Foundation for Letters Writing Fellowship

The Foundation for Letters’ Writing Fellowship Program provides talented NYC high school students with a one-year writing-intensive fellowship that includes a summer internship at FFL, free access to FFL’s writing programs, preparation for the college application process, and mentorship, social, and professional networking opportunities.

Over the course of the fellowship year, Fellows also serve as FFL ambassadors to their schools, helping with outreach to faculty, students, and staff, and connecting their classmates with FFL programs and resources.

 CLASS OF 2019 FELLOWS

Mohima Akhter. Mohima is a rising senior at Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics. Mohima was born in New York City and currently lives in the Bronx. Some of her hobbies include writing, shopping, and planning trips with friends. Among Mohima’s accomplishments are getting into the National Honors Society at her school and having the privilege to have work experience before graduating high school. Mohima wanted to be an FFL Fellow because she wanted to become a better writer and this program would provide professionals that help with that. A fun fact about Mohima is that she’s 14 years older than her youngest sister and got to name her.

Jenefa Ali. Jenefa is a rising junior at the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics.

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Jing Chen. Jing is a rising senior at the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics.

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Abdoul Diallo. Abdoul is a rising junior at the Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology.

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Leslie Diaz. Leslie is a rising senior at the High School for Law and Public Service.

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Angie Lin. Angie is a rising junior at Bronxdale High School. Angie was born in Florida and is currently lives in the Bronx. Some of her hobbies include reading, shopping and traveling. Among Angie’s accomplishments are being in the National Honor Society and having 3 years of straight Honor Rolls. Angie wanted to be an FFL Fellow because she wants to improve her writing and communicating skills. A fun fact about Angie is that she might be the clumsiest person you will meet.

Joshua Mahabir. Joshua is a rising junior at the Urban Assembly Maker Academy

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Jomaily Mendoza. Jomaily is a rising senior at the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics.

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Liliana Perez Diaz. Liliana is a rising senior at Urban Assembly Gateway School For Technology. Liliana was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently lives in Ridgewood. Some of her hobbies include creatively altering denim and seeing live music. Among Liliana’s accomplishments are ranking #6 out of 111 students and interning at Mount Sinai. Liliana wanted to be an FFL Fellow because she will further develop her writing skills. A fun fact about Liliana is that she is the youngest of 3.

Robyn Rodriguez. Robyn is a rising senior at Kappa International High School. Robyn was born in White Plains New York and currently lives in The Bronx. Some of her hobbies are writing and taking photos. Among Robyn’s accomplishments are she is the president of the student committee at her school and she wrote a play that was preformed at her old catholic school. Robyn wanted to an FFL Fellow because she wants to be a writer when she gets older and she thought this was a good way to improve her writing. A fun fact about Robyn is she puts hot sauce on pizza.

 

Nayely Rodriguez. Nayely is a rising junior at the Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy.

 

 

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Tesfay Saleh-Batts. Tesfay is a rising junior at the Urban Assembly Maker Academy

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Jayleen Soto. Jayleen is a rising junior at the Urban Assembly Media Academy

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Christin Tetteh. Christin is a rising senior at Lower Manhattan Arts Academy. Christin was born in New York City and currently lives in Manhattan. Some of her hobbies include playing volleyball, softball and cooking. Among Christin’s accomplishments are winning the Leap On Stage writing competition, and finishing a 4 day hike on the Appalachian trail this past summer. Christin wanted to be an FFL Fellow because she wants to improve her writing, as well as find different ways to convey stories that are important to her. A fun fact about Christin is that she’s good at solving puzzles.


CLASS OF 2018 FELLOWS

Grace Vila. rising junior at Mathers High school and will be graduating with the class of 2019. She was born and raised on Ellison Ave in the Bronx. Some of her hobbies include playing music with her band. Amongst all of her accomplishments, one is being able to be a Fellows intern for FFL. Grace wanted to be an intern for the Foundation For Letters because she adores what this organization is working towards; increasing student engagement with writing intrigues her tremendously and she would like to offer her skills and help in anyway that she can this summer. A fun fact about Grace is that her hair magically changes colors.

Laisha Frias. Currently attends KAPPA International High School and is a rising junior. She spent almost half of her life in the Dominican Republic and the rest in the Bronx. Some of her hobbies include reading, writing, listening to music, and doing math. Amongst her many accomplishments, she received a vice principal’s trophy in the 5th grade, wrote for a teen magazine in the summer and is joining debate club. Laisha wanted to be a Fellows intern for FFL because she grew up in the projects where there weren’t that many opportunities handed to her so she saw this as a way to extend her writing horizon and expand her knowledge. A fun fact about Laisha is that she can twitch her eye, read a book in a day, and can hula hoop for quite a long time.

Angel Rodriguez. Attends the Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy and is a rising senior. He was born and raised in the Bronx. Some of his hobbies include lifting, reading, playing video games and procrastinating. One of his many accomplishments include participating in the Fall 2016 National Youth Leadership Forum: National Security- Diplomacy, Intelligence & Defense for Envision. Angel wanted to be a Fellows intern for FFL because this internship will keep his mind refreshed throughout the two months off of school. A fun fact about Angel is that he has the ability to eat potatoes

Kelly Yoo. Currently attends Urban Assembly Maker Academy and is a rising senior. She was born and raised in California. Some of her hobbies include playing tennis, dancing, skateboarding, and playing guitar. One of her many accomplishments include being on the freshman varsity team for tennis in California and participating in dance competitions. Kelly wanted to be a Fellows intern for FFL because this internship will help add to her already growing college resume. A fun fact about Kelly is that the vein on her right hand that forms a heart.

Jordan Hennix. Currently attends the Urban Assembly Media High School and is a rising senior. He was born in the Bronx and raised in Manhattan. Some of his hobbies include writing and being on track. One of his many accomplishments include him being ranked among the top 5 students in his school for highest GPA. Jordan wanted to be a Fellows intern for FFL because this internship allowed him to broaden his knowledge in literacy while accompanied by others during his summer vacation. A fun fact about Jordan is that he has black magic, however he can’t control it.

Antavion Reid. Currently attends the Urban Assembly Maker Academy and is a rising sophomore. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Some of his hobbies include drawing, playing games, playing the piano, and writing. One of his many accomplishments was being able to take a college course class as a freshman in high school. Antavion wanted be a Fellows intern for FFL because he is inspired to be freelance writer and this internship would give him the knowledge and experience needed in order fulfill his dream. A fun fact about Antavion is that he will beat you in any game like a boss.

Jason Ye. Currently attends the Urban Assembly Maker Academy and is a rising senior. He was born in Rochester and raised in China until he was brought back to the U.S. Some of Jason’s many hobbies include reading and playing video games. One of his many accomplishments include winning a medal in track and field. Jason wanted to be a Fellows intern for FFL because he believes that writing can cause people to be able to discover more about themselves, most importantly, it allows for people to express their emotions and desires in a way that can inspire or move others. A fun fact about Jason is that he’s actually Iron Man.

Jomaily Mendoza. Currently attending the Bronx Center For Science and Mathematics and is a rising junior. She was born and raised in the Bronx but lived in Texas for a brief period of time. Some of her hobbies include reading, writing, using her phone, and eating. One of her many accomplishments include being able to have a lead role in a school musical. She wanted to be a Fellows intern for FFL because she saw this as an opportunity to pick up new literacy skills to pass on to fellow scholars at her school. Some fun facts about Jomaily are that she hopes to attend West Point the USMA and that she can wiggle her ears

 CLASS OF 2017 FELLOWS

Jeffrey Richiez. Graduated from the Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology in 2017 and will enroll at SUNY New Paltz in August. He was born and raised in Manhattan, NY. Some of his hobbies include coding, gaming, swimming and biking. Amongst his accomplishments are that he got into SUNY New Paltz and created an app for his school. Jeffrey wanted to be an intern for the Foundation For Letters because he wanted to support this organization with his programming skills. Jeffrey hopes to start his own business one day. A fun fact about him is that he has a tendency to look mad even when he isn’t.

Valeria Perez. Graduated from the  Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders in 2017 and will enroll at SUNY New Paltz in August. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Some of her hobbies include reading, outdoor adventures, and learning. One of her accomplishments involve receiving a scholarship giving her the ability to attend a ten day wilderness course to Nebraska. Valeria wanted to be an intern for the Foundation For Letters because she believes that the work she will do will make her feel more passionate about helping other individuals who aren’t as privileged. Some of Valeria’s fun facts are that she often refers to herself as Val, and that she strongly believes that the future is female.

Janin Goodwin. Graduated from the Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology in 2017 and will enroll at City Tech in August. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Some of his hobbies include reading, writing, playing chess, and basketball. Amongst all of his accomplishments, one includes winning a medal in a middle school chess tournament when he was only in the fourth grade. Janin wanted to be a Foundation For Letters intern because of its focus on the betterment of the youth’s creative pursuits and its dedication to bringing literature to those with less opportunities. A fun fact about Janin is that he goes by the name of Jay and was born in outer space.