MEET THE SLP YOUTH BOARD
Chloe Cardello is a 17-year-old junior at Millennium Brooklyn High School and an NYC Native. A highlight of Chloe’s experience at Millennium thus far has been her activism within her Social Justice, Model UN, and PERIOD: The Menstrual Movement clubs, where she obtains positions and promotes change. Outside of school, Chloe recently joined the youth board and is looking forward to continuing her work with SLP. Since the pandemic, Chloe has also been an English Language Arts tutor for an organization known as Quarantutors. Her perfect remedy to any stressful week consists of her Wednesday afternoon ballet dance classes.
Ella Katagas is 18 years old and a high school senior at Edward R. Murrow High School. Ella was a student-facilitator for SLP’s summer elementary school group last summer, and is now a member of the youth board. She is also a member of Teens Take Charge, an organization that fights for educational equity in NYC. Ella also organizes regular period product drives for a local organization called Rise of Broken Women. Ella co-ran her school’s psychology club, produced a student musical and is a former member of her school’s National Honor Society. She is now dedicating to learning Spanish, because she will be moving to Madrid in September for NYU.
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 a 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.
Isaac Platt Zolov
Isaac Platt Zolov is a 16 year old junior at the Institute for Collaborative Education. He joined the Service Learning Project in 2020, first as a student, then a teaching assistant, and now a member of the Youth Board. Isaac is also an organizer with NYC City Council candidates Shahana Hanif and Alexa Aviles, focusing on youth engagement and Mandarin outreach. At school, he is a leading member of his school’s Community Service Club, Food and Culture Club, and Model United Nations. He is an avid foodie and can often be found scavenging around the city for the best roast pork bun.