Jordana is a current student at Winchester High School who enjoys fighting for social justice through both the Network for Social Justice and community events at school. She has lived in Winchester her whole life, so providing these resources to help her neighbors is extremely important to her. She is excited to watch this website reach many of you, and hopes it can help students all around Middlesex county and beyond. When she’s not fighting for youth mental health, Jordana enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, or doing just about anything else outside. She hopes you all find these resources helpful!
Valery Verdier (she/her) is currently a sophmore at Woburn Memorial High School and is one of the interns who helped create this page. This is her first internship with SCI and she is grateful to have been a part of this project. She hopes to help give more resources promoting positive mental health accessibility for people who are searching for it.
Alice Wang (she/her) is a rising WHS senior who first served as a NFSJ intern in the Fall of 2021 after attending NFSJ workshops and events. She is most interested in youth mental health, lgbt mental health, and indigenous rights. Outside of the NFSJ, she volunteers at the Winchester School of Chinese Culture and does competitive dance. She is a member of the Red Cross Club, Newspaper Club, and Asian American Club at her school.
Nora Burke is a part of the SCI organization who helped create this website. She is 17 years old and currently struggles with mental health. She really enjoys things like listening to music, creating art, theater, playing bass guitar, and geeky things like Star Wars and Marvel Comics. Her dream is to create a space where everyone can be themselves and talk freely about their struggles without any stigmatization or judgment. She is completely open to talking about her struggles with mental health and offering any sort of support she can to others going through the same things as she is.
Kafui Kemeh (she/her) is a current senior at Woburn Memorial High School. She is a Student Leader of the embRACE club at WMHS that focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an embRACE member, she has been a speaker at the SCI sponsored Woburn Juneteenth celebration for the past 2 years. In addition to embRACE, Kafui has been a WMHS Freshman Mentor and Core Leader for the Survive the Drive-LEARN clubs for the past 2 years. Kafui joined the Leaders for an Equitable Tomorrow (LET) summer program because as a teen social justice and mental health advocate, she believed that being a part of a team avidly working towards community solutions in the spheres of mental health & social justice was a perfect fit. Kafui intends on pursuing a major in Psychology after graduating from WMHS in 2023 and aspires to become a Clinical Psychologist in the future.
Grace Bettencourt (she/her) is a rising WHS senior and previously served as a NFSJ intern. Apart from interning, Grace is very active in social justice and in politics! During the summer of 2020, she was the Winchester head of the Biden campaign. She also helps out in local elections, one being her father’s [Select Board member Mike Bettencourt], and also State Representative Mike Day’s! In March 2022, Grace was recognized as a NFSJ Women’s History Month Honoree. She is so excited to be joining again as an intern!
Ryuu Fernando (they/them) is a rising WHS sophomore. In their free time, they enjoy drawing, music, and debate. A first-time NFSJ intern, Ryuu is excited to finally be able to drive progress and change in this internship, not just for their town, but hopefully statewide and eventually nationwide.
Maddie Syed (she/her) is a rising WHS sophomore, and we are thrilled to welcome her back as a NFSJ intern. She was the founding member of the McCall Social Justice club. Maddie’s leading social justice passions include climate activism, women’s rights, and indigenous rights. In the fall, Maddie worked closely with NFSJ’s IPAC group to organize our first-ever Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Jennifer Wu (she/her) is a rising WHS senior who first served as a NFSJ intern in the Fall of 2021. She is a part of WHS’s Student Council, Science Olympiad team, and the school newspaper. Jennifer is incredibly excited to work with the Network on issues such as anti-racism education, equity in STEM, and healthcare.