Shantia Clyburn, Program Coordinator
I have been the Program Coordinator of St. Paul’s After School Program for almost 4 years now. I found St. Paul’s through the AmeriCorps State and National program where I served as a mentor for one year also with St. Paul’s. I am a full time student at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey. I am completing a double major in English and Secondary Education. I have been working with children for about 7 years now and can’t think of anything more fulfilling!
Bobby Josiah Blackmon,Part-time Americorps Member
I am a student at Berkeley College, studying Criminal Justice. I have worked for St. Paul’s for about 3 years now. I think working with the children here at St. Paul’s is the best!
Taimon Campbell, Full- time Americorps Member
I am a graduate from Union County College, with a degree in Sports Management. I enjoy working with and around children. I believe relating to children on an all around basis is the best way to keep a child’s attention. I am an athlete and an inspiring basketball coach. I look forward to just passing on any and all information to help the youth of our future.
Maria Costanzo Palmer is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. She currently serves as the Grant Writer for the After School Program. She has extensive experience in working with nonprofit organizations in many aspects of development, program design, research, evaluation, event planning, volunteer coordination and any other hat that is needed at the time.
She relocated to the NJ area a year ago from California, where she was Director as the Director of Get On The Bus, a program that reunites children with their incarcerated parents once a year for a special Mother’s/Father’s Day visit. Maria has worked for the Osborne Association in Brooklyn, NY and New York University doing prison-related research. Maria also was the co-host of Heart to Heart, a once a month internet radio show that focused on issues facing children who have incarcerated parents.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from in Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University in New York and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. She enjoys hiking, running, cooking and writing.