East End United Community Center is pleased to introduce Steve Strange as our new Executive Director. Steve is from Hopwood, PA, and has lived there most of his life. As a child, Steve dreamed of becoming a pro athlete and went on to get his Bachelor’s in Sports Journalism from Penn State University. Steve’s love for sports continues to influence his work ethic today.
Steve has worked for EEUCC since the beginning of 2019. He started as a teacher in our Afterschool Program. In May of the same year, he was promoted to 21st CCLC Afterschool Program Director of Margaret Bell Miller, Albert Gallatin North, and Albert Gallatin South middle schools. In June 2021, Steve began serving as EEUCC Interim Executive Director. In September Steve signed a contract to serve as ED on a permanent basis.
Like any good head coach, Steve trusts his assistants. He allows them to lead in the tasks given to them and steps in to help when needed. He enjoys using positive reinforcement with his employees and recognizing their achievements. When asked about his general feelings on EEUCC Steve said, “I love working here. East End is a great environment and the staff has treated me great since I started.”
As the new Executive Director, Steve’s immediate goal is to find afterschool funding to ensure that academic resources will continue to be available to our children and families. One of his long-term goals for the community center is expansion. Over the years, the amount of programming offered at East End has increased, and more space and capacity is needed to supply a top-notch environment.
In addition to overseeing an organization, Steve is also a husband and father. With each project he takes, he is encouraged not just to do a good job for himself, but for the sake of his family. His family gives Steve the push he needs to make sensible decisions to operate a fully functioning and flourishing company and East End is happy to have him. Finally, East End would like to leave you with some words of advice that Steve gave in efforts to encourage adolescent boys that are in the process of maturing into their manhood, “Don’t let your mistakes define you. Life is not going to be a perfect journey, but all you can do is try your best and learn as you go.”
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