Amaka Unaka, originally from Southern California, is a School Administrator at the KIPP Ascend Charter School
in Chicago, Illinois. In her What's Your Calling?
interview, Amaka talks about building up a sense of self-worth
with the young people she works with so that they head to college and
believe in themselves and their aspirations. KIPP
is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. Among many other things, Amaka enforces KIPP's school behavior expectations, coordinates social and emotional services for students, collaborates with teachers regarding classroom management, and creates partnerships with community organizations.