Amanda Heckenkamp

  • Communications & Engagement Specialist

Amanda coordinates and supports communications work at the Weikart Center and provides training and technical assistance supports to OST networks engaged in YPQI. Outside of work, Amanda spends the majority of her time traveling and advancing her interests in photography and ceramics.

Amanda graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work and a Minor in French. While in school, she focused her studies on the advancement of youth, education, and social justice. She also has a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the University of Toronto and spent the 2016-2017 school year teaching English to secondary schoolers in the North of France. Prior to that, she had a number of experiences working with children and youth in various out-of-school-time settings.

Amanda first became familiar with the Weikart Center’s work when she was a teen consultant with Ann Arbor’s Neutral Zone for the Youth Driven Spaces Initiative in 2011. Fun fact: You can spot her name in the introduction of the Teen Advisory Council guidebook which she contributed to as a youth.