Our Team Keeps Growing!
We are proud to introduce the newest member of our team! On September 23, Jeannine Erickson started as our Writers’ Room Coordinator. In this role, Jeannine leads programming at our satellite location at South High School in Minneapolis. In the Writers’ Room, South High students and faculty receive dedicated writing support from 826 MSP staff and volunteers through in-class tutoring, drop-in writing consultations, workshops, and more.
Get to know Jeannine by reading her answers to the interview questions below.
What is your favorite sea creature?
My favorite sea creature is a sea otter because they are cute and hold hands while they swim.
What is your favorite book, and what about that book captivates you?
My favorite book is How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin. It was my first introduction into the Afrofuturist movement, and I enjoyed the short story format.
What brought you to 826 MSP?
I am a Public Ally with the Americorps Program and after interviewing with multiple partner organizations, I decided to partner with 826 MSP.
Why is empowering students to think creatively, write effectively, and succeed academically important to you?
Writing has been an intrinsic part of my personal and activist journey, and I am passionate about empowering students to write, create and innovate. However, too often standardized education fails to empower students as individuals and tends to promote a culture of homogeneity instead of unity. Unity, to me, is about the celebration of difference instead of the policing of it. With my passions for writing, social justice and connecting with and empowering youth, I am eager and ready to fulfill my role as the new Writers’ Room Coordinator at South High.