“I like to help encourage the children to read even if they have trouble with a word. They might seem shy at first, but eventually they open up to let us help. … After a while they grow more attached to us as well as we get to them, and by April I really hate to say goodbye to them. I grow to love them.”

Age: 17

School: Broadmoor High School, senior

Parents: Virginia Robins and Larry Penn


Books: S.J. Day’s Marked series

TV show: “Real Housewives of Atlanta”

Movie: “Stomp the Yard”

Music: Hip-hop and R&B

Hangout: “My room.”

Role model: “My mom.”

Extra: Albertha Penn enjoys powerlifting, track and dance. As part of Volunteers In Public Schools’ EveryBody Reads Teens program, she walks to Broadmoor Elementary School to read with young students who are struggling with their reading skills. She has been involved in the program for two years and values the opportunity to volunteer, “because it teaches me to grow. I feel as though I become a better person.”

William Taylor

Assistant People editor