“Me? I am a horrific artist, but very much a believer in a team concept. Here at ImagineU, you can’t accomplish all that needs to be done without a magnificent team, so you hire and work with individuals who are good at their jobs and you let them shine. You find their strengths, and you let them use their talents to fulfill their passions and when they do, you get this … a place that is fun, educational and a great resource for the entire family. Finding great people, being a good planner and ensuring that the pieces fit and work together are probably my greatest strengths.” With summer right around the corner, Young and the staff at ImagineU are gearing up for seven weeks of day camp. As a working mom, she is proud of the resources and programs that the organization offers parents, and the learning opportunities that the themed camps provide local children ages 5 to 11. Young is most proud of the fact that the camp schedule correlates to most parents’ working hours. For Young, making an impact on the community and teaming up with other
nonprofits to ensure that there is something at the museum for every child is of primary importance. And since the mission of ImagineU is to “Empower and Inspire,” she believes that it is her job to make sure that every child walks away from the museum feeling better about themselves and full of self-confidence in order to feel that they are equipped to tackle the world. “I love that ImagineU can make an impact on the community and that I am able to do so too as a result of the work
that the staff and I are able to do. I like to think that NEXT maybe we can influence GEN the future mechanics and architects of the area as a result of what they experience here. We just never know what will catch a child’s fancy and influence their future. Just imagining the possibilities that await all of our visitors is just one of the many fun parts of my position.” While this is Young’s first foray into running a museum, she couldn’t be happier with her job, the people she works with, and the daily opportunities to watch kids learn and play while she sneaks in a little fun herself. “If you had told me I would have ended up running a children’s museum like ImagineU, I would have probably chuckled a bit,” said Young, chuckling herself. “Yet I am so glad that I am here. Now I really can’t imagine doing anything else because where else could I have so much fun and learn right along with the kids at the same time? Frankly, there is no place else I would rather be.” L
Katy Young with her mother Dru Quesnoy and daughter Elizabeth.
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Lifestyle Magazine - June 2018