Mahalia is originally from the Milwaukee area and first joined the Y.O.U. team as a work study student in 2013. She earned her B.A. in creative writing from Northwestern University in 2017. Since then she has served as a summer Inspire Fellow, an AmeriCorps Y.O.U.th Serve member at Oakton Elementary, and now as the Afterschool Program Manager at Edison Elementary.
Mahalia has a particular passion for literacy and using creative writing as a tool for self-understanding and identity development with youth. When not working with Y.O.U. families in Skokie, you can find her trying new recipes, visiting her nine younger siblings in Wisconsin, or rooting for the Green Bay Packers.