Diaraye is an immigrant woman from Guinea, in September 2014 she moved to the US looking for the best medical care for her son. Despite all her struggles, from fighting to get the right medical care for her 3-year-old, to finding the best legal services for her immigration matters; she still has the heart to reach out to other people going through difficulties in order to help them by sharing her experiences and important information. Her courage and an unstoppable personality landed her at the right place. Today she is a community organizer at Atlas: DIY, where she feels at home. Diaraye also has plans to get her master’s degree at CUNY next spring.
Jason Yoon is a native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn and Queens and the child of Korean immigrants. With over 10 years of experience in nonprofit leadership in the arts, education and youth development Jason has devoted his career to cultivating communities that promote creativity and self-determination. Jason comes to Atlas from the Queens Museum (QM) where he was the Director of Education responsible for the museum's education programs for people across the lifespan both at the museum and in community settings around the borough of Queens. This includes Queens Teens, a White House award-winning youth leadership program, New New Yorkers, an arts, language and digital literacy initiative for and with adult immigrants, ArtAccess, nationally recognized model programs for children and adults with varying physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive abilities and work with over 30,000 K-12 students through museum visits and longer-term collaborations with over thirty NYC K-12 public schools. Prior to joining QM, Jason served for five years as the executive director of New Urban Arts, a nationally recognized non-profit art studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists in Providence RI. In his time, New Urban Arts was named a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award winner by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, underwent a successful capital campaign to purchase and renovate a new building, and was selected for a national Ford Foundation initiative mapping examples of artistic and community excellence that reflect America’s changing demographics. Jason has also been a teaching artist and museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum; founded and directed his own youth arts mentoring program 7ARTS which was featured on NY1 News; and worked as a grant writer and Development Associate for the DreamYard project. Jason has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a concentration in art history from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service where he was a Carl Long Dean’s Fellow and a Public Service scholarship awardee.
Steffi is a 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by The Paul Rapoport Foundation, and a recent graduate of the CUNY School of Law. As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Steffi passionately advocates for the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth of color, while also emphasizing the distinct needs of immigrant subpopulations vulnerable to human trafficking, violent crimes, and abuse. She continues to be inspired by the strength and courage of immigrant youth, and is excited to continue to bring to life Atlas’ vision of social justice for all members of society. Steffi enjoys playing video games, dancing, and poetry and, on occasion, has been known to participate in all three activities at once!
Yin Sok is excited to join Atlas: DIY as a Development Associate. Prior to joining Atlas: DIY, Yin was an AmeriCorps*VISTA Development and Communications Coordinator at Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A, where she assisted the development director with fundraising, marketing, and public relations. Her work including coordinating the annual gala and special events, assisting with the production and implementation of appeal campaign, providing support with grant writing, researching grant prospects, managing donor database, communicating with the offices of elected officials, and assisting with event and program marketing materials. She was previously a program coordinator as part of Civic Corps at the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. She has interned at several places, including the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF), the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, and the New York Public Interest Group. She is fluent in Khmer and Mandarin Chinese. She earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from CUNY City College of New York. Yin likes to walk, read and learn about new culture. She hopes to learn other languages and travel.
Yoctan has more than four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and holds a Master’s Degree in International Politics (Globalization, Poverty and Development) from Newcastle University in the United Kingdom where he was a Chevening scholar. Previously, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Universidad Americana in Managua, Nicaragua. In recent times, Yoctan has been a project coordinator at several Nicaraguan nonprofit organizations, most recently at Grupo Fundemos where he worked more than two years designing, planning and executing development projects directed at young citizens and focused on developing educational programs on the subject of democratic governance and youth civic empowerment. Through these experiences he has developed skills in project design and coordination, research, public speaking, and event logistics management.
Natasha Lee was born in Jamaica. At three years old, she moved with her mother to New York where she has lived ever since. Her childhood was filled with a consistent desire to excel academically and connect with others. After earning an International Baccalaureate diploma at The Brooklyn Latin School in 2013, she went on to pursue her studies in mathematics and sociology at Hunter College. As the Membership Coordinator and DACA Squad Coordinator, she hopes to help foster the same warm environment that made her feel at home when she became a member of in January 2015 and bring awareness to the importance of safe spaces like Atlas.