The Street Smart Youth Project Team
Our team is small but mighty, consisting of dedicated youth, professionals, contractors and volunteers. In addition to those highlighted on this page, we want to acknowledge our board of directors, CPAW(Community Prevention Alliance Workgroup) evaluation team, youth and graduate interns, accountant, group facilitators, social media management, community partner organizations and fiscal agent, whose collaborative efforts join together to support Street Smart Youth Project’s success.
Monique Terrell, PsyD
A native New Yorker, her sustained passion for exacting change led her to Street Smart. She has devoted a career to developing programming and projects that seek to empower under- resourced and under-served persons. She describes her approach at Street Smart as “person-centered and culturally informed.” Whether working with individuals, groups, or families she taps into their own resources of strength, believing that “long-lasting and effective change comes from within.” Her vision for Street Smart Youth Project, is to facilitate meaningful change for youth, young adults and community members through education, empowerment and transformational exposure experiences. A doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University in New York significantly informs her leadership style.
Tamica Moon, MPH, CP
Tamica Moon is a graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health Program. She has worked in the field of prevention for four years focusing on health inequity among African-Americans and has recently become a certified preventionist, achieving competencies set by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium. As the Project and Outreach Coordinator for Street Smart Youth Project Inc., she educates youth and young adults on HIV/AIDS, STD and substance abuse prevention, coordinating individual, community and environmental projects. Tamica also provides our youth and young adults with the life skills and encouragement that will help them accomplish their goals.
Senior Prevention Specialist
Tempestt B. Johnson, MBA
Tempestt B. Johnson, MBA is a Chicago, IL native, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Jackson State University in 2013. In the fall of 2013, she matriculated to Shorter University’s Master of Business Administration program, and graduated with honors fall 2015. She is committed to helping at-risk youth and young adults make positive life choices that enable them to maximize their potential. Tempestt has worked in the field of Public Health for the last three years, with a focus on advancing underserved communities by addressing issues such as juvenile justice involvement, re-entry, and community health. With previous experience as a case manager for adolescent’s exiting detention centers, she brings a wealth of knowledge in providing comprehensive services and support for youth and families in need.
Prevention Specialist I
Florence D. Ukpai, MPH
Florence Ukpai is a passionate public health practitioner who’s originally from Fort Lauderdale, FL. She’s a recent graduate of Florida International University’s Robert Stemple College of Public Health and Social Work’s Master of Public Health program. She has experience in health education and health promotion. Her interest areas include health & wellness, STD prevention, health policy, health communications, and public health program development &implementation. Her desire is to create health initiatives aimed at impacting health outcomes for the community through reducing barriers, increasing prevention efforts, and reducing disparities that exist. She’s also would like to bring awareness to health issues that impact underserved and under-resourced communities and find efficient ways to link these individuals to the resources necessary to live strong, healthy lives.
Prevention Specialist II
Jarrett Wilson, B.A.
Jarrett has a strong passion for helping others and being able to make positive change in society. He believes that building firm interpersonal connections and working with compassion is the framework for being able to redirect under- resourced youth into positive adulthood. Jarrett holds a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from Valdosta State University. Studying sociology has given him an advantage to recognize the social patterns, structures and conflicts of society that advantage some and disadvantage others. This sociological lens equips him with a unique perspective in his approach to positive youth development. Jarrett has received intensive training in evidence based interventions offered by Street Smart Youth Project. His unique asset is being able to bring a real-world perspective that helps youth to relate and form positive connections. As a Prevention Specialist Jarrett works with local community leaders and residents to define problems and issues, and help them to think through strategies and tactics to overcome barriers and challenges. His life-long fight for social justice complements the SSYP mission by allowing participants to empower themselves through self-care, self-love, and growth.
Prevention Specialist III
Antoinette Parks, B.A.
Antoinette is a native of East Orange, New Jersey. She relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to continue her passion for working with under-resourced youth and young adults. Antoinette is a graduate of Delaware State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She has an extensive background providing support to diverse populations, working with community partners to build rapport, and advocating for community awareness. Her other passions include traveling the world, being with her family and expanding her personal endeavors. She is committed to making a difference in the healthcare industry and strives to expand her knowledge of the field to be on the cutting edge of all advancements in health.
Aunyia S. Ames, M.S.
Aunyia Ames is a case manager with Street Smart Youth Project. In this role, she develops, monitors and maintains case assessments and service plans for youth while utilizing her skills and training to counsel youth with behavioral management and solution focused techniques to facilitate personal growth and minimize crisis. She graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with her Masters in psychology in 2010. After graduation she traveled for several years providing international missionary to families in Cuba, Jamaica and Mexico. Upon returning, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia to continue her studies in psychology and provide support for adoption and foster families throughout the state. Today, she continues to work effortlessly to provide consistent supportive services to youth and families in need.
Mouhamed Bah is from Northwest Atlanta and attends B.E.S.T. Academy, where he is currently a sophomore student. Mouhamed has participated in youth advisory council and outreach programming at SSYP. Mouhamed has ambitions of graduating from his high school as Valedictorian and attending Stanford University for computer science and business. To be Street Smart to Mouhamed means being able to make his community better, and having the necessary tools that helps you to become smarter in the community. He hopes to gain a better comprehension of the communities served by SSYP and youth work in general. He would also like for Street Smart to teach him good work habits and etiquette for the future.
Desha Smarr is from the Westside of Atlanta and is currently enrolled at Atlanta Metropolitan State College as a sophomore. Desha is enrolled in the mechanical engineering program, where she plan to obtain her associates degree. Afterwards, she would like to transfer to GA Tech to obtain her bachelors in mechanical engineering. Desha is a long-time Street Smart Youth Project member, and is very knowledgeable about the mission and goals of SSYP. Desha is committed to motivating youth to engage in all prevention activities and more to help keep them at low risk of HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy and alcohol and drug use and abuse.
McKenzy Heath was born and raised in the English Avenue neighborhood of Atlanta Georgia. McKenzy is a sophomore and star student at Henry W. Grady High School. She recently became a member of Street Smart Youth Project, Inc. in the summer of 2017. Since becoming a member of Street Smart, McKenzy has participated in Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART), community outreach activities, the annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood retreat, and has demonstrated outstanding leadership capabilities. She is always ready learn and spread the mission of Street Smart to her peers. After high school, McKenzy would like to attend college in Atlanta, become a barber, and also become an author. McKenzy’s definition of Street Smart is “to be encouraged and encourage others, to love and be loved, to be aware, and make good decisions for your future”. During this internship, McKenzy desires to enhance her communication skills, gain more knowledge on positive youth development, and to be a light in her community.