Kylee North

“With all the stuff you see on the news that can be very negative, being here allows you the opportunity to see really positive and amazing things happen.” 

 

Interviewee: Kylee North

Interviewer: Amanda G., Grade 12

Interview Date: February 12, 2015

Interview Location: Cradles to Crayons, Brighton, MA

 Student Reflection:

Kylee North began working at Cradles to Crayons six years ago; prior to this she worked at Big Brother Big Sister for two to three years. She also did service work in Northern Ireland with Catholic and Protestant children. She stated that, “the mission of Cradles to Crayons really resonates with me; I really like the idea of giving back to the community.” Kylee’s happiness in her work area radiates through her as she told me, “with all the stuff you see on the news that can be very negative, being here allows you the opportunity to see really positive and amazing things happen.” One of her most memorable experiences concerned a little boy who had terminal cancer. His one wish was to learn how to ride a bike as he had very limited time left here on earth. Kylee and her co-workers rigorously went through the warehouse for 48 hours and after tired efforts, a suitable bike was nowhere to be found. Miraculously, the following day a woman brought in a bike with training wheels that was the perfect fit for the young boy. Kylee mentioned that it was “the most meaningful coincidence.” Her biggest test working for Cradles to Crayons is what happened when searching for the bike, when staff had to “walk out of the warehouse and there’s not something you can provide to a family, it’s always a challenge”. As the interview proceeded Kylee mentioned that she has, “always been someone who feels something and then has to do something about it, which I think has been beneficial and also sometimes gets me in trouble” she laughingly states, “but it’s just how I am built.” Kylee’s hard work and activism is proven day to day at her job where she and her partners work hard while enjoying the service and help they are providing to families. She believes that activism is “just doing it…pick something and take the first step.” Cradles to Crayons is a wonderful organization which provides children from birth to age 12 by uniting communities that “have” and communities that “need” together and creating a community of service to make Massachusetts better for families and children.

 

“The mission of Cradles to Crayons really resonates with me; I really like the idea of giving back to the community.”

“With all the stuff you see on the news that can be very negative, being here allows you the opportunity to see really positive and amazing things happen.”

“When you walk out of the warehouse and there’s not something you can provide to a family, it’s always a challenge.”

“I’ve always been someone who feels something and then has to do something about it, which I think has been beneficial and also sometimes gets me in trouble…but it’s just how I am built.”

“Just doing it…pick something and take the first step.”