Our Staff

Brittany DeNovellis

Brittany DeNovellis

Program 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.

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. We he was in a refugee camp, he began volunteering in 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
Susan Tuberville

Susan Tuberville

Community Art Collaborative (CAC) AmeriCorps

Susan was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and completed her BFA in Studio Art and Art Education at Birmingham-Southern College. With experience teaching young people from preschool through high school and teaching English to adults, she left the U.S. to enter the field of international education. First teaching in Botswana and then South Korea, Susan further pursued her passion for connecting with others around the world! She is thrilled to get to know the youth and families of RYP while pursuing an MFA in Community Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art. In her free time, Susan loves hiking, yoga, all kinds of art-making, trying new foods, and exploring.

You can reach Susan at stuberville@mica.edu

Maia Owen

Community Art Collaborative (CAC) AmeriCorps

Maia has lived in many places but is originally from Tennessee. She completed her bachelor’s degree in anthropology at New College of Florida in 2017. She is passionate about using art and education for social change. While she was in college, she participated in a film course in Berlin, Germany. There she spent a summer collaborating on a film project with a theatre organized by refugees. The short films they produced discuss what the future of Berlin looks like from non-citizen perspectives. She continued to work with the theatre group and went back to Berlin the next summer to assist with a play the actors wrote and performed for an international theatre festival. During that time, she used photography to document the theatrical process and later wrote her undergraduate thesis about theatre and art as tools for storytelling, community building and empowerment. Maia has worked with a variety of community arts organizations and nonprofits including the PEACE Education and Action Center, The Multicultural Health Institute, and the South Florida Museum. Before moving to Baltimore, she spent a year teaching preschool arts and music in Florida.

Maia is currently pursuing an MFA in Community Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art. As an artist, she uses a variety of mediums, including writing, drawing, film, and photography. When she is not making her own art or teaching, she likes to discover new music, go camping, or take care of her plants.

You can reach Maia at mowen01@mica.edu

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.