MEET THE SLP YOUTH BOARD
Ashanti Benons is 17 years old and a high school senior at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School. Ashanti joined the Youth Board after participating in the Service in Schools Leadership Institute during her junior year, when she developed a project to teach young children about animal welfare at the Youth Service Summit. She is also a member, and former co-chair of leadership, of her school’s National Honor Society chapter. Ashanti has worked as a Librarian of Tomorrow intern at the Clarendon Branch Library and is also a former member of the Brooklyn Public Library Youth Council.
Jyoti G. Laverack
Jyoti G. Laverack is a 16 year old junior at Millennium Brooklyn High School and has been involved with SLP for two years. Jyoti is both a writer and activist-in-progress and hopes to merge her passion for institutional equity -particularly with regard to education, healthcare, and prison reform – with her love of writing in all mediums, including poetry, prose and essays!
Sophie Mode is 17 years old and a junior at Millennium Brooklyn High School. A founding member of SLP’s Youth Board, Sophie is also a leader of the youth-led organization Teens Take Charge. She is committed to providing all NYC students with an integrated and equitable education complete with the tools they need to be active citizens. Sophie participated in SLP’s Residency Program when she was in elementary school, seeing firsthand what amazing things can happen when students have the opportunity to work together with their peers to be effective change-makers.
Mika Shiffman is a 16 year old junior at Millennium Brooklyn High School with a love for politics. Her passion to motivate other teens to become politically engaged has led her to work on a voter guide for NYC high school students as well as join the SLP Youth Board. Mika is committed to helping achieve an equitable education for all students, which she believes includes culturally responsive curriculum and action civics. She also loves to run and is a member of her school’s varsity cross country and track teams.
Emily Tlatelpa is a high school junior at Fort Hamilton High School. She joined the SLP Youth Board last year after participating in the Service in Schools Leadership Institute during her sophomore year, where she worked to create a project to teach young kids about hunger at the Youth Service Summit. For the past two years, Emily has volunteered at her Catholic Church as an assistant teacher. She is also part of her school’s National Honor Society. Emily hopes to become a public speaker and loves to advocate for and help others.