Our Mentoring Program focuses on engaging older teens with professionals to encourage their personal and career development in addition to improving their literary skills. We launched a pilot mentoring program through which we've paired US teens with Congolese children. Click here if you'd like to become a mentor!
A zealous advocate, Tawakalitu Modupe has dedicated her time to serving the public and promoting civil rights. After graduating from the University at Buffalo, she spent a year serving the public in New York City as an Americorps member through the Office of the Mayor and the New York City Department of Service. This year of service also led Tawakalitu to do pro-bono work at Touro Law Center's Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic in Central Islip. While in law school, Tawakalitu worked as a Summer Associate for nationally acclaimed civil rights litigator, Frederick Brewington. She also interned with a number of city agencies and judges, including the Hon. Ronald L. Ellis in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. For her commitment to public service before and during law school, Tawakalitu was honored with the Queens County Women's Bar Association Scholarship and the Queens County Bar Association Scholarship. She continues this public service commitment with her recent involvement with ICA as a mentor. Tawakalitu Amusa, Esq. was awarded a Juris Doctor degree by the City University of New York School of Law in 2015.
Tony Lizza is a Project Manager at a Tech company. Prior to his current role, Tony was a Project Manager for AARP and consulted for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority on a project to create a new set of responsive websites. As a global citizen, he enjoys travelling all over the world and learning about different cultures. It is this passion that has brought him to serve as a mentor at ICA.
Tamaria Kelly is a native of Buffalo, NY. She has been active in community service activities since her high school years. Tamaria has participated in nonprofit organizations focusing on civil rights, education, youth-development, women’s issues, and international service. It is this passion for public service that has brought her to ICA.
She has a B.A. in Sociology and Certificate in African-American Studies from the University of Buffalo,holds a Masters of Public Administration and Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Leadership from Binghamton University. Tamaria currently works in Washington, DC.
Leigh Jones graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in International Studies and from the University at Buffalo Law School. She enjoys learning new languages and working to protect the rights and improve the lives of immigrant populations within the United States. It is this passion for human rights that has brought her to ICA.