Director of Engagement
Aprill Hawkins, a native St. Louisan, is an education and non-profit professional who has dedicated the last 11 years to providing exposure, college-access resources and career mentorship to Chicago’s youth in an effort to increase diversity in higher education and the workforce. After obtaining her B.A. in Communications from Alabama A&M in 2005, Aprill relocated to Chicago to complete a graduate degree in Higher Education at Loyola University.
Aprill began her career as a co-teacher at Sacred Heart Schools while also volunteering as a tutor/mentor with GEAR-UP, working within Dunbar High School. In 2008, Aprill began serving as Program Director for the Visitation Scholarship Program in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, developing and implementing college-preparatory curriculum and programming for 9th-12th graders. Most recently, Aprill served as Career Program Manager for The Posse Foundation, a college access and leadership development program. During this time, she created partnerships with Chicago-based companies and organizations committed to providing career opportunities for Posse Scholars; she also provided career coaching and mentorship to recipients and Alumni. In addition to youth development and Aprill’s work experience also includes: volunteer recruitment and engagement, staff development, operations, event planning, facilitation and program strategy and evaluation. Aprill is an active volunteer and has previously served on the junior board of the Chicago Public Library Foundation and as a mentor for Chicago Scholars. Currently, she volunteers with iMentor and is learning to play the guitar.