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 Cecilia, one of UI’s newest Program Associates!
Basic info: Name, birthday, where you last went to school
My name is Cecilia Pedroza, my birthday is Feb. 5th, I graduated two years ago from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Who is your favorite Spice Girl/Backstreet Boy/Power Ranger?
My favorite Spice Girl is Posh Spice and Backstreet Boy was Nick Carter, I didn’t have a favorite Power Ranger.
Who is someone that has really inspired you in your lifetime?
My dad is someone who inspires and still does.
If we gave you $20 to go spend on anything right now, what would you buy?
I would spend it on coffee and a good read!
What’s your favorite type of cheese and why?
My favorite type of cheese is mozzarella especially when it’s fried and it’s fun to say.
What is your spirit animal?
My spirit animal is an elephant!
If you were to throw a dinner party, who are 3 people you’d want to invite?
If I was to throw a dinner party I would invite my two sisters and mom.
What is the last book you read?
The last book I read was The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari.
What’s the best place to get food in Chicago?
Nuevo Leon on 18th street served delicious Mexican Food but it burned down a few months. Some of the former cooks from this restaurant opened their own establishment called Tequila.
How would your best friend describe you?
My best friend would describe me to be funny, very sarcastic, and quite sassy. ?
What’s your favorite childhood sports-related memory?
One of my favorite childhood memories is going to baseball games with my grandpa, siblings and dad.
What are you most excited about for this year?
I’m really looking forward to an awesome learning experience and hoping to learn more about myself. Also be able to branch out and network!
What was your first impression of Jim Dower?
He’s friendly and welcoming.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I enjoy baking and decorating cakes.