Why do you do this work?

I had my daughter in 2009 and was in no rush to go back to work, but then I started to feel the need to go back into the world. I decided that if I was going to leave her I wasn’t going to leave her for just any job. I wanted to leave her to do something that would mean something or make a difference. I came to RBSCC and found that job.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Probably still trying to help people. Maybe changing the world.

What do you like most about working for RBSCC?

The people. Especially here at the Empowerment Center. Everyone is hardworking and dedicated. I have never enjoyed working with a group of people as much as I enjoy working with the staff here.

What do you like most about Brooklyn?

Although I don’t live here now, I was born and raised here. My daughter goes to school here and my parents live here. It’s a wonderful place to live. Rich in culture and tradition, and just a very interesting place to be.

Tell us something unique or surprising about you.

I run a non-profit mentoring program in my spare time. We pair girls, ages 10-18, with a mentor who encourages them to set goals educationally, professionally, and personally and guides them in achieving those goals. We also like to encourage broadening our horizons and exposing our mentees to things they normally might not have the opportunity to experience, such as different restaurants, museums, concerts, and festivals. One of mentees is actually graduating top of her class in June and has been accepted to literally every school she has applied to…So it’s exciting!

 

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