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Creative Connections partners with more than 50 schools in New York City. Many of the Success Coaches who implement our programs are working artists and entrepreneurs.  All of them have extensive teaching experience and undergo comprehensive facilitator training with Creative Connections. Our coaches are college graduates, great role models, and have a driving passion to work with inner-city youth.

STAFF

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christian nwigwe

CEO

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matt auffrey

Community School Director

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erin cullen

Community School Director

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Rubain dorancy

COO & PRESIDENT

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SHANTANU ROY

Community School Director

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suzanna ramos

Operations Manager

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Community School Director

SUCCESS COACHES

 

 

 

 

 

Alexa received her B.A. in Psychology at Pace University. Outside of work she loves to practice yoga, hike, and paint with watercolors!

 

Amanda received her B.A. in Communication at University of Southern California, and is currently completing her Masters at New York University. She's a singer in a semi-professional premiere acapella group!

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda received her B.F.A. at the University at Buffalo. She loves the movie Mean Girls!

 

 

 

 

 

Annabelle studied dance at LaGuardia Community College. She speaks Spanish & Italian, and has performed in patois in a Jamaican folk choir!

 

Anup received his B.A. in Psychology at the College of Staten Island and his Masters in International Relations at Alliant International University. He speaks Gujurati & Spanish, and practices Jiu Jitsu!

 

 

Asha studied at Penn State for her B.S. in Actuarial Science and is completing her masters at NYU for Educational Theater. She speaks Spanish and competes annually in a dance sketch comedy competition!

 

 

 

 

 

Asha received her B.A. in History from City College of New York, and her favorite childhood movie is Matilda!

 

 

 

Ashley received her BA in African American Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and her Masters in Higher Education at Walden University. She's awesome at improv!

 

 

 

 

Bassit received his B.S. in Psychology and Pre-Medical studies at the City College of New York. He speaks Houssa, Tchamba, and Arabic, and is able to fall asleep anywhere!

 

 

 

 

Brandie received her bachelors at the Oneonta University and her Masters at NYU. She loves coffee!!

 

 

 

Carl received a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Alto Sax Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and attended grad school at Queens College. He speaks Spanish and enjoys juggling!

 

 

 

Christina received her B.A. in Education, Communities, and Organizations from the University of Washington in Seattle. She speaks Vietnamese and loves watching the sunset!

 

 

 

 

 

Damon received his B.A. in Arts, History/Psychology at University of Northern Carolina Chapel Hill and his Masters of Science Education from Mercy College.

 

 

 

 

 

Danessa studied at Hunter College and received her BA in English. She speaks Spanish and is a self-proclaimed Nintendo nerd!

 

 

 

 

 

Donessa studied at Temple University for her B.A. and received her masters in Public Administration from MCNY. She enjoys acting and writing!

 

 

 

 

 

Erica studied at Marygrove College and received her BFA. Her favorite color is purple!

 

 

 

 

 

Gladys received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also makes and sells hip hop beats!

 

 

 

 

 

Guerdley received her B.A. in English from Pace University and speaks French Creole. She loves DIY arts and crafts, and repurposing old clothes!

 

 

 

 

 

Jarvis attended CUNY Lehman College for his Bachelor's in Psychology. He loves collecting sneakers, especially the Air Jordan 11 Retros!

 

Jenna attended American Musical and Dramatic Academy for an Accelerated program in Musical Theater Performance from . She's based in Staten island and worked the summer on feature film In The Heights!

 

 

 

 

 

Joe attended St John's University for his Bachelor's in Psychology, and The City University of New York for graduate school. He has never seen ET!

 

 

 

 

 

John received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland College Park and is currently earning his Masters at NYU. He speaks French and loves to take naps!

 

 

 

 

 

Juliette graduated with Honors from Pace University with a B.A. in Commercial Dance and a minor in Arts Administration. She loves to bake!

 

 

 

Kevin received his BBA in Banking & Finance at Hofstra University, and his Masters in Higher Education at Bank Street College. He worked at Court TV during the OJ Simpson trial!

 

 

 

 

 

Laron graduated from East Carolina University with a Masters in Social Work, and personally doesn't think his dimples are cute.

 

 

 

 

 

Leslie studied at Hunter College CUNY for undergrad and Fordham School of Education for her graduate degree. She speaks Spanish and roller dances.

 

 

 

 

 

Matt attended Iona College and graduated with a Bachelors in Finance. He speaks Spanish and loves to write, publishing his first book in 2018!

 

 

 

 

 

Naliaka attended Northwestern University for her B.S. triple majoring and received her M.P.S. from New York University. She speaks Spanish and is a vegan chef!

 

 

 

Nikki graduated from Wagner College with her B.A. in Psychology and University of Missouri for a M.ED Educational Counseling and Positive Coaching. She speaks Spanish and stops to pet every dog she sees on the street!

 

 

 

 

 

Paul graduated from John Jay College (CUNY) with a B.A. in Criminology. He speaks Spanish and loves to dance!

 

 

 

Ryan received a BFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University and speaks Japanese, Spanish, German and ASL. He has visited 30 countries, 15% of the world!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah graduated from The College of Mount Saint Vincent with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. She speaks Spanish and Tagalog and climbed a pyramid in Mexico!

 

 

 

Serena graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Psychology and The New School with a Masters in Organizational Change Management. Her favorite holiday is Christmas!

 

 

 

Sharlene graduated from NYU  with a Bachelors in Marketing & Finance. She speaks Hatian Creole and was in a Greek milk commercial for a few seconds during a college spring break trip!

 

 

 

Shenan graduated from CUNY Queens College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor or Arts in Art Education K-12. She speaks Spanish and loves to garden!

 

 

 

Sherill-Marie attended Columbia for her B.A. and graduated from NYU with a M.A. in Educational Theater. She can speak Spanish and Italian, and she was her high school mascot!

 

 

 

Shyanne attended Clark Atlanta University and graduated with her Masters in Social Work. She can speak Chinese, and has traveled to 26 different countries.

 

 

Stewart attended City College and graduated with a Bachelors in Media & Communication and his Masters in Educational Theater. He speaks Spanish, and engages in photography in his free time. .

 

 

 

Suzanne graduated with her B.A. from Prescott College and her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Suzanne used to be an opera singer!

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor graduated at Point Park University with a B.A. in Psychology and Dance and is currently completing her MSW at Fordham. She used to live in Rome, Italy!

 

 

 

Tamara attended Cornell University for her degree in Policy Analysis and Management, and completed graduate school at Temple. She loves to knit!

 

 

 

Taylor's known as the 'Queen of Brunching'!

 

 

 

Terrence completed his B.A. at Columbia University and studied at Howard University Law School after that! He speaks Spanish and enjoys playing online games.

 

 

 

Veronica completed her B.A. in Anthropology at the University of Texas and her M.A. in Sociology of Education at NYU. She speaks Spanish and her first job was singing in her father's band!

 

 

 

Wendy graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Case Western Reserve University, and completed her masters at Fordham. She has seven grandchildren!

 

 

 

Yolanda graduated from Hampton University with her B.A. in Theater Arts Speech Communication. She directed, produced and performed in “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind”!