Our Staff

Brittany DeNovellis

Brittany DeNovellis

Interim Coordinator

Brittany grew up in sunny southern California, graduating with her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008. After spending some time interning for non-profits in the Portland, Oregon, she decided to pursue her love of learning about other cultures when she applied for a 6-month scholarship to teach English in Thailand. Brittany ultimately stayed in Southeast Asia for the next two and a half years, ending with volunteering with a migrant woman’s organization from Burma prior to moving back to the US. She started working for the Refugee Youth Project in 2013 as the Volunteer Specialist.

Brittany is currently pursuing her M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Baltimore. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, working out with November Project Baltimore, and learning the art of hand lettering!

Email her at brittany@refugeeyouthproject.org or call 410-558-3194.

Camille Wathne

Camille Wathne

Volunteer Specialist

Camille originally hails from coastal Massachusetts, but has been living and working in Baltimore for the last 9 years and calls the city home. She first got involved with RYP as an after-school program volunteer during her undergraduate years at Loyola University and fell in love with the program! At Loyola, Camille worked in the Center for Community Service and Justice and coordinated student volunteers at 3 service agencies in Baltimore City. Camille has spent the past 5 years working in different facets of the refugee resettlement experience — as a caseworker for refugee youth at the IRC, curriculum developer for refugee clients at HIAS, and ESL instructor for adult learners at BCCC. She’s thrilled to be joining the team at RYP to continue supporting refugee youth in Maryland. In her free time, Camille loves backpacking, rock climbing, cooking (and eating), drawing, and learning Spanish and Arabic.

You can reach her at camille@refugeeyouthproject.org. Her office number is 410-558-3258.

Alexis Logan Brown

Alexis Logan Brown

College JUMP (Journey Upward Mentoring Program) Coordinator

Alexis was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina where she majored in International Studies with minors in Political Science and Psychology. Through various organizations, Alexis has striven to increase the number of ethnic minorities on college campus’ and increase the information and networks available to minority students looking into higher education.

Project: The UMBC/Refugee Youth Project VISTA will create and implement a near-peer college access mentoring program between high school refugee students and UMBC volunteers. By engaging students and parents in college readiness workshops and activities, the project will increase the number of refugee youth that successfully enroll in four-year institutions.

You can reach her at alexislb@umbc.edu. Read about College JUMP’s accomplishments in years 1 & 2 here!

Cora Stern

Cora Stern

ArtWorks Coordinator

Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Cora is a recent graduate from the College of William and Mary, where she earned her BA in international relations with a minor in Middle Eastern studies. As a student, she participated in undergraduate research into international aid flows and youth radicalization, as well as interned for The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Karamah-Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights. She also spent a semester abroad in Morocco studying Arabic and North African politics. In her free time, she likes to play the fiddle, play ultimate frisbee with her friends, and explore Baltimore! Cora is excited to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Refugee Youth Project’s ArtWorks initiative in order to learn about refugees experiences as well as gain experience working in a social enterprise.

Project: The BCCC/Refugee Youth Project VISTA member promotes economic growth and post-secondary education for refugee teens through the ArtWorks program, an arts-based social enterprise. The project focuses on increasing employment opportunities, increasing understanding of financial literacy, and providing a safe and structured environment for youth to reconnect to cultural traditions.

Get in touch with Cora by emailing rypartworks2@gmail.com.