Welcome Summer Staff!

New Summer Staff w. Names

Arianna

Law & Policy Intern

Arianna Thompson is a rising 2L at Columbia Law School. After a year of studying law in an academic context, she is interested in learning about the real world effects of law. She is working on the RAP initiatives focused on the health of trafficked youth and the judicial process related to teen parenthood. Arianna hopes to aid in the development of policies that reflect a commitment to justice and improving the communities most impacted by current practices.


Carina

Fundraising Consultant

Carina Baker wants to live in a world where print books reign supreme, dessert is always eaten first, and young people from all walks of life are able to harness their unique voices to influence the issues that directly impact their lives. As a youth development professional for many years, Carina has used her Bachelors in Politics from Oberlin College and her Master of Social Work from the University at Buffalo, to bring a distinct perspective to her work with young people and youth-led programs. This summer, when Carina is not perusing used book stores throughout NYC, she will be spending her time volunteering at RAP, supporting young leaders in changing our world by strengthening the organization’s fundraising and development efforts.


Kavita

YASI Intern

Kavita Singh is a rising sophomore attending Northeastern University. Since the beginning of her college career, she has been passionate about social justice issues. She is an active member of her campus’s sexual assault response campaign, which seeks to create a safer space on college campuses for sexual assault victims. Additionally, she is currently studying slum redevelopment in Chennai, and particularly examines how slum-dwellers strategically exploit India’s fragmented bureaucracy to demand their right to stay put. Kavita is excited to work with the Resilience Advocacy Project because she would like to learn how to effectively navigate through the political process to demand change. She believes that examining the intersection of health justice issues with other social justice issues can help her better understand the origins of inequality.


Alison

Nonprofit Operations and Management Intern

Alison Krowiak is an aspiring nonprofit administrator going into her junior year at Hofstra University. As a psychology major with minors in Civic Engagement and Business, Alison is fascinated by the complex factors involved in the problem of social inequality. She was drawn to RAP’s mission based on the philosophy that young people have the potential to change their lives with the right tools and empowerment. As the Nonprofit Operations and Management Intern at RAP, Alison is looking forward to working with a team that shares this vision. She hopes to learn the ins-and-outs of running a nonprofit while contributing to the social change to which RAP is so dedicated.


Mamasa 

Program &Policy Intern

Mamasa Dukureh is currently a rising sophomore at Columbia University interested in double majoring in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies and Political Science. She is very passionate about social inclusion for underserved youth. During high school, Mamasa was a teen facilitator for a School-Based Youth Program titled Safe Dates. Along with her co-facilitator, she led a few interactive workshops to inform and provide peers with the tools necessary to establish healthy relationships. Mamasa continued her love for peer-advocacy in college when she became an SAT Verbal coach for socially and economically disadvantaged youth. She is very excited to work with RAP to continue to empower youth to lead their fight on social justice. She is a strong believer in the power of the youth voice to inspire change within local communities. Mamasa is most excited to be working with such a dynamic team and hopes to one day translate the skills she learns from curriculum development to establish a youth advocacy organization in her hometown of Newark, NJ.


Julian

Program & Policy Intern

Julian Oppenheimer has worked for the New York City Department of Education for nine years.  He has taught students in both special education and general education programs. Julian is currently studying political science at the City College of New York. He plans on attending law school in the fall of 2016. Julian is passionate about empowering the youth in his own community. He is excited to have the opportunity to continue that work with RAP.  He looks forward to working the Children’s Aid Society and Youth LEAP to teach teens about their legal rights.