2016 Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal AmeriCorps Fellows
Bria J. Price is from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in Theatre and Dance. As a 2016 AmeriCorps Alums Eli J. Segal Leadership Award winner, Bria served as an AmeriCorps member at City Year Washington, D.C from 2014-2016. In her first year, she supported an English and Language arts classroom where she tutored and mentored 5th grade students at DC Scholars Stanton Elementary. In her second year, she served as a team leader to provided support, perspective and insight on the AmeriCorps experience for first year AmeriCorps members. Bria is now an Impact Manager for City Year Washington, D.C. at John Hayden Johnson Middle School where she manages the school relationship and her team of first and second year AmeriCorps members. Bria believes that service is the gateway to consistent learning and growth because it ensures investment in community first, the world second and yourself third. She recognizes that she could not be successful at one unless she was successful at all, but to do so required personal growth as a leader. Bria envisions a career that merges social justice, education, and the arts.
Lauryn Imann DuValle is a native Tennessean who has served two years as both an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) and VISTA Leader at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, at the North Mississippi VISTA Project, managing the largest AmeriCorps VISTA site in the state. She helped develop service learning and sustainable volunteering opportunities ranging from cultural inclusion programming, college accessibility, early childhood development, and health awareness initiatives. She also played an active role in establishing the largest annual University road trip to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute where she encouraged School of Education students to explore the historical and racial implications of segregated teaching in the Deep South.
Most notably, in 2011, as a cinema/documentary student at the University of Mississippi, Lauryn was selected by MTV Productions to assist Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, TN, compete in the White House’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge. To enter the competition, Lauryn worked with MTV to produce a film which chronicled the students' tremendous academic achievements while overcoming adversities. Of the numerous entries submitted from across the nation, the film was selected as the winner by President Obama. As a result, the graduating class at Booker T. Washington High School was honored with the 2011 commencement address delivered by President Obama during his first trip to Memphis as President. Shortly thereafter, Lauryn received the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Media Advocacy Inc. award for Female Alumnus of the Year.
These diverse experiences helped reinforce her dedication and commitment to nonprofit and policy sectors. In addition, it has bolstered her enthusiasm for community relations and outreach. She received a BA in History from Grambling State University, LA, a minor in Cinema/ Documentary at the University of Mississippi, MS, and pursued graduate studies in policy at New York University, NY.
Rafey joined the Corporation for National & Community Service as the 2016 Eli J. Segal Fellow in September 2016. As the Segal Fellow, Rafey will spend one year working on strategic initiatives to promote national service. Prior to joining CNCS, Rafey served as an AmeriCorps VISTA from 2015-2016 at Volunteer Houston, a Volunteer Center in Houston, TX. As a Volunteer Recruitment & Management Systems Specialist, he increased the number of volunteers by over 50% using Volunteer Houston’s recruitment system, led the development of the nation’s first mobile app for finding volunteer opportunities created by a Volunteer Center, applied for and managed a $120K Google AdWords search marketing campaign through Google Grants, contributed to Volunteer Houston becoming one of the first Volunteer Centers in the nation with integrated background checks, and instituted procedures for utilizing analytical tools and reports in decision-making. During this VISTA year, he authored a blog for AmeriCorps Alums sharing his reasons for joining VISTA in the hopes of inspiring others to consider national service. Prior to this, Rafey worked for nearly 2.5 years at NAXION in Philadelphia and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Business.
Tanika Lynch, a Playworks ’16 AmeriCorps alum, is currently in the Urban Teacher residency program in Baltimore where she is team-teaching in a 2nd/3rd grade classroom at City Springs Elementary/ Middle School. Tanika has focused her commitment to communities AmeriCorps is in because they are often under-resourced and in a state of disrepair. In order to address the root causes of these issues, Tanika concentrates on how racism and other tools of oppression have impeded on making communities safer, stronger, and healthier. She hopes to keep her efforts in the non-profit sector as she believes they are able to get closer to the heart of the people. Tanika holds a long term interest in the intersection of education, incarceration, and community development. She is currently getting her Master’s of Education in Educational Studies and Special Education from the Johns Hopkins School of Education. She has her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Educational Studies from Columbia University. Prior to her AmeriCorps terms, she supported the work of Congresswoman Donna Edwards as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Legislative Intern.
Justin Roias graduated from Rhode Island College in 2009 with his Bachelor’s in Social Work. Upon graduation, Justin joined City Year Rhode Island as an AmeriCorps member, where he supported four 7th grade math classes at the Gilbert Stuart Middle School. Justin's focus with these students was to help strengthen their academic and social-emotional skills. In his second term as a Team Leader with City Year, Justin led a team of 10 first-year AmeriCorps members through a challenging school transition with new administration as well as through an internal team transition without a primary manager. Justin ultimately helped reestablish City Year’s partnership with the Gilbert Stuart Middle School, leading him to be recognized with the 2016 Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Award for City Year’s national AmeriCorps Member of the Year. In addition to his work with City Year, Justin is Rhode Island’s State Director of Wolf PAC, an American non-partisan political action committee formed in 2011 with the goal of ending corporate personhood and publicly financing all elections in our country. As State Director, Justin played a key role in helping Rhode Island make history by becoming the fifth state to pass legislation calling for an Article V Convention to propose an amendment to the constitution that would end the corrupting influence of money in politics. Justin currently works at the College Crusade of Rhode Island, where he serves as an advisor to Central High School students. He is also one of the co-founders of Peace in Providence, a community group whose mission it is to create safe positive platforms for inner-city youth to build community, promote peace, and encourage non-violence.
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