Natalie Joy named acting director of Work Ethic Program


The Board of Directors of The Evanston Work Ethic Program has announced the appointment of Natalie Joy as the organization’s acting executive director.

The Evanston Work Ethic Program is a non-profit dedicated to helping ambitious high school students build pathways to in-demand, high paying careers that require apprenticeships/certifications/associates degrees, but not necessarily a four-year college degree.

“We’re pleased that Natalie has taken on this leadership role,” said Hecky Powell, founder and board member of the WE Program. “Her strong ties to our philosophy, curriculum and students, cultivated through her experience as our program director make her well positioned to lead us going forward. Her passion and commitment to our educational mission will enable her to plan effectively for the future, expand our programs, and build new paths toward professional preparation and employment for our youth.”

Natalie Joy started her relationship with Evanston WE nearly two years ago as a volunteer programming coordinator for incoming juniors. Shortly thereafter, she was hired as program manager, and then promoted to program director. She was instrumental in establishing a series of curriculum workshops for juniors, seniors and post-secondary students, as well as executing the summer apprenticeship program for all students.

Joy has recently completed a Leadership Evanston experience and has deep family ties in the Evanston community. Joy holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in political science.  For more information contact Hecky Powell  [email protected]

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