Rays of Hope Team

Alina is 17 years old and is in the STEM Academy at Jackson Memorial High School. She is the president of Rays of Hope. Through Rays of Hope, she has been able to start a petition with over 2,500 signatures in order to stop lunch shaming in the state of New Jersey. She has also been involved in many other extracurriculars such as Girl Scouts, YesSheCanCampaign membership director, and TeenSHARP. She is also active on her school campus. She is a part of her school’s LEAD for diversity club, she has created her own club at her high school, Girls Who Code, and she is a part of the Science Honor Society, Mathematics Honor Society, and the National Honor Society. She is excited and proud to serve as President for her last year in Rays of Hope.

Jayla is 14 years old and will be participating in the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Program at Manalapan High School starting in the Fall of 2020.  During middle school, she was an honor student and was part of the Howell Board of Education Student Advisory Council and Howell Middle School North Student Council Executive Board. Through the Advisory Council she has been involved in many summits such as the New Jersey State Elks Association Path to Leadership Conference and contributed to key discussions with the school board to improve the experience of students.  As part of the student council she participated in many community service projects and activities to boost student morale. She has also attended the Fearlessly Girl Summit at Howell High School, participated in YEA Camp, a social justice camp, and also worked on the Rays of Hope planning committee. She is excited and honored about the opportunity to serve as Vice President.

Jade is an upcoming senior at Jackson Liberty HS. She is a singer, actress, and dancer. She has been competing in dance since she was six years old and continued her dance education on the Jackson Liberty HS dance team. She is a writer for her school's newspaper “The Jaguar Journal” and has even started her own blog “Jade’s World” this year. She has also attended the Rutgers Hugh N.Boyd journalism program where she discussed the bullying she experienced in her area. She also participates in her school's diversity group “Nations Among Nations” where they discuss diversity in their school systems and ways to combat discrimination. She is so excited and ready to take on the job of Director of Social Media.--