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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.