Photgrapher: Christal Luster
Hi Loved Ones! Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Arika Linton. My focus is Education, Creativity and Innovation. Prior to my role as Senior Recruitment Manager at City Year Chicago I served 1.5 years as Postsecondary Manager and Teacher in addition to 3 years as Dean of Students.
Through my educational platform I was the 2018 recipient of the WNBA Chicago Sky Redefine Possible Leadership Award. Aside from this recognition, my biggest career moment was sharing the stage with Reverend Jesse Jackson on the WORD Network for the Women’s History Month live broadcast.
Before beginning my journey into education, I spent 10 years as a Creative Consultant, Content Creator and Producer in the entertainment industry working with brands like Stella Rosa Wines, Walgreens, African Pride Hair Care and Black Women's Expo. After curating major events and securing top tier interviews, I decided to take my skills and share them with the children of Chicago.
On a personal note, I enjoy being a full time mommy to my brilliant and amazing prince, Zion and being a contributing writer for several black culture publications including The Chicago Defender, Blavity, 21Ninety and more.