Staff Spotlight – Shane Yost

910_10151239651758095_1571912476_nThis month, we would like to introduce you to N Street Village staff member Shane Yost.  Shane joined N Street Village as the Manager of Individual Giving in October 2012.  Part of Shane’s responsibilities include overseeing mailings and sharing the good work of N Street Village with supporters.  Shane is originally from Rochester, N.Y.; he spent time living and working in Texas before moving to the District in 2000. Let’s get to know Shane:

NSV: What is your role at N Street Village and how do you spend your days?
SY: I share with our supporters how their donations positively impact the lives of our clients. One way that I am able to do this is by interviewing a client about her story and N Street Village experience. It is a great privilege to hear about the struggles that a woman has encountered and how she is striving to make her life better. I then use that interview to write a piece to share with our donors.

NSV: What inspired you to work at N Street Village?
SY: N Street Village is a place that truly values women and provides them with opportunities to better their lives. This is apparent as soon as you visit. I knew that this was a place I wanted to be a part of – a place in which every person is valued no matter what their background.

NSV: In the last year, what has been your greatest accomplishment working at N Street Village?
SY: I started the Village View, our print newsletter, which shares our clients’ stories with our supporters. I am honored to share the stories of women who have experienced so much hardship, yet remain strong and positive.

NSV: What is one of your favorite N Street Village memories?
The Valentine’s Day Tea Time hosted by the N Street Village Mentors. It was such a joyful occasion to see the clients laughing, singing, and dancing. N Street Village strives to be a place where clients can experience happiness and hope—this event demonstrated what we are all about.

NSV: What is one of your favorite places to visit in the DMV?
SY: I love running along the Anacostia River Walk trail in Southeast Washington. It’s peaceful and beautiful along the water and much less crowded than other trails in the area.

NSV: If you could go to a music concert tomorrow, what artist/group would you want to see?
SY: Led Zeppelin 1973

NSV: What is something that people reading this may not know about you?
SY: If I were not working at N Street Village, I would be a rock god just like Robert Plant.

NSV: Describe N Street Village in 3 words.
Vibrant. Life-affirming. Community.