2023 Cohort

Participants Arjun Krishnakumar Arjun Krishnakumar is a rising junior at McNair Academic High School in Jersey City. Born to immigrant parents from India, he is dedicated to helping his community through his leadership skills in soccer. Arjun is the captain of the Jersey City Strikers, a team with players of diverse backgrounds that reflects the […]

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A Night to Remember: 2022 Ali Leadership Institute Nonprofit Gala

The Ali Leadership Institute, known for nurturing and empowering young leaders, recently celebrated its annual Nonprofit Gala with resounding success. The Institute focuses on developing a cadre of leaders who will shape the future with vision and purpose. The 2022 Gala was an illustrious event that marked the successful graduation of 10 remarkable students, and

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2022 Cohort

Participants Matthew Kassi Matthew Kassi is a political science student at The Illustrious Howard University. He is the son of two Ivorian immigrants and a member of the ever-diverse Jersey City community. His unique perspective taught him to respect innate cultural differences and champion inclusivity and diversity in all facets. Matthew has volunteered in urban

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Reema Doleh

Reema Doleh

Reema Doleh is a J.D. Candidate at Harvard Law School and is originally from Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from Baruch College CUNY in 2020 with a B.B.A. in Finance. She spent her 1L summer at Legal Service NYC on their Community & Economic Development team. Her overarching goal as a lawyer is to foster a

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Olivia Durham

Olivia Durham was born in Manhattan and moved across the Hudson to Jersey City at 6 years old. She has attended five different schools all within walking distance of her home in McGinley Square, giving her a unique perspective on local education. Olivia will be a Senior at Lincoln High School where she is student

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Marco Rezk

Marco Rezk lives by his motto every single day: “I want to help people.” Going to McNair Academic and then Dickinson High School, Marco now goes to New Jersey City University, where he is double majoring in political science and philosophy. He was born and raised in Jersey City, and wants to contribute to the

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Hisham Hraiche

Hisham Hraiche is from Jersey City, having graduated from High Tech High School where he cofounded the mock trial club. In High Tech, he majored in drama, with a history of modeling and acting out of school, making appearances in commercials and in Law and Order, as well as appearing in magazines and billboards for

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