My family is from Guyana, and our international origin has played a major role in my awareness and interest in covering news locally and abroad. Reporting on stories about Caribbean and African communities is something that has always been dear to me. I am excited to have the opportunity to share my love of telling these stories as a writer for Island Voice.
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Having recently completed a long term career as an educator for the City of New York, I now have altered direction and seek to effect change in the world as a “social entrepreneur.” During my 26 year career as an educator in a variety of roles for both the NYC Public Schools and private agencies I was able to gain experience in functional areas related both to pedagogy as well as government affairs. I have extensive expereince in the various aspects of publishing. I am also an author; my works vary intheme and have been published in a variety of media platforms. In addition, I am a photojournalist, seeking to shed light on the world through my lens.
I’m a native New Yorker born to Dominican parents and raised in the Bronx. In addition to living in the Bronx, I’ve also lived in the Dominican Republic for two years, which to say the least— was a life changing experience. Career wise, my goal is to master the world of print and eventually broadcast journalism, one step at a time. In the meantime, however, I’m proud to say that I’m a Community Health Reporting Fellow at the International Center for Journalist in Washington D.C. As a fellow, I’m covering HIV/AIDS within the LGBT community, specifically examining the high rates of infection in Black and Latino YMSM (young men who have sex with men) between the ages of 13-24.
My multi-media project will make a difference in the LGBT community, and stops the HIV/AIDS epidemic from spreading by encouraging young people to practice safe sex. I just earned a bachelors degree in English and Psychology with a minor in journalism from The City College of New York.