Sylvie joined IEL in December 2017 as a program associate working on IEL's Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC) initiative.
Sylvie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Urban Studies and Communication. Throughout college, she held a variety of internship and job positions in nonprofits, both domestically and internationally. In 2013, Sylvie spent two months in Peru building latrines and leading community health fairs and subsequently volunteered as an English language teacher at a public elementary school while studying abroad in the Netherlands. In Pittsburgh, Sylvie wrote articles on current issues within education for online viewing and assisted with creating a guide for parents and tutors for the recent changes to Common Core State Standards at the time with the Pittsburgh Assistance Center for Educators and Students.
These experiences motivated Sylvie to enroll as an AmeriCorps service member in D.C. after graduation, when she served with Kid Power, Inc. as the site director for an enriching afterschool program in a DCPS elementary school. With 150 students under her care daily, she prized a holistic approach toward serving her students. This included creating open networks between students' families, community, school day teachers, and afterschool staff. Akin to this methodology, IEL’s mission of building bridges toward a common goal was one of the factors that strongly drew Sylvie to IEL.