Our Staff

Amber Hengen

Amber Hengen

School Impact Specialist

Amber comes to the BCCC Refugee Youth Project from the Baltimore, Maryland area. She is a graduate of Howard Community College where she received her Associate of Arts degrees in International Studies and Arabic Studies. She is also a graduate of University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Global Studies and Political Science, and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (2018)Amber has enjoyed working with international populations in the Maryland area for 8 years now, through non-profit refugee resettlement internships, ESOL work-study at the community college level, being a caseworker for adolescent refugees and their families, and teaching ESOL in public schools. Amber also has volunteer and intern experience abroad, having worked on community development projects and English language programming in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic.

 

You can reach her at amber@refugeeyouthproject.org . Her office number is 410-327-1885 ext. 258.

Daniel Solomon

Daniel Solomon

Site Coordinator

Daniel Solomon was born and grew up in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. When he was in high school, he was interested in math, physics, and chemistry. He graduated from the University of Asmara with a major in math and minor in statistics. He has a strong passion for working with youth, specifically refugees. He also played soccer in high school, college, and for different clubs in Eritrea and Ethiopia. After he graduated from the University of Asmara, he taught math in high school for a year as a national service. He left his country in 2003 because of the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia as well as imprisonment by the Eritrean government without any reason. He ended up a refugee in Ethiopia. When he was in a refugee camp, he began volunteering at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as youth program coordinator and sometimes taught middle school math when short staffed. He gathered a variety of life skill training organized by the IRC. In 2010, he came to the United States.

In the United States, he began volunteering with Baltimore Resettlement Center and Refugee Youth Project. He works as an Eritrean community leader, and he is also a diversity committee member with Soccer Without Borders (SWB). He has taken community interpretation, medical terminology and CISCO certificate training. Since 2011, he has worked with Baltimore City Schools and Refugee Youth Project.

Mr. Solomon has earned several awards, including:

  1. Community leader of the year from International Rescue Committee
  2. A trophy from Newsfitt kid for coaching Moravia Park Soccer Team and Chess Club
  3. Best volunteer of the year from youth program in the refugee camp

Kaitlin Benner-Kenagy

College JUMP Coordinator

Kaitlin Benner- Kenagy hails from Seattle, WA and served in the Peace Corps as TEFL Volunteer in Azerbaijan. She completed a Masters of Cross-Cultural & International Education with a focus in Marginalized Populations and Educational Development as a Coverdell Fellow at Bowling Green State University in 2016.

While a Peaceworker at UMBC, Kaitlin will pursue a Masters in Elementary Education and TEFL at Loyola University of Maryland and will have dual service placements as a coordinator for the Sondheim Scholars Program and with the College JUMP program, which creates college pathways for refugee youth. She loves reading, tea, painting, and learning languages and cultures.