Welcome to our volunteer web page! I'm Precious McKoy, the Founder/Executive Director of the SHIELD Mentor Program (passion work). I believe that one of the keys to success is being a forever learner. That means that you take one training, class, course, certification or degree at a time until you get to where you desire to be as a working professional to sustain your family. I can assure you that having degrees doesn't really guarantee a whole lot. It's about how you apply yourself and position yourself as a leader. That's the heart of what we are teaching our young people. I happen to have obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Corporate Communication & Spanish from the Queens University of Charlotte and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from High Point University. I'm proud of the life lessons and community that I built by venturing off to pursue higher education. Under my leadership, SHIELD has gone from an early-stage startup to a sustainable organization and is now a leader in the mentoring services in the Greensboro community. I would tell my younger self that being a young person doesn't last forever and that I'm already great beyond my own belief. I would tell her that her mind is the greatest tool that she has to conquer the world. With that being said, I'd tell her to let her hair down and have more fun while working so hard. We should truly enjoy what we are doing each and every day.
Marketing and Communication Intern
My name is Destiny, and I am studying Music Education with a minor in Arts Administration at UNC-Greensboro. At UNCG, I work as a Catalyst Leader through the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement. Through this office, I found the SHIELD Mentor Program, a program that aligns with my personal values of giving all students the tools to be impactful leaders of the future. Without my grandmother as my own mentor, I wouldn't have been able to achieve and believe in myself as I do today without her guidance, leadership, and genuine care for my future. Learning from my grandmother who was an elementary teacher for over 25+ years, accessibility, meeting students where they are, and learning how to aid them in growing not only academically, but as future leaders, are goals I plan to achieve by serving the community and becoming involved outside of the classroom as a future educator in North Carolina.
UNCG HDFS Program Student
My name is Myasya. Through the years, I have learned that everyone is a leader. We all have leadership characteristics to our personalities. The uniqueness of my leadership style is my ability to have determination and confidence in my skills. Believing in myself to push towards greatness while guiding others have added to the leadership I present in myself. I think the biggest thing that makes me a great leader is my willingness to have an opened-mind. It allows me to learn and relate to different perspectives of others. I love learning new aspects of improving situations, which has really allowed me to grow as a leader.