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Apollo Assistants drive collaboration by creating mask chains for kids

Monica LaBadia
Corporate partner Apollo's team of Assistants drive collaboration by creating mask chains for kids at CFK's Youth Engagement Center.


This article originally appeared in an internal Apollo Global Management internal newsletter. It is shared with permission.




Just over a year ago, coronavirus was declared a pandemic and the offices of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (“Apollo”) were shut down globally. We all quickly innovated to adapt to technology, shift our job duties, be productive, and help others in need. The OneApollo team embraced one of its core values: to drive collaboration.

Apollo assistants found new ways to connect with one another and contribute to their respective teams. With limited travel over the course of the year, assistants stepped up to the plate to expand their duties by leading citizenship projects. Their latest initiative helped children find a fun way to wear their PPE – by creating colorful beaded mask chains for them.

Ten Apollo assistants partnered with Change for Kids to design 100 mask chains for children at the Change for Kids Youth Engagement Center in the South Bronx of New York City. These accessories, designed in blue, hot pink, rainbow, and other vibrant patterns, will help students to stay safe, healthy, and confident with their masks always by their side.

“I had seen kids in NYC use the chains, so I knew they were something helpful. Being a former teacher, it reminded of me of the part of teaching I loved, creating things that kids would appreciate. I had fun making the mask chains and was happy to help those in need,” said Jordan Spoth, Assistant on the Opportunistic Credit team for CPS.

Other citizenship projects that Apollo assistants have directed during the pandemic include: making handmade Thanksgiving cards and donating meals to low-income families in Queens, sending virtual valentines to hospitalized patients, and writing thank you cards for first responders who have kept our communities safe.

“I loved bonding with the team and seeing how quickly everyone volunteered and offered tips and tricks on how to make the best gift for the kids,” said Marissa Smith, Human Capital Coordinator.
Monica LaBadiaFor Monica, every child is valuable and deserves to be heard. Originally from Los Angeles, prior to joining CFK, Monica worked in various roles within the non-profit arts and education spaces, including as an English teacher in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! She is also a screenwriter and playwright. She holds a BA from UC Santa Barbara and an MFA from the Writer’s Foundry. When Monica was a kid she wanted to be a marine biologist when she grew up.

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