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Staff Profile: Kiesha Roberts

Cornerstone Director Kiesha Roberts began her career at BronxWorks in 2006, when the Agency was known as the Citizens Advice Bureau. Since then, Kiesha has worked in a variety of roles in both the BronxWorks Workforce Development and the Children and Youth Departments. Kiesha's current role as Cornerstone Director includes the oversight of staff, activities, and programming at the Betances, Classic, St. Mary's and Pyramid Cornerstone Community Centers.

Year-round, the Cornerstones provide services and programs for children, teens, adults, and seniors, many of whom are New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents. Programs for children include summer camp, academic support, recreational activities, and more. The Cornerstones offer a variety of activities for teens, including basketball, dance, fitness, trips to cultural and recreational sites, and open mic and spoken word events. Adults and seniors also enjoy fitness and dance classes. Participants of all ages are welcome to attend community events, town halls and other civic engagements at the Cornerstones. Kiesha strives to always offer top-notch programming to the thousands of community members who visit the Centers each year.

"I'm constantly asking myself how we can enhance our services,"she said.

 As someone with a strong background in technology, Kiesha hopes to expand computer and technology offerings. Success in cooking and nutrition at Classic, which has a commercial kitchen, has Kiesha planning on offering similar activities at the Pyramid, perhaps with a mobile kitchen.

Kiesha is also very adept at creating partnerships with organizations such as the Girl Scouts, which now offer activities at the Cornerstones. "I look for programs that encourage collaboration," Kiesha said. She has great working relationships with the Tenant Associations as well as the Police Service Areas that cover the neighborhoods.

Kiesha also leaves a lasting impact on the youth participants and serves as a mentor to many. She formed a strong bond with a young man named Eimad, who played basketball at Classic. Eimad struggled in school, but Kiesha encouraged him to work hard. After Eimad graduated from high school, she helped him find a job at a restaurant in the Bronx. Today, Eimad is learning to become a chef at an upscale restaurant in Manhattan. "Eimad still checks in with me, after all these years," Kiesha noted. 

Kiesha grew up in Harlem and attended the College of New Rochelle, where she honed her computer skills and received her Bachelor's degree in three years. She received a Master's degree in Information Technology and is currently a few credits shy of a PhD in the same field. Kiesha enjoys her job and appreciates its everyday challenges. 

"I am very hands-on," she said. "I will do maintenance work, help to cook in the kitchen, even sew if a child rips a piece of clothing. There is nothing I will ask my staff to do that I won't do. At the Cornerstones, we do it all." 

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