Geizel began attending Little Lights in elementary school and came to almost every program, including Homework Club, Summer Lights, and Reading and Math Heroes.

After entering high school Geizel remained involved at Little Lights, but in a much different capacity than when she was a child. She began working part-time as a Program Assistant at Homework Club and Summer Lights, offering academic support to elementary and middle school students in the same programs she grew up attending. Throughout her college years and even now, after graduating, Geizel has continued to work at Little Lights.

When Geizel isn’t supporting children at Little Lights, she is assisting students with special needs at St. Coletta of Greater Washington, a nonprofit organization that aids children and adults with learning disabilities.

But it was through working at Little Lights that Geizel strengthened her interpersonal skills, especially while working with children. “Little Lights has taught me that I have good listening and communication skills,” Geizel said. She also credits Little Lights for preparing her for the modern workforce by providing multiple workplace trainings and opportunities to perform daily clerical tasks.

Geizel realizes that working with children who have special needs is not an easy job, but she feels motivated to help as many of them as possible lead regular lives. “We take our students [at St. Coletta] to the grocery store once a week to show them life skills like how to manage their money.”

Recently, Geizel crossed the graduation stage to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from Trinity University-Washington. Although faced with financial challenges while pursuing her college degree, Geizel felt most encouraged by those who have long supported her academic, professional, and personal growth.

“My mother, family, and Little Lights kept me motivated throughout my college journey,” Geizel said. “My community kept me going, too; I want to show the females in my community that they can finish, and go to college, coming from the hood.”