Professional Development Coordinator for Alumni

Ricky Strickler is YouthBuild’s Professional Development Coordinator, working in the Postsecondary Career Development Department to support YouthBuild alumni in advancing within their organizations and furthering their careers. Prior to this position, Ricky served as an Americorps Member with City Year Philadelphia as well as for two years as a Community Projects Coordinator at YouthBuild. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Maryland, College Park, as well as a Master’s in Urban Education from Temple University.

Beyond youth development, Ricky’s biggest passion is music, and he also runs an after-school program connecting aspiring musical artists in Philadelphia high schools to mentors in the field. He spends his spare time producing, performing, and writing, as well as cooking and doing yoga. He finds the inspiration for his work in his faith, as well as from the work of his mother, a long-time social worker and professor. In the end, he feels the most important thing for young people is to find their passion and be supported as they pursue it.

rstrickler@youthbuildphilly.org