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Coach Stephanie

School: Center City PCS & KIPP WILL Academy

Why TRDC?:The ability to work with young people has been some of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my life. Teens Run DC provides a perfect opportunity for me to combine my love of mentorship and community with my love of exercise and wellness. I am excited to learn and grow with my students-- plus have a lot of fun along the way!

Fun Fact: I am a collector of board games and have over 100!

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Coach Sasha

School: Center City PCS

Why TRDC?: I know how tough the preteen and teenage years can be for middle school students. Academic expectations, peer pressures, and hormonal changes are thrust upon youths all at once, making it hard to keep mental, and physical, health a priority. I certainly struggled to define myself at that age, but sports helped me find beauty, strength, determination, and courage within myself, as an athlete. That confidence spilled over into my social and academic worlds. Slowly but surely I began embracing the eccentric quirks I had been so insecure about before. As a coach with Teens Run DC I can help ensure that students start on the path of self love and self acceptance by providing them with a supportive and caring team environment, which all children need, and deserve.

Fun Fact: I love eating lemons!

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Coach Yassah

School: Kelly Miller MS

Why TRDC?: TRDC gives me an opportunity to serve my community using my skills in athletics and teamwork.

Fun Fact: I enjoy musicals and DIY projects.

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Coach Zach

School: Cardozo Education Campus & Columbia Heights Education Campus

Why TRDC?: As a young athlete I was lucky enough to have terrific coaches and mentors who not only reshaped my athletic outlook and abilities, but also cultivated many lasting friendships. After experiencing the transformative power of sports, I hope to relay my positive experiences with teens all around DC.

Fun Fact: I played on my high school ping pong and chess teams.

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Coach Jasmine

School: Browne Education Campus

Why TRDC?: I enjoy helping the community in a way that enhances and empowers youth to be the best individual that they can be while operating in a team. TRDC makes this possible with physical fitness. I enjoy working with a community that wants to continue to grow and inspire and that’s what TRDC is about.

Fun Fact: My favorite thing to do is eat and read physics books.

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Coach Manley

School: Eliot-Hine Middle School

Why TRDC?: The ability to provide the importance of group or team physical activity has been a goal of mine.  As previous coaches, trainers, and group fitness instructors provided tips, tricks, and healthy habits, I was able to become a well-rounded person athletically and academically.  I am hoping to instill those values of commitment, consistency, healthy competition, vision, and caring within the future of athletes or marathoners from the District of Columbia Public School system.

Fun Fact: I enjoy skiing when I get to travel and there is snow.

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Coach Romeo

School: Browne Education Campus

Why TRDC?: Before getting involved with TRDC, I was a recent college graduate from California State University Los Angeles, earning a Bachelors in Pan African Studies with the aspiration to work amongst underserved communities. Right after, I moved to Washington D.C. to attend graduate school at Howard University, receiving a Masters Degree in Social Work with a focus in Criminal Justice. As a Graduate student, I was seeking to obtain a job that worked around my career interests. As I was introduced to TRDC, I realized how collectively engaging the organization was with underserved communities. I couldn’t help but to get involved and participate with TRDC to work amongst a community for our children.

Fun Fact: My birthday is on holiday where the whole world comes together and celebrates. New Years Day!

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Coach  Shakita

School: Kelly Miller Middle School

Why TRDC?:I enjoy working with Teens Run DC because being able to connect life skills with physical activity is something I absolutely live for. After losing over seventy-five pounds and attending law school, I was able to grasp the importance of discipline, commitment, and goal setting; mentally and physically. Once I learned how important these things were to my weight loss, I started seeing how they converted over into my personal and professional life.The way you do one thing is the way you do all things, so once I proved to myself that could be disciplined and committed to achieve one goal, losing weight; I took those same very concepts and applied them to my professional life, and essentially graduated law school as a result.

In addition to being able to do what I love to do, TRDC provided an opportunity to work with a demographic I love to work with; inner-city youth. In the past, I’ve always worked with children and have always enjoyed doing so. Even in my law career, I plan to work with juveniles to assist in breaking the “school to prison pipeline.” In this position at TRDC, I am able to do just that. I am able to connect with young individuals in a way that allows me to inspire, motivate, and alter negative perceptions and behaviors. I am able to listen to their issues and help them find or create solutions. I able to provide the support that they may not be getting elsewhere. Lastly, I able to provide a safe space that allows to them be themselves without having to worry about being judged, bullied, or ignored; which, in my opinion creates more positive interactions, constructive learning, and success.

Fun Fact: My first day working with TRDC at Kelly Miller just so happened to be on my birthday