Program Associates are vital to Urban Initiatives’ mission of empowering Chicago’s youth to become agents of community change through academic success, healthy living, and leadership development. They drive systematic change by connecting stakeholders and strengthening the social fabric of the community. Meet Camila, one of UI’s newest Program Associates!
Basic info: Name, birthday, where you last went to school
Camila Giraldo, October 20th, Walter Payton College Prep High School.
Who is your favorite Spice Girl/Backstreet Boy/Power Ranger?
My favorite spice girl is probably Mel B, and my favorite Power Ranger is definitely the red one. I don’t have a favorite backstreet boy but my favorite ninja turtle is Raphael<3.
Who is someone that has really inspired you in your lifetime?
My parents have definitely inspired me, but I’m also constantly inspired by our youth because of everything they do and are capable of.
If we gave you $20 to go spend on anything right now, what would you buy?
If I had $20 right now I’d spend it on food for sure.
What’s your favorite type of cheese and why?
I’m not huge fan of cheese but I’m always down for a grilled cheese so whatever kind of cheese is used for that is good by me.
What is your spirit animal?
I wouldn’t say spirit animal.. but lately I’m feeling like a frog.
If you were to throw a dinner party, who are 3 people you’d want to invite?
If I had a dinner party I would have a girls night with Rihanna, Shakira and maybe Kesha because they just seem like so much fun.
What is the last book you read?
The last book I read was Long Division by Keise Laymon.
What’s the best place to get food in Chicago?
The best place to get food in the city depends on what kind of food you want but you can never go wrong with tacos from el famous burrito.
How would your best friend describe you?
My best friend would probably describe me as loyal and thoughtful.
What’s your favorite childhood sports-related memory?
My favorite childhood sports-related memory is that I was not very good at sports.
What are you most excited about for this year?
What I’m most excited about for this year is meeting all the kids at my schools.
What was your first impression of Jim Dower?
My first impression of Jim Dower was he’s so friendly and also knows my best friend’s dad so thats awesome.