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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.

 

Executive Director

Monique Terrell, PsyD

Staff1A 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.

Project Coordinator

Tamica Moon, MPH, CP

staff 2Tamica 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

IMG_1513Tempestt 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

FullSizeRenderFlorence 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.

IMG_8631Jarrett 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.

Youth Interns

Interns

Keniya Stills, Muohamed Bah, and De’Zyer Duke.

Keniya Stills is from Bankhead, Atlanta. She currently attends Carver Early College High School, as a sophomore student. Keniya became involved with Street Smart Youth Project four years ago through summer programming. Since then, she has participated in Focus on Youth, Becoming a Responsible Teen and various retreat, mentoring and youth council programming. What makes her extraordinary is her loving nature and aptitude to find balance in life. To her being Street Smart means being keen about what is going on in her community, and being aware of her environment. After high school Keniya plans to attend college for fashion design. Her passion for fashion has influenced her long- term goal in one day becoming an owner of her own boutique. She hopes to achieve valuable work experience from her internship and looks forward to SSYP helping her to obtain her driving license.

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.

De’Zyer Duke is from Vine City, Atlanta, and attends B.E.S.T. Academy as a senior. De’ Zyer has participated in SSYP’s Becoming a Responsible Teen, outreach and youth council programming. One of his biggest accomplishments is his ability to play multiple instruments. After he graduates high school this year he plans to attend college. De’ Zyer is interested in majoring in musical education and music therapy. He already has been accepted into three colleges that he is interested in attending. De’Zyer views being Street Smart as the rose that grew from the concrete, meaning that success can happen anywhere. He hopes to get a better understanding of the youth out of his internship, as well as organizational skills that will help him in his collegiate career.