My name is Adjoa Nyarko and I'm from Queens, New York. Before becoming a Public Ally, I was a New York City Teaching Fellow. When I graduated Howard University in May 2013, I wasted no time jumping right into education. I was always a person engaged in my community, both on the local and federal level. Whether in DC or NY, I wanted to be involved and make an impact to benefit people of color and empower them with the tools that would help them achieve their own success. However, as I began to teach in Bed-Stuy in one of the toughest schools in the city, I realized that with my gifts I was not able to make as much of an impact as I wanted. When I joined Public Allies, I found a place where my passions became the bridge to my purpose. Being matched at Cool Culture, I was able to fully dive into the organization. I was able to use my creativity to help develop the organizations appeal to millennials and assist in the recruitment, logistics and the execution of a program from its inception. This experience has given me a wealth of opportunities to engage in the deeper work of educating families through the arts. Being a New York Public Ally has opened my eyes to the great work of non-profits and the opportunity to know and work with some of the best people!