Sikina Lee is the administrative assistant at the Grand Center Arts Academy in St. Louis, MO. Ms. Lee was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and was a member of YouthBuild St. Louis’ second graduating class in 1993. She was the recipient of the “Outstanding Student Award” for being the only female in her class and becoming the foreman of her crew.
In April 2001, Ms. Lee decided to give back to the community and take on the role of an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer at the sponsor organization of YouthBuild St. Louis, Youth Education and Health in Soulard (YEHS), a nonprofit community service organization. Since then, Ms. Lee has created a first-time homebuyer financial literacy program, trained to supervise lead abatement programs, assisted with YouthBuild St. Louis alumni events, and helped to open the YouthBuild St. Louis Charter High School.
Ms. Lee worked for Pyramid Architects as an architectural drafter and CAD-operator from 2000-2001 after working at Abdelmalek & Associates, an engineering firm, where she was the only African-American employee. While with Abdelmalek, Ms. Lee was nominated and awarded the “Most Extraordinary Ordinary Person of the Year Award,” the first-ever recipient in the state of Missouri.
Ms. Lee is an active board member of the Human Development Corporation in St. Louis in addition to her position with YouthBuild USA.