Meet Rachelle Antoine. Our Mentoring Program Director in the US. We are super excited to join forces with Rachelle to help empower Haitians across the US to change their mindset, create their life and impact their community.
Rachelle Antoine is an Advanced Generalist Creative Social Worker, Educator, and Mentor. She holds a bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from York College, City University of New York, where she served as the President of the Student Government Association. She also holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. Her work entails developing a broad, multidimensional approach to problem-solving that fosters the most creative, innovative, and integrative solutions possible in youth. Her vision is to empower youth by incorporating art, music, fashion into social work to give way to the role of creativity in empowering and promoting discussion in the community.
Rachelle has provided high-quality services for children, teens, and families. She has previously worked in the New York City Administration Children Services Division of Youth & Family Justice where she supported the development of protocols and policies for “Close to Home” aftercare, an initiative that authorizes New York City to provide juvenile justice services, including placement facilities, to justice. She also worked in the Office of the New York City Public Advocate where she assisted with complaints and inquiries involving government-related services and regulations. Rachelle worked as a peer mentor in the Academic Advisement Center at York College, where she mentored and assisted students through their academic journey. Rachelle is now working as Youth Overseer in Vine Baptist Church where she coordinates the work of all youth staff and volunteers weaving all efforts invested in the youth toward the accomplishment of empowering youth.
Rachelle has demonstrated her leadership through the early adoption of mentoring youth and her involvement in her community and local schools. She believes that change happens when people are given the guidance, adequate tools, and support that they need to draw on their own strengths, and these strengths often link to freedom, creativity, and values that are essential to leadership and the autonomy of a person.
Rachelle was born in Port-au-Prince, Cite Soleil. She is the third in a family of four children. She was raised in Delmas 75 and received her early education in a family school named “College Frere Antoine.” At the age of 10, Rachelle immigrated with her family to Queens, New York. She attended Intermediate School 109 and graduated from Martin Van Buren High school with honors.
Rachelle hopes to continue to advocate on behalf of youth locally, nationally, and internationally by focusing on the many issues that are affecting young children especially in her hometown, Haiti. She aims to raise the visibility of creativity in the social work profession, and to improve youth lives globally through mentoring and creative therapy.
Please visit https://www.ariseprojectforhumanity.com to learn how you can get involved.