Wyatt Schroeder with YMCA “Little” Jude Ellis
Get To Know Wyatt And Why He Said Yes To Being A Model
How did you get roped into doing this, and what was your first thought when asked?
Meagan Ellis reached out and asked if I would join the team. And when passionate people give you a call, you listen.
Why did you say yes?
I said, yes, because of the kiddos. I have positively zero interest in walking down a catwalk by myself. None. Being able to share that moment with a pumped child is awesome. That’s what the Y is all about – magical moments for children that show the power of possibility. And that’s what I want my community to be about.
What is your official job title?
Director of Community Partnerships in the Mayor’s Office
How would you describe your job to your mother?
“Mom, don’t worry. Your boy is doing just fine. Yes, mother, I know that dedicating your life to ending homelessness isn’t what all the kids do. How do I spend my day? Well, I’m constantly connecting with interesting people, passionate citizens, and talented organizations to see how we can build partnerships that help our most marginalized communities. Yes, mother, I’ll try to get more sleep. Yes, I know how the cell phone works.”
All families are unique, tell us about yours.
My two brothers mean the world to me. My nuclear family has been close for a long time, and we continue to develop that bond.
Every year, my brothers (Zach and Quintin) and I participate in some traditions. Every March, we descend on Boise to attend Treefort together. Every spring, we head to a new city to watch a weekend of baseball. Every week, we are on the phone to give each other encouragement, to ask the hard questions of each other, to be vulnerable, to be nurturing.
Tell us about your personal passions, talents, and/or hobbies.
Baseball, music (it’s possible I have a degree in trombone performance), hiking, and knowing way too much about The West Wing.
Who inspired you when you were growing up, and why?
Baseball was our religion growing up. I was inspired by Ryne Sandberg most of all. My grandfather would sit me down and tell me stories of Sandy Koufax, of Roberto Clemente, of Roy Campanella. He would tell stories of all the players that fought through adversity. I was inspired by the players that focused calmly on their game, had unflinching resolve, developed a keen discipline.
My grandparents were both interesting and compelling men in my life. I was inspired by both of them. They taught me to tell stories, to ask questions, to sit around the dinner table for as long as there was company.
If you could go back and talk to your 12-year-old self, what would you say?
This question always seems backwards to me. I feel like I’ve unlearned more lessons that my 12-year old self intuited. I wish that my 12-year old self could come and talk to me. He would tell me to stop being so afraid of what others think, he would tell me to play more, he would ask me if I ever became a major leaguer. He would tell me to by myself. And to laugh with friends as often as possible, to grab a mitt and go and play catch.