One of her proudest moments was in 2020, when she organized a march in Brooklyn to begin the conversation of combating gun violence within the Black community. The march joined together 500 constituents, including 200+ youth, and key community and state stakeholders.
As a former Educator herself, Destiny has the insight to the disparities and inequalities that face black and brown children in the NYC education system, making the transition to being an Education Advocate effortless. She was recently appointed as a Youth Ambassador for Mayor Eric Adams, and has been honored as one of Brooklyn’s Power Professionals. When she is not advocating, teaching or learning, she enjoys reading, traveling, fashion and spending time with her loved ones.
Teana is very passionate about working with Social Work interns as well as the students and families who are a part of The Arthur Project but when she isn’t working, Teana enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
Ms. Vernon decided to pursue her educational journey in social services. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Stony Brook in 2004. She began her journey of starting her career in social work profession, in child welfare and preventive services as a case manager and social worker. After 6 years in the field, Ms. Vernon decided to return to school full time, to pursue her Master level degree in social work at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 2012. Immediately, Ms.Vernon returned into the work as a care manager, a few years later, she decided to take the leap into managerial role.
She wanted to provide leadership, and instruction to others’ who are entering in the field. Throughout, Ms. Vernon discovered that she is passionate in providing advisement to those entering the field. She wants to create a space to educate and develop well-trained social workers who can be the next leaders in the field.
Although, Charlene enjoys her career and responsibility she also believes in the importance of self-care. Self-care is very pertinent to implement into ones’ daily life. Charlene maintains a peaceful and fulfilling lifestyle. During her free time, Charlene spends quality time with family and close friends, enjoys traveling, cycling, and reading.
Over the course of the last decade, Candice has worked with children ranging in age from toddler to young adult, first as a preschool assistant teacher, then as the dean/behavioral specialist at a residential and day junior/senior high school for adolescent girls who struggle with (moderate to severe) social, emotional, psychological, and behavioral challenges. Most recently, she was the director of family court and mentoring services for court-involved youth at an agency that provides effective community-based alternatives to jail and prison to reduce incarceration and recidivism. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, spending quality time with family and friends, giving back to her community through service projects, and working as a licensed freelance make-up artist.
Jessica has published and presented on a variety of topics, including fostering equity in mentoring organizations, coalitions and coalition building, gender and intersectionality in community organizing, participatory action research (PAR), building social capital in immigrant communities, and on anti-oppressive approaches to mentoring.
The only thing that Jessica cares about more than working with students of all ages is her daughter, Francesca. When Jessica is not overseeing the organization, attending meetings, analyzing data or teaching anti-oppressive clinical skills to social work students, Jessica and her daughter love to spend time dancing, singing, baking and enjoying their neighborhood in the Bronx.