UI Staff: Meet Gaby!

REC Coordinators are vital to Urban Initiatives’ mission of empowering Chicago’s youth to become agents of community change through academic success, healthy living, and leadership development. They drive systematic change by connecting stakeholders and strengthening the social fabric of the community. Meet Gaby, one of UI’s newest REC Coordinators!

Name: Gaby Mendez

Birthday: February 4th

Who is your favorite Spice Girl/Backstreet Boy/Power Ranger? 

SPICE GIRLS! Victoria Beckham

Who is someone that has really inspired you in your lifetime?

I don’t have anybody in particular that inspires me but I actually get inspiration and motivation from people and their stories, however; no one in particular.

If we gave you $20 to go spend on anything right now, what would you buy?

My Dad definitely my biggest supporter.

What’s your favorite type of cheese and why?

Queso Adobada de Mexico

What is your spirit animal?


If you were to throw a dinner party, who are 3 people you’d want to invite?

My parents and brother.

What’s the best place to get food in Chicago?

La Palapa

How would your best friend describe you?

Positive, energetic and funny

What’s your favorite childhood sports-related memory?

Volleyball, Captain JV and Varsity

What is your go to karaoke song?

Aca entre nos

What are you most excited about this school year? 

Building relationships!

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