People: Uptown Summer Youth Employment


Genesis joined our team in the summer of 2019 as an unofficial – but very integral – participant in the Uptown Summer Youth Program. Even though she was the youngest person in the program, Genni stood out for her self-possession, …


JJ Luceno joined The Sanctuary for Independent Media as the Uptown Summer Coordinator for the year 2019. We loved having JJ’s calm demeanor, positive energy and genuine smile around the campus.


Branda Miller is the Arts & Education Coordinator at the Sanctuary.

She is dedicated to using art for achieving a more just and sustainable world.


Maya is an undergraduate student at RPI, in the Sustainability Studies program with a focus on Ecology. During the Summer of 2018, Maya volunteered with the Uptown Summer program, where she gave workshops about Grassroots Science, and helped the youth …


Traevon Vautrin is the Sanctuary’s youngest intern. Traevon has been volunteering since he was 8 years old. As of 2018, he is 11 years old and attends Knickerbacker Middle School in Lansingburgh, NY. Through his experience at the Sanctuary, Traevon …


 

Amarie has been working at The Sanctuary for Independent Media for a year strong now. Amarie is a hardcore member/volunteer of the Youth Media Sanctuary and a very powerful and open-minded individual. He has been active with …


 

Jordan Thomas is a Junior at Green Tech Charter High Charter School. He was hired by the Summer Youth Employment Program by Rensselaer County to bring creativity, artistic ability, and passion to the community. Jordan hopes to …


Daniel Lopez is 16 years old and he is going to be a Junior at Lansingburgh High School. Daniel likes to play football and dancing. He applied for a summer youth job and he was placed …


Veronica Fuentes is a Junior at Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls. She is 16 years old and was first introduced to the Sanctuary for Independent Media in the summer of 2013. She was hired by the Rensselaer County. …


 

Sinici is 14 years old. She just graduated from 8th grade. She’s going to begin Troy High School in September. Before school ended she signed up for a Summer job and they placed her at the Sanctuary …


Rashawn is a Sophomore at Green Tech High Charter School. This year he’s involved in the Summer Youth Employment Program and works at the Sanctuary for Independent Media. Rashawn is looking forward to learning and experiencing new things. So far …


 

Karina Wojnar, Spring 2017 intern and Siena Scholar for Uptown Summer 2017. She is a Siena College student studying social justice, art, and economics. She is a reader, hiker, writer, and activist. She is from Northern New Jersey …


 

Nick Nerolien is a senior at the University at Albany with a double major in Communication and Sociology. He interned at the Sanctuary of Independent Media during the spring 2017 semester. Nick came to the Sanctuary to …


Diajah Greer
Uptown Summer Youth Employee 2016

Project: Jerry Ford’s House

Listen to Diajah’s audio portrait here:

 

You used to …


Uptown Summer: Youth Coordinator

 

Alan is a new Troy resident and a recent graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. He will be working to ensure the Youth Employees …


Jillian Naveh is currently the chef at 9 Miles East Farm which offers a prepared meal CSA delivery program as well as delivers meals called Go Boxes to work places that are made with some of their own vegetables during …

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