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Co-Founder & President
Tarikul Islam received a Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude with the highest honors) in Chemistry from New York University where he did his undergraduate research in material science. He also founded and was the first president of Mentoring Urban Youth, a program that guided underprivileged urban high school students with their college applications.
Co-Founder & Program Coordinator
Paul Chiariello, LMSW, MSc Ed, has a diverse background in research, non-profit management, education, and clinical social work. After graduating from Rutgers University, Paul completed a Fulbright in Indonesia, an HiA Human Rights Fellowship in Germany, and his MSc in Sociology of Education at the U. of Oxford. He then worked with humanitarian non-profits and think tanks, such as the Global Literacy Project and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, in post-conflict contexts in Uganda, Bosnia, and other countries abroad. Thereafter, he developed and led socio-emotional, critical thinking and ethics curricula for camps and school programs. In addition to his current work with the JS Scholars Program, he is a licensed psychotherapist.
Mahiul is a current student at Bard High School Early College Queens where he will be graduating with his high school diploma and Associate in Arts degree. Mahiul plans on studying cybersecurity and international relations in college and hopes to make a career out of both fields. He likes playing basketball and video games during his leisure time.
Subah is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and is currently a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at New York University. She has been active in advocating for human rights issues such as the Syrian and Rohingya Refugee Crisis since high school through Amnesty International. Subah hopes to be super involved with mentoring future scholars and is a part of the marketing team.
Tanjeela Newaz is an undergrad Psychology student at the City College of New York. She is very passionate about mental health care and is studying to become an LMHC. In 2017, she completed the Global Action Project CMIA fellowship where she trained in Adobe Premiere Pro and has created content to amplify social justice movements to uplift marginalized communities. Since then, she has edited and produced content for various non-profit organizations throughout New York City.