5 Questions with Neese Parker, Youth Engagement Manager

Published on May 11, 2021 | Written by

Meet Neese!

Neese coordinates youth engagement at Youthprise. This includes providing support to the young people partnering with Youthprise and facilitating programmatic initiatives such as YouthBank and the YPAR network. Neese previously served a term with the Minnesota Youth Council and is trained in Design Thinking facilitation. Contact Neese to learn more about her knowledge of art history or to learn about how to infuse youth voice in design thinking.

Tell us about your role in one sentence.

My role is to manage the engagement of youth here at youthprise and to provide support externally.

What inspires your work?

My personal experiences and my neighborhood needs inspire my work.

Favorite quote/saying.

"Love is like art. Journeys end in lovers meeting." Cavis Adams/Shakespear

Describe your perfect day!

Sleeping in, cleaning my room, getting some writing done, eating good food. Music and friends. Lots of music and lots of friends.

What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?

The smile that comes upon the faces of the participants when my engagement is both enjoyable and a life long memory from impact

  • If you had to perform at a talent show, what would your talent be? Poetry
  • Tell us a fun fact about you that not many people know. My heart smiles when I can deeply connect with my community, with my family and loved ones. It brings healing.
  • Recommended read or watch: An article, a book, a movie, a TV show ... etc.:
What Neese's team members say about her:

"Neese always makes you feel like you’re her best friend whether you’re a long-time confidante or if you’ve just met her. She has a charisma that is addictive and exciting." - Aimee, Youth Philanthropy Manager

"Neese puts people first. Walking into the office every day (pre-covid), she would greet everyone individually and ask how they’re doing.. and actually listen. Oh she also gives THE BEST hugs." Claire, Director of Organizational Effectiveness

"Neese is a real one! She has the best energy and has sooooo much love for both the work and the community. Always trust her to get to the heart of things." - Nadia, Research Manager

To learn more about our other team members, CLICK HERE!

Youthprise is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.

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