What is NJCASA’s Social Media Ambassador Program?
Since 2015, NJCASA’s Social Media Ambassador (SMA) volunteer program empowers social media activists in N.J. to:
- Support survivors
- Start conversations about sexual assault prevention
- Create safer online spaces
As partners of NJCASA and proponents of our work, SMAs like and comment on our content, share announcements and events to further boost awareness of NJCASA’s projects, and initiate critical conversations about prevention, awareness, and more.
become an ambassador
We’re looking for virtual volunteers who are:
- Passionate about media
- Always asking their friends, “Did you see this?”
- Committed to promoting and creating safer spaces online
For additional information or questions, please contact Sarah Bear, Community Engagement Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the Social Media Ambassadors
Mariel is a crisis response advocate for two sexual assault response teams in New Jersey. She is an active leader in organizations such as the National Organization for Women and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey. She also ran for the New Jersey General Assembly in the 2017 election cycle. She is currently studying for her Master’s at Rutgers University in the Women’s and Gender Studies program. She hopes to combine passions for both politics and fighting sexual assault to make positive, effective changes towards a safer society.
Martine has a degree in Sociology and currently works in the financial industry. She has always had a passion for understanding people from all walks of life and is very excited to focus this passion to make progress toward peace; peace for survivors of sexual assault and spreading knowledge in attempt to prevent further widespread normalizations. She started a ‘Peace on the Beach’ project locally of painting rocks with positive messages and dropping them around the shore trying to spread smiles and build a sense of community.
Meghan is a Licensed Social Worker serving as the Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention Program Coordinator for her county’s sexual violence crisis center. In her role, she provides sexual violence education in county organizations, K-12 schools, and on a local military base! Meghan has been passionate about human sexuality and women’s rights since writing about the importance of access to abortion for women in grade school as well as learning about love and sex in her undergraduate studies. During her time at the sexual violence crisis center, she has identified her life’s passion and mission to help and empower survivors. In addition to empowering survivors, Meghan hopes to engage communities as bystanders and promote the need to foster relationships among organizations, communities, and individuals to prevent sexual violence. As an SMA for NJCASA, she looks forward to breaking the silence of this social problem through facilitating healthy engagement with the help of America’s new favorite past time: social media. Join her on this journey in facilitating social change, as it is needed now more than ever!
Rachael has a Masters of Social Work and is currently employed in the field of Mental Health and Supportive Housing as the agency’s Compliance Manager. When she’s not drowning in Excel spreadsheets, she is looking for ways to build community and enhance teamwork with her colleagues. She wears many hats throughout the day, but finds that she’s most happy when she’s actively working to make the world a more positive and safe place. Being an effective change agent has been and will always continue to be her lifelong purpose.
Rohana Sengupta is a self-proclaimed positive-vibe addict. She currently is the co-creator of a women’s forum Sudhara Manaswini.
In her professional life, Lexi works for a women’s volunteer organization, equipping female leaders with the tools to tackle society’s most pressing community issues. Prior to landing permanently on the East Coast, she spent time in Seattle working for the University of Washington Women’s Center, and in Guatemala as a Peace Corps volunteer, where she partnered with a local NGO to train and empower rural women’s groups. When she is not reading up on all things women’s rights, Lexi can probably be found at a live music venue or watching baseball.
LaVon is currently a student at Seton Hall University working toward her B.A. in Sociology. She plans to apply to graduate school in the fall to study school counseling. She is passionate about taking a stand against sexual violence, and wants to create safer environments for everyone. When she is not working on campus or in the library catching up on homework, she is most likely watching Netflix. Her goal is to keep people aware of sexual violence and to change the current stigmas surrounding sexual violence. The fight to stop sexual violence can start with one individual, and she is excited to be given that opportunity as an NJCASA Social Media Ambassador.
Andrea retired from the Army in 2017 where she was trained as a Combat Medic and Victim Advocate; her last three years in the military she worked as the Victim Advocate for her unit. During this time she trained over 1400 civilian and military personnel on the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program. She is currently employed as the Victim Advocate for Picatinny Arsenal where she continues her work to prevent, educate, advocate, and raise awareness regarding sexual violence and the effects it has on the people involved and the community.
Silvia is currently an undergraduate at New Jersey City University, co-majoring in Education and History. Her love for social activism started in her junior year of high school when she became involved with the Gay Straight Alliance, an after-school club. The club focused on various topics that later helped Silvia find her passion for social activism. In her free time, she enjoys reading articles on social activism to help her stay informed and educated on the current events.
Kristen started out in the victim advocacy movement through a random internship placement during her undergraduate studies at Temple University. Little did she know that it would evolve her into a social justice advocate. Kristen completed her Psychology degree and went on to finish a Master’s in Administration of Human Services. For three years, she worked in several different positions with her local domestic and sexual violence agency. In 2017, Kristen went on to the world of higher education and is still working closely with survivors as part of the local Displaced Homemaker program. With the free time she has left after a long day of fighting the patriarchy, Kristen likes to hang out with her dog and quietly meditate in the form of binge-watching Netflix. 2018 will be Kristen’s third year as a Social Media Ambassador.