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Featured Network Member: Rebecca Katz

Rebecca

Rebecca is a Power Member with the Network and a volunteer coordinator at YouthBuild in Smoketown. Read how she is transforming Louisville for youth–and for her family–through strong relationships and through a commitment to seeing others as “creative, resourceful, and whole.”

Eliot Zellers

Where are you from?

Rebecca Katz

I’m from Louisville, Hike’s Point originally. I didn’t travel much around Louisville until I moved back from college. I live in Old Louisville now.

EZ

You went to Western (Kentucky University) right?

RK

Yes, I majored in Religious Studies with a double minor in Folk Studies and Civic Engagement.

EZ

How’d you get involved in YouthBuild?

RK

I was a student worker for the Institute of Citizenship and Civic Responsibility. I ran a program working with groups of high-schoolers to teach them about social responsibility. I tried to get the program taken up by the YMCA, actually, but it didn’t work out. Through the program I was connected to Lynn (Rippey), who runs YouthBuild. Even though I didn’t specifically seek it out, it’s turned out to be a really good connection.

EZ

How do you involve yourself in community?

RK

A lot of it is through YouthBuild. I guess mostly through showing up and being present at things that students at YouthBuild are interested in. I’m also facilitating a program called Metro Youth Advocates, researching issues for that. Trying to build up YouthBuild by finding resources. I’m trying to think of other things.

EZ

That sounds like a lot! What drives you to do this work?

RK

My family. When I started at YouthBuild my mom wasn’t happy about me being in Smoketown. I wanted to change people’s perceptions about the West End. Everywhere is worth something, and I want my mom to not be afraid to walk down a street in her own city.

EZ

How’d you get involved in the Network?

RK

My first introduction was through George Eklund. I came to a Network Nite, and just kind of hung out through that for a bit. After I came to YouthBuild, I got involved in the Network’s Smoketown Mapping process. I got to see the reciprocal relationship between YouthBuild and NC3.

EZ

What do you like about the Network?

RK

Diversity, that’s number one. I’ve never met so many different people. I didn’t even know there were housing projects in Lousiville before I got involved, as I’d mostly been protected from seeing things like that by my parents. Unfortunately, in trying to protect me, they cut me off from a lot of the community.

EZ

What would you like to share with other Network members?

RK

You can’t go wrong with assuming that everyone is creative, resourceful and whole. I can’t say enough how important it is to believe those words, and the positive effect they’ve had on how I view others and how I do my work.



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