Simone E. Muschett M.A.T, M.S.W
Founder & President
Simone Elise Muschett was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up as a young woman of color presented many challenges for her as she pursued academic and career goals. From High School and beyond, Muschett faced alarming obstacles that forced her to mature beyond her years. As a result of overhearing faculty members in her high school express to at risk students “they are bad for our statistics,” Muschett decided to dedicate her life to developing at risk youth.
Determined to become the positive adult that encourages students, Muschett became a mentor for a campus mentoring club at SUNY Albany. Her dedication to this club lead her to be appointed Vice President and later President in her senior year. While Muschett was president, she founded The World Within Reach after school program at Albany High School. Twice a week Muschett provided workshops to high school girls on academic, social and professional development. This program received an award from the city of Albany in its first year. Additionally, Muschett was provided a scholarship to attend America’s Promise Alliance 2012 and 2013 Grad Nation Summit, where she participated in tackling the high school dropout crisis. Upon receipt of her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Muschett also received a President’s Award for Community Service.
Confident that she can make an impact, Muschett served as an Americorps Teaching Fellow her first 2 years out of college. During this time, Muschett acquired a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School Education and discovered a passion for counseling students grappling with trauma, poverty, abuse or neglect. Muschett created behavior incentive plans and coordinated trips to correctional facilities to intervene the lives of students on the wrong path.
In 2015, Muschett Co-Founded a mentoring youth based non-profit, Youth of Order, where she developed organizational structures, created materials for character building workshops and paired students with mentors in the community to promote an “ it takes a village mindset” in Brooklyn. In 2017 Muschett, resigned from Youth of Order to pursue her own non-profit formally known as Resilient Young Minds.
Currently, Muschett holds a dual certification in General and Special Education while teaching High School Literacy in Brooklyn, NY. She continues to mentor her students, old and new. As a result of Muschett’s continued effort to develop the whole child she has acquired a Masters in Social Work from LIU Brooklyn and aspires to build her own residential alternative school in the near future.
Carrion S. Lewis
Carrion Sharon Lewis born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and has proven herself to be a loyal and dedicated individual, serving as a leader in her community. She is often praised for her ability to lead, communicate and gain an understanding for her community and its needs. At a young age, determined to plant a seed for colleagues in school, Carrion became the Commissioner for student government; seeking scholarships for students in her school and helping them to apply, assisting in filing out college applications and documents needed, and reviewing entrance essays. Outside of school, Carrion started to mentor younger youth at her local church. It was during these two experiences that Carrion discovered her purpose; to serve, mentor and be the voice of many.
Through Carrion’s passion to serve she has served many roles and volunteered her time at various local organization. Some of Carrion’s volunteer experience included teaching the GED to at-risk youth, preparing taxes, providing credit repair assistance, assisting individual and families on their path to US citizenship, mentoring and serving on her local community board.
Through Carrion’s various roles Carrion is experienced in the effective development and deployment of process improvements, strategy and change management. She fosters and maintain professional relationships with both internal and external customers and is experienced at creating a team environment that is innovative in their thinking motivating team and peers to generate enthusiasm to meet goals. She is a believer of the people, building rapports with people from different walks of life.
Carrion currently holds a dual Bachelors in Accounting and Business Management, an Executive MBA and a Masters in Arts in Human Resources. She is currently employed at Nationalgrid where she has worked since 2006.
Janelle Holford Bsc. M.Ed.
Janelle Holford was born and raised in Brooklyn NY. She was also raised in Barbados for a part of her formative years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from The University of the West Indies in Barbados and a Masters degree in Education from Brooklyn College, New York. She holds a New York State teaching license and is certified in Special Education. She firmly holds true to the belief that ALL children can learn.
Her teaching career spans 18 years both in inner city schools in Brooklyn, NY and overseas in Bermuda where she was awarded second runner up for the Teacher of The Year in the island. From a very early age she knew that teaching was her calling. As a born and natural leader, she could be seen playing “school” with her dolls and teddy bears. Seating them in rows, teaching lessons, grading and administering “punishment” for what she deemed to be poor behavior. Although quite the comical spectacle to many, she took her daily teaching seriously. A seed of love for children and young people had been planted and would continue to grow throughout her life.
In her current school, she has successfully fulfilled the titles of Lead Teacher and Mentor to novice teachers. She has served as an instructional coach to staff demonstrating many educational strategies that serve to enhance the learning of young people. She has also facilitated an after school club for young girls – Leading Ladies, whose core values were sisterhood, empowerment and self-actualization.
Raised by a Barbadian mother, the values of discipline, hard work and personal achievement/success have always been at the core of who she is. Her high school motto “Serviam” latin for I Will Serve, has guided her passion for working with and influencing the lives of young people throughout her career.
She aspires to continue impacting the lives of young people, with a new focus on those who have experienced trauma. Hence, the desire to become a member of the Resilient Young Minds (RYM) non-profit organization. Her belief is that young people are screaming to be heard and that their “screams” must be validated. This belief is embodied in the following quote: “Sometimes we just need to be heard… There are times in life when being heard leads to being healed.”
― Steve Maraboli
Nina H. Westmoreland
Nina H. Westmoreland was born and raised in Queens, New York. She graduated from Chelsea Vocational High School in 2006. In the fall, Nina began attending college at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia.
While attending VUU, Nina was heavily involved on campus. She was a Resident Assistant where she served as a liaison from the residents to the resident hall director, kept accurate records and wrote detailed reports, enforced rules and regulations of the University, and provided programs and/or events for the residents. She also served as a member on the Judicial Conduct Review Board. The Judicial Conduct Review Board provided hearings for students who received sanctions. Nina was also the president of the Tau chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.; and Ms. 1906 of the Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. In 2010, she graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communications.
Four years later Nina attended graduate school to obtain a M.B.A with a concentration in marketing. Even though journalism and business have always been an interest for her, providing advocacy for the community is her purpose. Nina is currently working for The Legal Aid Society, a non-profit organization, as a paralegal stationed at Rikers Island. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exploring new things, listening to music and helping others. The motto Nina lives by is “Be your own kind of beautiful”.