Fellow of the Week – Lennie Naughton

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Lennie is serving their first year at the Tierney Learning Center
What inspires you to serve? 
 Kids!
What is your favorite part about serving at your host site? 
 The kids/families in the community have a lot of autonomy and are genuinely happy with, and well served by, the TLC. The staff is also incredible, as well as overwhelmingly supportive, knowledgeable, and helpful in their experiences and interactions with people with disabilities.
What has been your biggest personal or professional accomplishment so far this year?
 Well, I’ve only been at the TLC for a little over a week now, but I am looking forward to [hopefully] creating an autonomy-supportive, trauma-informed, safer space, and supporting the pre-teens in their developmental, social, and emotional health (as opposed to solely focusing on homework or college prep). I would also like to have a lot of youth-led activities (such as pre-teens leading discussions and picking topics, teaching the skills, classes, or workshops in things that interest them, etc.), so hopefully those things will all wind being positive accomplishments for them as well as me this year!
What is your dream job? 
 Teaching artist/youth worker by day. Writer/director of horror by night. Proud dog parent 24/7.
Describe the greatest adventure of your life.
Figuring out how to get around in Boston after growing up in a grid system that made sense. (Not sure if that’s a regular adventure or more of a misadventure, but lemme tell you, it was a time.)
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