Jayla - President
Jayla is a 16 year old Junior and a member of the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Program at Manalapan High School. During her Freshman & Sophomore year, she was promoted to Sergeant of her Magnet program, under the wing of the Lieutenants and Captains, all of which are student leaders of the program. She is an honor student and was part of the Manalapan High School Student Government.
Jayla is astute, open-minded, and well driven. She has also been involved in many discussions that hold a lot of value to her high school such as the Equity Dialogue Conference and contributed to key discussions with the school board to improve the experience of students. Aside from the school board, this year she spoke at the the district board of education meeting in an effort to honor the State and Federal recognized holiday, Juneteenth.
Also being a part of the student council, she participated in many community service projects and activities to boost student morale. She is also the Secretary of the Minority Initiative Club and the Vice President of the Student Student Government at her school. She participated in the Black Girls Rock conference, YesSheCan Campaign Summit, YEA Camp, which is a social justice camp, Had numerous meetings with the Ocean County Prosecutor, and also worked on the Rays of Hope planning committee. She is excited and honored about the opportunity to serve as President for a second year.
Malani - Vice President
Malani is 14 years old and an upcoming sophomore at Neptune High School. Malani is an avid reader and lover of all forms of art. She loves giving to and serving her community which she enjoys doing with Rays of Hope. At school, she is a High Honor Roll student and will be taking all Honors classes.
Malani is also the Corresponding Secretary of her High School’s Student Council, and was recognized at her school’s Student Activities dinner for her participation in her High School’s Class Council. Some other extracurricular activities she has been involved in include being one of the Breakout Room Facilitators at Monmouth County’s Youth Town Hall, where she got to lead the conversations with today’s youth about important topics such as race, biases and injustices.
She is also a member of an organization called Girls Going Global which is a non-profit organization seeking to address the disparity of girls of color in international education and today’s field of travel and international affairs. Malani is eager and very excited to be serving as Co-Vice President.
Tyler - Vice President
Tyler is 16 years old. She has been a proud member of Rays of Hope for 6 years and looks forward to her new Vice President position for 2022-2023 season. She is an activist and loves to spend her free time serving communities in need. She is a High Honor Roll student in the International Baccalaureate Program at Freehold Township High School, a program recognized nationally that gives opportunities to engage in higher education. Tyler is intelligent, passionate, diligent, and insightful.
She is very involved in school. She is a two season athlete which entails winter basketball and spring track. She is on the executive board of Lead For Diversity, an organization that targets inclusion; increases awareness; challenges bias, bullying, and oppression for minorities. She also is very active on the Speech and Debate Team at her school.
She also demonstrates leadership in her community. She is the President of the teen group of the Jersey Shore Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc. Additionally, she is currently working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve.
She has participated in the Black Girls Rock conference for two years, At the Well Conference and YEA Camp. All of these experiences allowed her to practice the leadership skills and passion for advocating for social justice issues that she learned from Rays of Hope.
She is extremely grateful for the support she gets from her community and all the opportunities she gets in her life. Tyler is honored to be serving as Co-Vice President of Rays of Hope.