Meet our August Volunteer of the Month: Crystal Worrell


August 1, 2016


Crystal Worrell is 20 years old and was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She attended Leon M.Goldstein High school for the Sciences and is currently entering her senior year of undergrad at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She is majoring in English and minoring in dance, a Lannan Fellow, President of Black Student Union, and choreographs for the dance club on campus!  After graduation, she hopes to come back to NYC to attend graduate school at NYU where she will get her MFA in creative writing. She loves performing spoken word poetry and writing all types of poetry, including spoken word!

1. How did you first get involved with 826NYC and why did you decide to volunteer?

I love this question! I took a summer course with NYU last summer in creative writing (The lovely Gail Carson Levine was my professor! Aaaaah!) and before school let out this year I was looking for an internship in which I could work with kids creatively for some extra credit for undergrad so I decided to look on NYU’s internship info page (which Gail directed me to), and that’s how I ended up here, kind of like on a whim! I love working with kids which made this experience even more intriguing!

2. What’s your favorite part of volunteering at 826NYC?

Workshopping with the kiddies! They’re so much fun to work with and they absorb so much! They also have the MOST creative mindsets which I absolutely love love love!!!

3. What do you do when you’re not at 826NYC?

I’m either writing poetry, stressing about life after undergrad (lol), babysitting, singing, dancing (I love that too) or just finding time to spend with friends and family!

4. What advice would you give a new volunteer?

Give everything you take part in here with 826 your all! and have fun!!!

5. What are your superpowers?

Love and Black Girl Magic!