Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

Under the auspices of New York City’s Division of Youth & Community Development Program (DYCD), Harlem Commonwealth offers paid summer employment for vulnerable youth ages 14 through 24.

In addition to paid work experience, this Program provides weekly education workshops in business etiquette, work-readiness, conflict resolution, financial literacy, college preparation and career exploration and development.

Summer Internship Program for High School Juniors, Seniors and First-Year College Students

In partnership with its business partners, Harlem Commonwealth offers high school juniors, seniors and first-year college students the opportunity to be exposed to the real world of business and commerce in the private-sector.

In addition to their every-day work duties, overseen by their supervisors, students attend a series of HCC workshops that address program expectations, business etiquette, the language and culture of commerce and financial literacy.

HCC Scholarship program

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Summer Internship Program for High School Juniors, Seniors and First-Year College Students

Are you a resident of Harlem?

Summer Internship Program for High School Juniors, Seniors and First-Year College Students

Are you either a junior or senior in high school?

Summer Internship Program for High School Juniors, Seniors and First-Year College Students

Do you have at least a B avarage?

Summer Internship Program for High School Juniors, Seniors and First-Year College Students

Do you meet any of the following municipal criteria for low-income residency?

Member of a family that is receiving assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) YES
Member of a family that is receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps) YES
Member of a family that is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits YES
Receiving a free or reduced cost school lunch YES
Was referred here by a rehabilitation agency approved by the state, or an employment network under the Ticket to Work Program YES
Have served in jail or prison – or am on probation or parole YES
Pregnant or parent YES
Homeless YES
Currently or was in foster care or the custody of the Office of Children and Family Services YES
Veteran YES
Daughter or son of a parent who is currently in jail or prison, or has been within the past two years YES
Daughter or son of a parent who is collecting unemployment insurance YES
In public housing or receive housing assistance such as Section 8 voucher YES

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

Are you between the ages of 14 – 24?

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

Are you a resident of New York City?

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

Do you meet any of the following criteria?

Disability YES
Currently or was in foster care or the custody of the Office of Children and Family Services YES
Homeless YES
Runaway YES
Have served in jail or prison – or am on probation or parole YES

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Harlem Commonwealth offers an ABE program as a first-step to prepare Harlem residents for entry into its General Education Development/General Equivalency Diploma (GED) program.

Funded by New York City’s Division of Youth & Community Development (DYCD), Harlem Commonwealth provides innovative, practical and quality programs in intensive reading, writing and mathematics classes that furnish adult learners with the educational tools to succeed in a GED program.

Microsoft Office Suite (MOS) Skills

Harlem Commonwealth offers computer training skills to new and advanced users of digital information technology. In its state-of-the-art computer room, hands-on courses are offered to novice users in basic computer literacy using the Microsoft Office Suite software. For the more advanced users, Harlem Commonwealth offers training in courseware that has been approved by the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Program for learning the latest version of Microsoft Office Suite. Upon completion of this coursework, the participant may be prepared to take an exam for Microsoft Office Specialist qualification.

Health-Care Educational Scholarships

Harlem Commonwealth actively promotes increasing minority representation in medical and related health-care careers in the Harlem community.

Harlem Commonwealth offers health-care educational scholarships and grants for eligible Harlem residents interested in pursuing a health-care career. Harlem Commonwealth works in partnership with the Helene Fuld College of Nursing, the City College of New York’s Sophie Davis School Physician Assistant Program at Harlem Hospital and the Radiology Program at Columbia University in New York City.

Scholarship grants are awarded to eligible participants in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Are you a resident of Harlem?

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Are you at least 18 years of age?

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Do you have a high school diploma or GED?

Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Do you meet any of the following municipal criteria for low-income residency?

Member of a family that is receiving assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) YES
Member of a family that is receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps) YES
Member of a family that is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits YES
Receiving a free or reduced cost school lunch YES
Was referred here by a rehabilitation agency approved by the state, or an employment network under the Ticket to Work Program YES
Have served in jail or prison – or am on probation or parole YES
Pregnant or parent YES
Homeless YES
Currently or was in foster care or the custody of the Office of Children and Family Services YES
Veteran YES
Daughter or son of a parent who is currently in jail or prison, or has been within the past two years YES
Daughter or son of a parent who is collecting unemployment insurance YES
In public housing or receive housing assistance such as Section 8 voucher YES

Microsoft Office Suite (MOS) Skills

Are you at least 18 years of age?

Microsoft Office Suite (MOS) Skills

Do you meet any of the following municipal criteria for low-income residency?

Member of a family that is receiving assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) YES
Member of a family that is receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps) YES
Member of a family that is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits YES
Receiving a free or reduced cost school lunch YES
Was referred here by a rehabilitation agency approved by the state, or an employment network under the Ticket to Work Program YES
Have served in jail or prison – or am on probation or parole YES
Pregnant or parent YES
Homeless YES
Currently or was in foster care or the custody of the Office of Children and Family Services YES
Veteran YES
Daughter or son of a parent who is currently in jail or prison, or has been within the past two years YES
Daughter or son of a parent who is collecting unemployment insurance YES
In public housing or receive housing assistance such as Section 8 voucher YES

Health-Care Educational Scholarships

Are you a resident of Harlem?

Health-Care Educational Scholarships

Are you majoring in either nursing or radiology technology?

Health-Care Educational Scholarships

Have you attended school for at least a year as well as maintained a B average?

Health-Care Educational Scholarships

Do you meet any of the following municipal criteria for low-income residency?

Member of a family that is receiving assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) YES
Member of a family that is receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps) YES
Member of a family that is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits YES
Receiving a free or reduced cost school lunch YES
Was referred here by a rehabilitation agency approved by the state, or an employment network under the Ticket to Work Program YES
Have served in jail or prison – or am on probation or parole YES
Pregnant or parent YES
Homeless YES
Currently or was in foster care or the custody of the Office of Children and Family Services YES
Veteran YES
Daughter or son of a parent who is currently in jail or prison, or has been within the past two years YES
Daughter or son of a parent who is collecting unemployment insurance YES
In public housing or receive housing assistance such as Section 8 voucher YES

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC

The Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund is a revolving loan fund that provides capital and technical assistance to start-up and on-going small businesses that serve, and are located

in Harlem and the economically distressed communities in the Bronx.

To be considered for a loan, the basic eligibility requirements are:

- Harlem- or Bronx based business;
- three to four-year track record;
- New York State organized entity
- business plan; and
- a good credit score

HEF provides loans up to $25,000 for eligible borrowers at low interest rates for a term ranging from one to three years. HEF loans may be used for working capital, inventory and equipment.

HEF loans are made on a case-by-case basis where and, would include applicant interviews, the provision of references and triple-bureau credit reports.

Northern Manhattan NYC Business Solutions Centers

Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc. now serves as the Northern Manhattan locations for the NYC Business Solutions Center in Harlem and Washington.

The NYCBS assists on-going and start-up business enterprises in all aspects of the development of a small business from creating a business plan and launching a business, to obtaining financing and hiring employees.

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC

Have you invested equity in your business?

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC

Did your business generate revenue in the past 2 years?

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC

Have you filed bankruptcy in the past 3 years?

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC

Do you have any unpaid tax liens?

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC

Are you behind on child support payments?

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC

Have you defaulted on any student loans?

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC

Does your business currently reside in Harlem or the Bronx, NY?

Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, LLC

Is your business legally organized in NY State?

Northern Manhattan NYC Business Solutions Centers

Are you a resident of Harlem?

Northern Manhattan NYC Business Solutions Centers

Are you either a junior or senior in high school?

Northern Manhattan NYC Business Solutions Centers

Do you have at least a B avarage?

Northern Manhattan NYC Business Solutions Centers

Do you meet any of the following municipal criteria for low-income residency?

Member of a family that is receiving assistance from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) YES
Member of a family that is receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps) YES
Member of a family that is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits YES
Receiving a free or reduced cost school lunch YES
Was referred here by a rehabilitation agency approved by the state, or an employment network under the Ticket to Work Program YES
Have served in jail or prison – or am on probation or parole YES
Pregnant or parent YES
Homeless YES
Currently or was in foster care or the custody of the Office of Children and Family Services YES
Veteran YES
Daughter or son of a parent who is currently in jail or prison, or has been within the past two years YES
Daughter or son of a parent who is collecting unemployment insurance YES
In public housing or receive housing assistance such as Section 8 voucher YES

Our Board

Michael T. Johnson

Principal, Uptown Gambit, Inc.
Chairperson, Board of Directors

Mr. Johnson, a principal of Uptown Gambit, Inc., a real estate brokerage and development firm, has practiced in the real estate industry for over twenty-five years. He has transactional experience in all forms of real estate sales, finance and development.

He has served on the board since 2001 and served as its Chairperson since 2005.

Mr. Johnson, a native of Miami, Florida, graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has resided in the Harlem community for more than thirty years.

Our Board

Millicent Redick

Vice Chairperson, Board of Directors

Ms. Redick, an accountant by training, has a track record of assisting in the financial accounting side of real estate development having worked with projects involving the Corinthian Housing Development Corp., Consortium for Central Harlem Development, Community Association of the East Harlem Triangle, Project Linkage, the Pathmark Supermarket and the Manhattan Borough President’s Office.

Ms. Redick graduated from Baruch College in New York City having received an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

She is a long-time resident of the Harlem community.

Our Board

Gloria Hartley

Assistant Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology
Recording Secretary, Board of Directors

Ms. Hartley, an Assistant Professor at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, has a career span in the fashion industry for over thirty years. She has been involved in every facet of the fashion business from merchandise buying, to product development, to freelance writing, to teaching.

Ms. Hartley graduated from Fordham University with an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a graduate Master’s degree in Education.

She is a long-time resident of New York City.

Our Board

Daniel Fevre

General Manager, Aloft Hotel, Harlem
Director

Mr. Fevre has been in the hospitality industry for over thirty years holding several general management positions with industry-leading national lodging establishments.

He currently serves as general manager for Aloft Hotel, a 124-room lodging establishment located in the heart of Harlem’s business corridor. Aloft, Harlem is the first new hotel built in Harlem in over forty years.

He is a native of Paris, France, and a graduate of Universite Paris - Saint-Denis.

Mr. Fevre resides with his wife in Warren, New Jersey.

Our Board

Sharon E. Joseph

Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Director

Ms. Joseph, an investment advisor, is a member of the Merrill Lynch’s high networth individual investment management unit. Her practice focuses on devising, developing and executing investment and business strategies to achieve the long-term financial goals of Merrill’s clients.

Ms. Joseph has worked in various aspects of the financial sector for over seventeen years, working with such financial industry firms ranging from Booz Allen, to Donaldson Lufkin, to American Express.

Ms. Joseph received a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Columbia Business School in New York City.

She currently resides in Harlem.

Our Board

Barbara Askins

President and Chief Executive Officer of
the 125th Street Business Improvement District
Director

Ms. Askins, President and Chief Executive Officer of the 125th Street Business Improvement District, is a public involvement specialist who has done extensive work in the field of improving cities in the areas of transportation, environmental and facility planning projects nationwide.

She has served in several positions including the International Downtown Association, New York City’s BID Manager’s Association and the Manhattan Community Board #10 in Central Harlem. She has also served as an adjunct professor at New York University.

Ms. Askins, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has resided in the Harlem community for over twenty years.

Our Board

Jonnie C. Marshall

Director

Ms. Marshall, a social worker by training, has a track record of activism with various social service agencies throughout Manhattan for more than thirty years. She is a volunteer with several major organizations in the City such as the Girl Scouts of America, the Harlem Children’s Zone and the Salem United Methodist Church.

She is a long-time resident of the Harlem community.

Management

Joseph Lloyd Tait, VMD

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Tait, a University of Pennsylvania-trained doctor of veterinary medicine, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates since 2005.

Under Dr. Tait’s leadership, Harlem Commonwealth has initiated programs that focus on investing in the human capital of the Harlem community. Among its initiatives, Harlem Commonwealth is fostering the success of students in Harlem through health care-related scholarships to those pursuing careers in medicine, radiology and nursing; orchestrating summer internships for high school juniors and seniors in private-sector business corporations; providing adult basic education for the emerging immigrant population in Harlem; and delivering entrepreneurial training programs as well as providing revolving loans and technical skills to existing and start-up businesses that provide.

Dr. Tait has considerable experience as a businessman and entrepreneur. He also maintains a strong international reputation in the field of veterinary medicine, having taught surgical techniques and lectured in global arenas such as Argentina, Budapest, Brazil, Cuba, Egypt, Dubai, Grenada, Thailand, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Poland and Yugoslavia.

Dr. Tait is a long-time resident of the Harlem community.

Management

Salvatore Jordan, Jr.

Controller and Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Jordan, an accountant by training, has served as Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller of Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates since 2010.

He has a thirty-eight year track record, having served in various business and finance capacities for such private and public sector companies as the New York State Urban Development Corp., the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the Phoenix House Foundation, Inc., Rason Asphalt, Rohde & Liesenfeld, Inc. and Care, Inc., to name a few.

He currently resides in Long Island, New York with his spouse.

Management

Oslene Carrington

Senior Vice President

Ms. Carrington is the Senior Vice President of nonprofit business development, consulting services delivery and client engagement at the Institute for Nonprofit Excellence (INPEx).

Ms. Carrington brings 20 years of business experience to HCC, including corporate brand-based and strategic marketing and organizational strategic planning, business development, corporate communications as well as a small business ownership. Her background is in banking and financial services, working at firms such as Providian Financial, MasterCard and JPMorgan Chase and, in legal services as head of marketing for the global dispute resolution services firm, the American Arbitration Association.

Ms. Carrington holds an MBA in marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business, a BA in economics from Fordham University and has received post-graduate training in innovation and strategy at MIT, as well as in corporate finance from the New York Institute of Finance.

Ms. Carrington is and has been engaged in the work of nonprofits in and outside of New York City for some time, including as development committee chairperson on the board of directors for San Francisco Educational Services and as a big sister for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Hudson Valley.

Ms. Carrington is a former resident of the Harlem Community.

Management

Elisa Moore

Director, Education Programs

Ms. Moore is the Director of Education Programs at Harlem Commonwealth Council, Inc., serving as administrator and manager responsible for designing and delivering aspects of the organization’s training programs, including, but not limited to, the NYC Summer Youth Employment Program, the HCC summer intern program and the Adult Basic Education program.

She has been a member of the Harlem Commonwealth team since 2006.

Ms. Moore received her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

She currently resides in the Bronx, New York.

Management

Ericka Powell-Sinclair

Manager, Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund

Ms. Powell-Sinclair is the loan manager of the Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund, Harlem Commonwealth’s revolving loan fund that provides capital and technical assistance to on-going and start-up small businesses that serve, and are located in, economically distressed communities in Harlem and the Bronx in New York City.

She has been a member of the Harlem Commonwealth team since 2007.

Ms. Powell-Sinclair received her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree and graduate Master’s degree in Business Administration from Monroe College in the Bronx, New York.

She currently resides in the Bronx, New York.

Program Faculty

Jasmine Acosta

Education Instructor

Ms. Acosta serves as an instructor in Harlem Commonwealth’s Adult Basic Education and General Education Development/General Equivalency Diploma programs.

She received her undergraduate Associates degree from LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, New York and her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from the City of New York – Hunter College in New York City.

Program Faculty

Newton C. James

Education Instructor

Mr. James serves as an instructor in Harlem Commonwealth’s adult education and Microsoft Office Suite Skills programs.

He has over twelve years of broad experience in areas including, but not limited to, student instruction, career advisory and computer training.

Mr. James received his undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from Berkeley College in New York City.

Program Faculty

Nicole L. Brown

Education Instructor

Ms. Brown serves an education instructor in Harlem Commonwealth’s education programs.

She has over thirteen years of experience in education serving at private and public schools and colleges in various capacities such as college placement and career advisor, College of New Rochelle Adjunct Instructor, program director and elementary school educator.

Ms. Brown received her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, a graduate Master’s degree in Management and Urban Policy from The New School University in New York City and a graduate Master of Science degree in School Building Leadership from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

Program Faculty

Reginald M. Dawson

Instructor

Mr. Dawson serves as an education instructor in Harlem Commonwealth’s Adult Basic Education, General Education Development/General Equivalency Diploma and work-readiness training programs.

He has over sixteen years of experience as an instructor in work-readiness, employment and job training, general education development/general equivalency diploma, vocational counseling and life skills programs.

Mr. Dawson received his undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Leadership Team

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Kelvin Collins
President and CEO

Kelvin is President and CEO of HCC. With more than 10 years of experience in economic and community development, Kelvin has held numerous key executive positions within the NYC government. His experience includes responsibility for designing and executing a citywide strategy for serving small businesses. Most recently, he served as an Assistant Commissioner for NYC Business Solutions for the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) within Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio administrations. He had also held leadership positions at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce where he was director of the workforce development at the Queens Workforce1 Career Center. Kelvin is passionate about spearheading entrepreneurship efforts in minority and underserved communities across NYC and earned a business degree from Midwestern State University.


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Narain Sew
Chief Financial Officer

Narain is the Chief Financial Officer of HCC. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial processes, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, business decision support, tax, audit, treasury, and investor relations. Before joining HCC as the CFO, Narain served as an interim CFO to the Educational Alliance and SKIP of NY. Narian is a certified public accountant (CPA) and holds an M.B.A in Project Management from Aspen University.


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Tameika Halliman
Director of Operations

Tameika is responsible for HCC’s strategic human resources activities, including workforce development and organization effectiveness, staffing, benefits and compensation, information management, and HR processes. She leads HCC’s efforts to attract, develop, and retain the talent necessary for HCC to serve the community. She is also the executive assistant to the president. Tameika holds an M.S. in Human Resource Management from Mercy College.


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Newton James
Director of Program Management

Newton is the Director of Program Management and oversees the Adult Basic Education Program. The Berkley College graduate oversees HCC’s education programs, serves as the liaison to our board, and is the point person to HCC’s Scholarship Fund and Internship Program.


 

Yvonne Thevenot
Director of Adult Literacy and Training

Yvonne is the Director of Adult Literacy and Training, an educator, and tech expert leading HCC's DYCD-funded Adult Basic Education program strategies, including HCC TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) classes which give adult learners the opportunity to obtain their NYS High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. She will also manage HCC's Microsoft Office Trainings. Passionate about her work, she brings over 15 years of experience working in IT, Finance, and Education for companies like Computer Sciences Corporation, JPMorgan, and Silicon Valley, K2 Optronics, Ripple Effects, and NumberSpeak. She has an M.A. in Education from the University of Southern California, specializing in K-12 STEM curriculum and instruction, a B.S. in Information Systems from the University of Dayton, and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


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Ianna Hall-Colon
Director SONYC Programs

Ianna oversees the design and development of the School’s Out NYC (SONYC) afterschool program at PS/MS 129. She specializes in building successful and inclusive learning environments for children. Ianna earned her M.A. in Literacy and Bilingual-Bicultural Education from Columbia University.


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Lloyd Doaman
Director of Lending, Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund

Lloyd is the Director of Lending at Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund. In his role, Lloyd is responsible for strategic management, underwriting, product management, business development, and portfolio risk management. Lloyd has over 14 years of banking, underwriting, portfolio management, and project management experience. Before joining HEF, Lloyd worked for the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), TruFund Financial Services, Inc. (TFS), National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, and JPMorgan Asset Management. Lloyd graduated magna cum laude from Seton Hall University with a B.S. in Finance and is active in community development and entrepreneurship through his real estate development company.


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Ericka Powell-Sinclair
Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund Loan and Portfolio Manager

Ericka is the Fund Manager for the Harlem Entrepreneurial Fund (HEF). She provides financial assistance to small, locally established businesses looking to sustain and grow. With an understanding of the common challenges entrepreneurs face when starting a business, Ericka has been a resource to those looking to navigate business obstacles. Ericka earned her M.B.A. from Monroe College.


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Christian Damiba
Director of NYC Business Solutions, Upper Manhattan and Washington Heights Center

Christian is the Director of NYC Business Solutions overseeing the operations of the Harlem and Washington Heights Centers. He brings over 15 years’ experience as a business development, project, program, and portfolio management as well as technology management leadership to the role. Christian holds an MBA from Adelphi University, is a Project Management Professional (PMP), and Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.


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Vanessa Matthew
Marketing and Community Engagement Manager

Vanessa is the Marketing and Community Engagement Manager. Before HCC, she worked for Ketchum Public Relations as a senior market research analyst. Within the nonprofit sector, she has managed fundraising, development, and communications for nonprofits including the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO). Vanessa is a graduate of Tufts University where she earned a B.A. in Political Science.


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Maurice D. Winley
Arches and Next Steps Program Coordinator

Maurice is a sought-after consultant on youth initiatives. Before HCC, he worked for a number of community-based organizations including the National Chaplains Association for Youth at Risk. As Project Coordinator of the Arches Transformative Mentoring Program, he manages HCC’s partnership with NYC Department of Probation and engages in weekly youth mentoring. He is a member of the Citywide Leadership Learning Community Steering Committee for Arches, serves as the Associate Minister at Harlem’s Soul Saving Station Church, and is a 125th Street Business Improvement District Board member.