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CCNY CUNY Service Corp students travel to Puerto Rico for relief effort

CUNY Service Corps-PR students 2018
Students in the CUNY Service Corps-Puerto Rico and their majors: [clockwise] Kenny Rodriguez (Civil Engineering), Emily Ernau (English), Abena Baah-Fordjour (Biomedical Science), Tamara Johnson (Ad/PR), Ngawang Tenzin (Architecture) and Myra Rosa (Interdisciplinary Studies).
CUNY Service Corps-PR Students at CUNY Central
First cohort of CUNY Service Corp volunteers to receive training and left for Puerto Rico on June 17. From left: Juan Betancur (Biology), Jeffrey Gyemibi (Architecture), Isabelle Cotte (Art Education) and Jacob Grajales (Political Science).

Twenty-eight students from The City College of New York are journeying to Puerto Rico this summer as part of the CUNY Service Corps-Puerto Rico initiative. The initiative is in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s the NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Effort.

Students from both CUNY and SUNY are traveling to Puerto Rico to work with non-profit organizations— NECHAMA and Heart 9/11—already rebuilding on the ground. While in Puerto Rico, students will earn a stipend and academic credit as well as build workplace and community service skills.

"I want to dedicate my life to doing Humanitarian work; this service trip to Puerto Rico is deeply personal to me,” said Myra Rosa, interdisciplinary studies major with a concentration in social welfare at the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education. “I lost my maternal grandmother as a result of Hurricane Maria, and I am also of Puerto Rican descent—so giving back to my country is how I will honor my grandmother.”

The program will operate from mid-June to August 18, and each cohort of students will be spending two weeks in Puerto Rico to repair and replace roofs, windows and doors as well as sanitize and remove mold in homes in the towns of Barranquitas, Loíza, Toa Baja, Orocovis, Santurce and Río Grande.

The CUNY Service Corps-PR students are:

Omar Addasi

Abena Baah-Fordjour

Juan Betancur

Karen Brito

Kereen Brown

Joseline Carlson

Juan Pablo Celis Garcia

Isabelle Cotte

Kevin Davis

Yacine Diouf

Jenine Erdaide

Emily Ernau

Andrea Gomez

Jacob Grajales

Miledys Guzman

Jeffrey Gyemibi

Benjamin Jacquez

Mohsin Jafri

Tamara Johnson

In Sub Kim

Monica Martinez-Raga

Ivie Odiase

Ryan Olsen

Oneika Pryce

Kenny Rodriguez

Myra Rosa

Pristine Anne Sermeno

Ngawang Tenzin

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Ashley Arocho
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