Claudia created the Latinas On the Verge of Excellence – L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program with the goal to support and empower young Latinas to strive in school, and ultimately increase high school graduation rates and college enrollment among young Latinas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the City University of New York – CUNY. In May of 2013, Claudia received her second Master’s degree in Public Administration with an international specialization from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU.
Stephanie is a recent graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology in June 2016. She comes from a family where women’s empowerment and education are top priorities as well as giving back to the community. This is what led her to the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program. Stephanie knows first- hand how challenging high school can be which is why she feels she can inspire young Latinas to grow and be resilient to the everyday challenges they may face. She joined the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program as a mentor in the Fall of 2014 and continued as an intern before she served as a part-time Program Coordinator through the CUNY Service Corps Program. Currently, Stephanie is working as full-time Program Coordinator for L.O.V.E. Her favorite part of the job is facilitating the sessions with the mentees and mentors.
Madelin is a senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is majoring in forensic psychology with a minor in philosophy and human services. Madelin was a member of the CUNY Service Corps program which allowed her to start working for the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program. Once the CUNY Service Corps program concluded, she became a part-time Program Coordinator for L.O.V.E. Her main interest lies in finding meaningful ways to help others. In the future, she wants to become a school social worker. She believes that many adolescents lack the necessary support and resources they need to succeed in high school that in turn hinders their chances of getting a higher education. By being part of the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program, Madelin has the opportunity to empower young Latinas by providing them support while they're in high school as well as guiding them in their process to enroll in college.