MEET THE CHANGE AGENTS...

Tiffany Younger

Tiffany is the founder of the Social Change Agents Institute, a project that brings scholars, professionals, and educators to developing countries to offer free mental health services and social change workshops in developing countries of the African Diaspora such as South Africa, Brazil and Haiti. Prior to running the institute, Tiffany worked as a Policy Fellow for United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand where she focused on issues of criminal justice, gender and race equity.

 

Tiffany also served as a Civic Engagement Director at the YMCA of Greater New York. She managed over 20 staff and was responsible for helping teenagers learn how to draft legislation through the Youth in Government program. Tiffany was appointed the YMCA’s Change Agent for New York City for her progress and accomplishments in youth development. This distinction enabled her to work with various young professionals throughout the world to create a national YMCA strategy to address poverty. In the summer of 2013, she was one of the facilitators at the YMCA’s Youth Festival in Prague; this international experience awakened a desire to have an impact beyond her role with the YMCA.

Tiffany obtained her bachelors in English Literature from Hunter College and her Masters Degree in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. Currently, Tiffany is enrolled in the doctoral program at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and serves as a Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work and an adjunct professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Founder

Vonne Williams

Vonne Williams received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Technology from Norfolk State University. After serving her country for six years as a communications officer in the United States Army, Vonne went on to supporting clients in accounting, taxation, and financial advisement for the past fifteen years. She takes pride in being a profit and growth coach and supporting her clients to maximize on every financial opportunity available to them. Vonne began her journey with the Social Change Agent Institute as a change agent, and continues a life of being in service.

Team Lead

Waffiyah Saleem

Waffiyah Saleem is the founder of SHE MATTERS, a movement to transition women’s pain into purpose. Waffiyah is committed to being an advocate for abused and neglected children and women. Waffiyah committed ten years as a professional advocate for abused and neglected children. During Waffiyah’s tenure at DCP&P (Division of Child Protection and Permanency) as a Family Service Specialist and Special Response Unit Worker in  NJ, Ms. Saleem advised the office’s Steering Committee and Worker’s Safety Group. Ms. Saleem also developed a training presentation, “Connection through Vision,” for Essex County DCP&P Offices to support team building, office morale, and vision.

Team Lead

Kashera Booker

Kashera Booker attended Morgan State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. Here she established herself as a leader through her academics and volunteer experience by joining the Alpha Delta chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and serving as Assistant Coordinator for Sisters Advancing Sisterhood in Youth (SASY). As a founding funder and Project Manager for the Social Change Agent Institute, Kashera is committed to being a catalyst for change globally. Kashera believes that sharing knowledge and experience to forward others is one of the highest forms of being in service. When purpose meets empowerment, advocacy and engagement: individuals become better people, better people make better communities, and better communities create a better WORLD!

Project Manager

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Summer 2018 CHANGE AGENTS Cohort...

Chaniece Williams

Chaniece Williams is a self-motivated, intelligent, and inspirational young woman.  She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Howard University, earning a Bachelor of Science in biology, with a minor in chemistry. She is a member of several academic honors societies including Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious academic society. Although Chaniece accomplish stellar achievements thus far; her appetite to be the best fuels her ambition, including to become a physician in the near future. Chaniece loves to give back to her community and help children become better students.  She is the Founder and CEO of the private tutoring business "Achieve with Chaniece,” where she and her team share their plethora of knowledge and they do so, by providing academic coaching to children, paving the trajectory to success.

Katie Ernst

Katharine Ernst is from Queens, NY and has a Bachelor’s from Hunter College in Studio Art and Art History. She is currently enrolled in the MSW program at the Silberman School of Social Work. Her main goal is to promote social justice and gender equality through working with sex trafficking and domestic violence survivors in New York, as well as internationally. Her workshop will look at the different ways in which gender equality benefits every individual. 

Alyson Fortner

Alyson Velasco Fortner is a Mexican-American woman from South Pasadena, California. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Barnard College at Columbia University. She is expected to graduate in May 2018 with a Master’s Degree from Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work. Alyson is passionate about learning people’s stories whether in a theater, clinical setting, or the community. Due to her experience working with children and families with history of traumatizing events, Alyson will present on trauma and its effects on the body, mind, and spirit and will include an introduction to cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques that address trauma’s effects.

Kate Blaber

Kate Blaber was born and raised in Queens, New York by two Ghanaian parents who allowed her to gain a relationship with her family in Ghana and encouraged her interest. In some ways, Kate feels that Ghana is her hometown more than New York. Kate is a Healthcare Case Manager at Harlem United for the past 3 years and a month. Currently, she attends Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College to become a Clinical Social Worker. She has a BS degree in Health and Human Services from NY City College of Technology. 

Paulique Medina

Paulique Medina is a 28 years old professional born and raised in Astoria, Queens, New York. She is currently a Housing Outreach Specialist who works with the homeless population in NYC to help them obtain permanent housing. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a dual concentration in Human Development and Family Studies and Counseling Psychology from the City University of New York. Paulique recently started working towards her Masters of Social Work Degree at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College.

Tyese Brown

Tyese Brown is from West Chester, PA. For the past 18 years, Tyese has worked as clinical director of a community based organization for youths in Brooklyn, New York, where she supervises a staff of prevention educators and counselors. She is founding director of the Brooklyn based program Sister SAGE (Strengthening Advocacy for Girls' Empowerment). Tyese is a doctoral student in social welfare at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and The Graduate Center. She completed a BA in psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a MA in educational psychology at New York University and an MSW in social work at Hunter College.  Ms. Brown’s areas of behavioral health research/services are prevention and early intervention services to Black youths, particularly Black girls, who are at risk for substance abuse and mental illness. After doctoral degree completion, she would like to serve as an executive in a nonprofit organization to further enhance, create, and evaluate substance use prevention and health promotion programming for Black girls and young women. Ms. Brown is licensed in the state of New York as an LMSW and is second year Council for Social Work Education Doctoral Fellow.

Lashawn Butler

Lashawn Butler LMSW is an innovative leader in the field of youth development. Her passion for supporting and empowering youth— who are often voiceless and invisible to those responsible to protect them—is at the heart of her work. As a therapist, mentor, educator and supervisor, she has earned a distinguished reputation as a committed advocate for the compassionate treatment of our most vulnerable youth. With a phenomenal record of achievement, whether at the preventive and foster care agency New York Foundling or as a social work supervisor at a Bronx charter school, Ms. Butler empowers youth to reclaim their rightful place as contributing members of society, on their own terms. She not only supports them she believes in their ability to succeed.

Her success is no accident. Ms. Butler’s own experience as a survivor of systemic and institutional oppression and subjugation, has   faced   seemingly   insurmountable challenges with courage and determination—and victoriously transformed her own life’s experience. It is her continuous fight for social justice and with an abiding belief that we can all reach for our higher potential, that makes Ms. Butler not only an extraordinary woman but also an exceptional, innovative social work leader. Ms. Butler has helped hundreds of youth to transform their lives.

An honors graduate with a Masters of Social Work from the prestigious Silver School at New York University, Ms. Butler is an expert trainer and mentor of both seasoned youth development workers as well as social work interns. Also, she holds her Social Work Field Instruction Certification and is the Founder and Director of the non-profit organization Butler Services. Ms. Butler is the loving mother of two children, avid reader and resides in the Bronx, NY.

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