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Grant Writing/Program Development/Human Rights Education/Independent Contractor

I am a freelance grant writer and human rights education consultant. As a grant writer, I got my start in Youth Development, and have now branched out into the areas of Environmental Justice and Maternal & Child Health. I am also open to helping non-profit organizations create new programs, maximizing their reach and impact within the communities they serve, while staying true to the mission, vision and purpose of the organization.

A graduate of City University of New York (CUNY) Herbert H. Lehman College, in 2015, I earned a B.A. in Sociology, with concentrations in African and African American Studies, Political Science and Early Child and Childhood Education. While attending Lehman, I was also an active student organizer, the founder of an organization – ClassAction Student Group – that organized and coordinated events and that addressed many issues of social inequality, childhood literacy, the importance of undergraduate research and Hip Hop Culture. I was also an intern for Lehman’s Office of School-College Collaboratives and Office of Research & Sponsored Programs. While attending Lehman, I was also enrolled in the CUNY Graduate Center’s Pipeline Program – earning my certifcation in college-level teaching and advanced research.

In 2016, I joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program, relocating with my son from New York City to Newport News, volunteering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula (BGCVP) as a part of their Building Great Futures: Teen Programming and Gang Prevention Initiative. During this time, I also completed the AmeriCorps VISTA Program’s Resource Development: Fundraising & Grant Writing course.

Following my service year with the AmeriCorps VISTA Program, I stayed on with BGCVP, working as a youth development program staff (2017) Program Director (awarded Director of the Quarter in 2018), and Grants Director (2019 – 2021).