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Meet the Members

2021 Members

Tyreek Best (Meals on Wheels)

Tyreek Best is a graduate from Camden Catholic High School located in Cherry Hill, NJ and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). He is a rising senior majoring in Public Health with a specialization in sociological studies. This summer he will be partnering with AmeriCorps and Meals on Wheels of Mercer County to help reduce food insecurity across vulnerable populations while also completing his capstone internship requirement in order to graduate this upcoming Academic Year. Some of his hobbies include watching professional sports, movies, and popular television series but, most importantly, volunteering since it plays a vital role in his endeavors to uplift minority populaces throughout America. 

Nancy Bowne (UrbanPromise)

Nancy Bowne is a rising junior with a major in International Studies, a concentration in International Economics and Trade, and minors in Music and Statistics. She will be serving as a summer assistant at UrbanPromise Trenton, where she will be instructing reading, spelling, and math enrichment to students in grades 1-6, as well as instructing a college prep course to high school students. Nancy is looking forward to engaging with the Trenton community, as well as building partnerships with local schools and nonprofits. She hopes to learn and develop insight into finding solutions to improve gaps in education inequality and redlining. On campus, Nancy is an orientation leader and is involved with several student media platforms, including her work as program manager at 91.3 FM WTSR radio and with the news and production coordination departments at Lions Television. After TCNJ, she intends to eventually pursue grad school and consider potential career opportunities in journalism, nonprofits, research, and public policy.

Alison Bronander (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen)

Allison Bronander is a rising senior and sociology major from Westfield, New Jersey. She also has a minor in Spanish and is planning to add a minor in marketing. This summer, Allison is serving as a case management assistant with Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. She is excited to help patrons by connecting them with resources and providing services whenever possible. She hopes to become an advocate for patrons and fight against inequality, as well as gain professional experience. Allison is on the TCNJ women’s club rugby team and is a peer tutor at the TCNJ tutoring center. After graduation, Allison hopes to apply the skills she has learned from TASK and from her education at TCNJ to guide her toward her future professional goals and career.

Sara Cadiz (Trenton Area Soup Kitchen)

Sara is a rising senior at The College of New Jersey majoring in Psychology and Criminology with a Spanish minor. This summer, Sara is interning at Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. She serves to prepare adults for their high school equivalency diplomas through private tutoring and introduce them to job opportunities.

Sofia Cartagena (Trenton Health Team)

Sofia Cartagena is a rising senior majoring in Public Health and minoring in Spanish at TCNJ. She is excited to join THT this summer and have the opportunity to learn and grow as a future public health professional through various initiatives and programming efforts that are in the works! When she is not studying public health she is involved on campus in TCNJ’s Lyric Theatre, the Bonner Community Scholars program and as an Ambassador. She is looking forward to spending her time with THT and cannot wait to support the growing needs of the Trenton community in any way she can!

Arianna Ceballos (Mercer Street Friends)

Arianna Ceballos is a rising senior Public Health major with a social and behavioral science concentration. She is serving at Mercer Street Friends where she will be a Summer Learning Program Counselor for students at Gregory Elementary School in Trenton, NJ. As a local of the Trenton area, she is interested in finding ways to support her community, especially in initiatives involved with youth empowerment. She is excited to assist teachers in creating a safe and fun learning environment for students participating in the program. Furthermore, she looks forward to creating great connections and being a supportive resource for the students. After graduating, she hopes to earn a master’s degree in global health in order to find solutions to issues vulnerable populations face around the world.

Alexander Cocco (UrbanPromise)

Alexander Cocco is a rising Junior at The College of New Jersey with a double major in Sociology and Interactive Multimedia. Over the summer, he is serving at UrbanPromise Trenton in their virtual summer camp program as an instructor and activity supervisor for the Trenton youth. During his stay at UrbanPromise, he hopes to better develop his leadership skills and gain more experience in a professional environment all while developing a deeper understanding of education and child development in urbanized areas. Some of his responsibilities include creating and carrying-out activities to maintain engagement with the students, to regularly check in with UrbanPromise staff to discuss ways to improve the program, and to ensure that the students remain caught-up with what they’re learning in the classroom. Alex is looking forward to serving with UrbanPromise as well as the students of Trenton. After the program is over, he’s confident that the skills he’ll learn will be a big asset in his professional career.

Daïssa Dérémé (Millhill Child and Family Development)

Daïssa Dérémé is a rising sophomore at The College of New Jersey studying to be an Early Child Special Education English teacher. She is from from Haiti and really loves working with kids. Daïssa enjoys drawing, listening to music, acting, and writing.

Kiara Fernandez (Princeton YMCA)

Kiara Fernandez is a first-generation rising sophomore with a Secondary Urban English Education major. She is serving the Princeton YMCA in their efforts to combat chronic absenteeism and help feed families in the neighborhood that are in need. Kiara is excited to be serving with the Princeton YMCA as a future educator as she will get first hand experience with children ranging in all ages. She looks forward to learning from this experience and applying it to her future teaching in urban areas.

Camila Guayasamin (Millhill Child and Family Development)

Camila Guayasamin is a rising sophomore at TCNJ. As a Women and Gender Studies Major, she is passionate about learning about social justice and systems of oppression. This knowledge is enhanced with hand-on experience as part of the TCNJ Summer Community Leaders. She is thankful and honored to be serving as an AmeriCorps member with Millhill Child and Family Development. She pursues her passion of educating youth and fighting for social justice by being in this role. In Millhill, she focuses on developing the Youth Workforce and Career Program that will help high school and college students to gain skills and knowledge to pursue their academic and professional goals.

Rachel Guloy (Millhill Child and Family Development)

Rachel Guloy is a rising sophomore Psychology major and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor from Yardley, Pennsylvania. She is serving at Millhill Child and Family Development where she is an assistant for their Camp RISE program. Camp RISE is a free summer program for students K-5 in Mercer County. Rachel wishes to learn about the educational struggles of children in Trenton, and has spent time working with the staff of Millhill to do so. She hopes to utilize the skills and experiences from Millhill to contribute to TCNJ’s Women in Learning and Leadership program and CONTACT of Mercer County, both of which she is a member of. Rachel plans to serve her new community as much as she can before she graduates.

Anna Hackett (Isles, Inc.)

Anna Hackett is a rising senior majoring in Sociology. This summer, she is serving as the Community Planning and Development Intern at Isles Inc., where she is exploring her interest in youth empowerment, sustainable development and food justice. Anna collaborates with other interns and staff on Isles’ Urban Agriculture Team and spends most of her time in the Tucker Street Garden and at the Greenwood Avenue Farmer’s Market. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn from and work alongside a motivated team that is doing critical work to provide access to fresh food and resources to residents in Trenton, N.J. After graduation, Anna hopes to earn her master’s degree in Social Work.

Vanessa Pacheco (Arm in Arm)

Vanessa Pacheco is a rising senior Public Health major with Chemistry and Spanish minors on the pre-medical track from Middlesex County. This summer she will be serving Trenton through the non-profit organization Arm in Arm as a Hunger Prevention Program Assistant. There she will distribute and package food for the community and focus on service projects with staff. As a pre-medical student, Vanessa has a great passion for learning about health disparities. In this position she aspires to gain experience and first-hand knowledge of working directly with the social determinants of health such as food and housing insecurity. Upon graduation, Vanessa wants to pursue her studies by obtaining a Masters in Public Health followed up by a Medical Degree.

Marissa Peña (Capital Area YMCA)

Marissa Peña is a rising Junior majoring in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Sociology. She is serving with the Capital Area YMCA in Trenton as a Healthy Eating Associate, in which her focus issue is food insecurity. She serves at the Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market, and distributes free meals for children at other sites under the Summer Food Service Program. She is collaborating with her site supervisor to plan different community events at the Farmers Market, and is creating vendor spotlights and sharing recipes on the Farmers Market’s Instagram page. Marissa looks forward to expanding her leadership skills and learning more about event planning through this internship.

Hannah Quinn (Arm in Arm)

Hannah Quinn is a rising senior majoring in Public Health with minors in Deaf Studies and Communications. She is serving at Arm in Arm this summer and is looking forward to learning more about food security in the Trenton area. She is currently focusing on projects that will help to enhance the overall health of the community. She hopes that through her role, she is able to use her public health knowledge to support community members as well as enhance her overall knowledge.

Atif Warraich (Arm in Arm)

Atif Warraich, TCNJ Class of 2024 business student, is a rising sophomore majoring in Accounting. He is serving at Arm in Arm in Princeton and Trenton as the Hunger Prevention Program Assistant. This summer, Atif is looking forward to assisting community members in any way possible to ensure that they have the basic needs of food and shelter. At Arm in Arm, Atif exudes helpfulness across all functions, including food, housing, and job support. He is dedicated to ensuring that his community has access to the resources needed to thrive. He hopes to gain insights about the racial and social injustices the community members face so that he can help end the food, housing, and job insecurity in underprivileged communities. Atif is a staunch supporter of helping uplift others, and wholeheartedly believes that if a group of motivated individuals work together to achieve a common goal, nothing can stop them. At Arm in Arm, Atif intends to assist using his leadership experience, communication skills, and collaboration talent, while also gaining new skills and opportunities. On campus, Atif serves as the secretary of Lions on Wall Street, the secretary of the TCNJ Economics Club, and as a member of the Financial Management Association. After graduation, Atif looks forward to working in the Financial Services Industry.

Ryan Yacovino (Millhill Child and Family Development)

Ryan Yacovino is a rising senior Public Health major and Management minor from North Bergen, NJ. He is serving with Millhill Child and Family Development as a Youth Engagement Director for the STEM Explorers Program. He is leading the student recruitment process preparing program information flyers to send to school Leaders and parents highlighting program benefits, roles, the applications process and program timeline. He is administering the program by building the curriculum, field trips, experiments, LRNG playlists, six guest speakers, and the science fair. Ryan has previous experience as a Career & Community Studies mentor at TCNJ and will be using strong communication, organization, planning and analytical skills to run program operations.

 

SCL Alumni

2020

Brianna Allen, Trenton Health Team
Melanie Cohen, Shiloh Community Development Corporation
Jada Covington, Homefront
Emily Evers, Elijah’s Promise
Julia Farnung, Homefront
Samantha Goldfarb, Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County
Lauren Gunning, Isles Inc.
Rebecca Melton, Isles Inc.
Anthony Moscato, Princeton YMCA
Rachel Roby, Mercer Street Friends
Hope Vandegrift, Arm in Arm
Victoria Vricella, Elijah’s Promise
Santiago Yacovino, Capital Area YMCA

2019

Alexa Alioto, Millhill Child and Family Development Center
John Brezina, Trenton Health Team
Kari Carmody, Capital Area YMCA
Melanie Cohen, Shiloh Community Development Corporation
Kelsey Cogan, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
Alec Cruz, Isles Inc.
Mallery Davis-Swing, Isles Inc.
Sanjana Inamdar, Homefront
Emmanuel Martinez, Arm in Arm
Cristhofer Moreira, Elijah’s Promise

2018

Jessica Allen, Boys and Girls Club
Suchir Govindarajan, Arm in Arm
Erin Harvey, Capital Area YMCA (formerly Trenton YMCA)
Sarah Kayatan, Capital Area YMCA (formerly Trenton YMCA)
Dana Madden, El Centro
Samah Mubin, Isles Inc.
Quentin Olivacce, Trenton Health Team
Emma Pranschke, Millhill Child and Family Development Center
Bianca Randolph, A Better Way
Natalie Tonra, Homefront
Joshua Trifari, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen

2017

Lauren Barbour, Millhill Child and Family Development Center
Matthew Bird, Isles Inc.
Kevin Brady, Arm in Arm
Zachary Brennan, A Better Way
Sean Fitzmaurice, Arc of Mercer County
Kristina Hansen, One Simple Wish
Eashwayne Haughton, Academic Sports Academy
Hannah Lemke, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
Michelle McCarten, Mid-Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Genesis Rubio, Homefront
Adjo Somenou, NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids 
Megan Synek, Habitat for Humanity

Contact

Center for Community Engagement
Forcina Hall, Room 337
The College of New Jersey
P.O. Box 7718
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628

609.771.2548
bonner@tcnj.edu
tcnjcel@tcnj.edu

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