Rays of Hope Team
Jayla - President
Jayla is a 15 year old sophomore with an interest in Law, Social Justice and Advocacy. She is currently a student in the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Program at Manalapan High School. During her Freshman year, she was an honor student and an active part of the Manalapan High School Student Government. She has also been involved in many valuable discussions in high school such as the Equity Dialogue Conference and contributed to key discussions with the School Board to improve the experience of students.
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 Treasurer of the Student council at her school. She participated in YEA Camp, a social justice camp, and has also represented Rays of Hope in numerous panel discussions on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Education with the Ocean County Prosecutor's office. She has served as Vice President and on the Planning committee of Rays of Hope. She is excited and honored about the opportunity to serve as President. It is her goal to lead this great organization with purpose and passion.
Sofiya - Vice President
Sofiya is currently a senior at Rutgers Preparatory School with a strong passion for social justice and advocating for marginalized communities. She has been invited to numerous leadership diversity conferences and camps including the American Conference on Diversity, Lead for Diversity, and the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. All of which aspire to encourage young people to be change-makers in their high schools.
Sofiya has displayed such change-maker qualities as the president of the first ever Black Student Union at her school. Additionally, she is the co-leader of a Global Outreach Club at Rutgers Prep which bridges gaps between different affinity groups on campus.
During her high school career, Sofiya has been a consistent honors and honors with distinction student. Sofiya has also sat in on numerous school board meetings in her district to discuss race relations and discrimination in their schools.
Sofiya is ecstatic and humbled to serve as Co-Vice President for her final year in Rays of Hope.
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.
Angelique - Director of Social Media
Angelique is a senior at Jackson Liberty High School. At her high school, she is the President of Nations among Nations. This club focuses on promoting diversity and inclusion for all students at Jackson Liberty.
Angelique is also a member of the Mock Trial team, president of the Journalism Club, and the National Art Honors Society. Her main interests are in law and art. In the summer of 2020, she had an internship at Epena Law, where she learned about the legal system and the skills needed to become a lawyer. She hopes to pursue law in the future. She has also attended the Harvard Summer Program, where she took a law class focused on the study of global and historical law.
Angelique has led multiple painting mural projects that include paintings of Malcolm x, Amanda Gorman, and Steven Hawkings at her school Library. She wants to continue to paint murals for many schools in her community. She is excited and honored to take on the job of the Director of Social Media.