The Young Women’s Leadership Schools Alumni Council
Creating authentic and joyous connections through empowerment
TYWLS Alumni Council seeks to engage alumni more formally with Student Leadership Network (SL Network) programming and create a stronger connection between TYWLS and alumni. Through events, networking, and volunteering, the council strives to bridge the gap between SL Network and TYWLS schools while supporting alumni along the way.
Who We Are
A service-minded individual, Eileen Galicia is currently a case manager at Selfhelp’s Project Pilot, a nonprofit community-based organization that serves the elderly population of Manhattan. Prior to Selfhelp, Eileen held several administrative positions, mentored elementary and high school students, and interned at Movado Inc., a NYC-based public relations office. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in theatre and dance from Dickinson College, where she co-coordinated an ESL program, volunteered at several community service organizations, did service work in Jamaica, and furthered her studies in China and Australia. These experiences influenced her love for travel; her soul gets fulfillment from exploring the world and the human condition, and she’s been grateful to have traveled to 15 countries before age 30. Eileen graduated from TYWLS of East Harlem and is a founding member of TYWLS Alumni Council. She likes to stay involved as much as she can and also volunteers with other youth leadership programs, including Jeter’s Leaders. She is passionate about creating personal, social, and positive change; event planning; all things artsy; and advocating for the lives of those “unsung heroes.”
Crystal Civil first appreciated New York City’s rich art, music, and food culture at a young age, thanks to her upbringing in East Harlem. Raised by parents who value family, tradition, and higher education, she attended CUNY Baruch College and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in sociology in 2014. Crystal explored various professions, including banking and retail, before beginning a career in public relations. After working as a hospitality and travel publicist, she decided to pursue purpose and passion in life and work. In 2017, Crystal earned her pastry and baking arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education. She enjoys following her wanderlust around the globe, having traveled to the world’s most beautiful destinations, including Japan, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Inspired by her appreciation of SL Network, Crystal helped launch TYWLS Alumni Council in 2015, alongside an amazing team who works vigorously to give back to the community. She graduated from TYWLS of East Harlem in June 2010.
Drusilla Ollennu serves as a creative department assistant at McCann’s New York office. She supports 24 employees each day with travel arrangements, expense reports, supply renewals, and resource inquiries. During her undergrad education at Fairfield University, Drusilla interned in McCann’s Diversity and Inclusion Department to develop diversity initiatives for the agency. In 2014, she earned a bachelor’s degree in English journalism and blended her passions for writing and fashion to create a blog, Told by Drudoll. Recently, she expanded her blog to focus on both fashion and natural hair. Drusilla graduated from TYWLS of East Harlem and is now a founding member of TYWLS Alumni Council.
Natasha Ramirez is a girls’ education program manager at YWLN. She earned a bachelor’s degree in childhood education from St. John’s University and received a master’s degree in special education from Hunter College. Her passion for education began while attending TYWLS of East Harlem. She has worked as a tutor, after-school counselor, and elementary school teacher and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). She is also the New York tri-state regional academic advisor for Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. At YWLN, she works closely with two schools, is a co-leader of the Alumni Council, and leads summer enrichment across the five network schools.
Nicole Katav provides financial literacy, planning, and security to all, especially underrepresented groups. She manages a community facility and creates and conducts lessons on computer literacy and Microsoft Office in both Spanish and English for local residents. She also assists in the Montessori Program and teaches fourth and fifth graders about endangered species. Nicole joined the Alumni Council in 2017.
What We’ve Done
Paint Night (2016) – bonding with fellow alumni while painting
The Truth About College (2016) – sharing personal experiences about the transition from high school to college with current high school students
You Warm Our Hearts (2016) – playing games, networking, and spreading love with fellow alumni on Valentine’s Day
Out with 2016 (2017) – creating “happy jars” with fellow alumni to celebrate the New Year
Toast to 2018 (2018) – playing games, earning prizes, and connecting as we welcome new alumni
The Revival: Women and the Word (2018) – inspiring and empowering fellow alumni with a documentary and cast discussion
Spring 2 College (2018) – collecting items for TYWLS seniors
TYWLS Alumni Network aims to connect TYWLS graduates, offer professional development opportunities, and provide occasions for social gatherings throughout the year.
Consider joining TYWLS Alumni Network:
- Opportunities to connect with TYWLS students across grades 6–12
- Opportunities to mentor seniors and recent TYWLS graduates
- Free or discounted admission to SL Network events
- Exclusive invitations to special events
- Networking and social events
- Health and wellness opportunities
- Meet and greets
- A lifetime network of TYWLS alumni!
Interested in joining the council? We are currently recruiting council members for the 2018–2019 school year. Please contact Natasha Ramirez.
If you have any questions, contact Amanda Rosenblum or Natasha Ramirez.
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