Brittany has been working in the youth development field for over ten years. She found her way into this field through volunteer work with Pioneer Clubs. She continued to work as a practitioner within local after-school programs, kids clubs at the YMCA, and summer camps - first as a counselor and then continuing on to be a manager.
In college, she continued to volunteer with this population while working toward her double major in Psychology and Sociology - with a concentration in Social Welfare - at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Coming from a lower-middle income family, Brittany understood the importance of making a difference in the lives of youth who struggle socio-economically. Looking to the supports in her own life that helped her succeed despite the adversities she faced, she wanted to ensure other youth could tap into similar resources.
This focus led her to Dr. Tiffany Berry's lab (i.e., YDEval lab) at Claremont Graduate University where she recently received her Masters in Positive Developmental Psychology and Evaluation. Brittany has been passionately involved in the YDEval lab throughout her time at CGU. Instead of creating new programs and interventions to help youth thrive, YDEval focuses on improving the programs and interventions currently at work to ensure they produce optimal outcomes for youth. Brittany is now the lab manager of the YDEval lab as she continues to pursue her PhD in Positive Developmental Psychology at Claremont Graduate University.
Brittany has worked on approximately six different evaluation projects throughout her time at Claremont Graduate University. She is still currently working on the evaluation of the Montebello Unified School District's Extended Learning Opportunities and the evaluation of the Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Services provided by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families in San Francisco. To find out more about the work Brittany is conducting both within and outside of YDEval, feel free to visit her LinkedIn page.
When Brittany is not conducting evaluations and learning more about youth development, she enjoys going on adventures in nature, playing almost any sport available (with a special love for Ultimate Frisbee), dancing, reading, and spending time with people that matter most to her.