Our Team

Our program is administered by passionate staff and students from the University of Pennsylvania Netter Center for Community Partnerships and facilitated by talented high school  interns.

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Julia Brickfield

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Julia Brickfield is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying political science and economics. Julia is passionate about educational equity and ensuring that everyone gets a say in their government, so she is very excited about the HS Voter Project. During high school and college, she worked on two gubernatorial campaigns and took part in several voter registration events. She is very excited to help register and educate Philadelphia residents on the importance of voting!

jbrick37@sas.upenn.edu

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Abigail Dym

CURRICULUM DIRECTOR

Abigail Dym is a joint-Ph.D. student in political science and education policy at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies and advocates for youth voting, political participation, and civic education. Prior to graduate school, Abigail was an AmeriCorps volunteer and social studies teacher. When she's not talking and thinking about voting, she is feeding her sourdough starter and playing with her new cats, Bagel and Babka. 

abirose@sas.upenn.edu 

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Ariana Jimenez

SITE COORDINATOR

Ariana Jimenez is a student at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has a passion for civic engagement, and during her senior year of high school she became a non-partisan election ambassador for her local county clerk’s office. Ariana has registered dozens of students to vote at several local high schools and gave presentations to hundreds of students on how to register and why voting matters. In her free time, she plays guitar and loves to sing. Ariana is excited to work with Philadelphia high school students!

ariana3@wharton.upenn.edu

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Naomi Karnuah

ALUMNI SPEAKER

Naomi Karnuah is student at Penn State University and an alumna of the Civic Engagement Summer program. In high school, she was involved in over 10 clubs and activities in which she assumed leadership roles including Fashion Club Co-President, School Vice President, and Choir President. She has been involved with the PYN Netter Center program for a total of three years! From this she has gained professional development, work experience, and much more. Additionally, she enjoys singing, modeling, sewing, writing poetry, and more. 

Naomi.Karnuah@gmail.com

Aleana Nguyen

SITE COORDINATOR

Aleana Nguyen is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying Health and Societies hoping to repair healthcare disparities. She has a passion for civic engagement, and hopes everyone understands why their vote matters, why it is important to have a say in their government. Aleana has worked with a non-profit organization called VietLead in high school that worked to expand local, collective, democratic practices in Black, Brown, and Southeast Asian communities through Voter Registration programs, Voter Education workshops, and advocacy to end disenfranchisement to all voters. In her free time, she loves to play with her dog Max and bake.

 

aleana@sas.upenn.edu

Shannon Difulgo

SITE COORDINATOR

Shannon Difulgo is a first-year Nursing student here at The University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about youth voter turnout. Her goal is to ensure everyone knows the power of their voice!

sdifulgo@nursing.upenn.edu

Philadelphia Youth Network Interns

Our Civic Engagement Summer interns come from across Philly to learn about civic engagement and register their peers to vote through the Philadelphia Youth Network WorkReady Program.

Naomi Karnuah

2020 COHORT

West Catholic High School '20

Laniyah Little

2020 COHORT

Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School '22

Joe Green

2020 COHORT

West Catholic High School '23

Deborah Karnuah

2020 COHORT

West Catholic High School '24

Zahya Whitfield

2020 COHORT

Tech Friere Charter School '24

Bobby Little Jr.

2020 COHORT

The LINC '24

Former Teammates

As a largely student run organization, every year some of our staff graduates and goes on to do great things. Here they are by the year they joined the Netter Center.

2019 Jay Falk, Founding Program Director

2020 Kaday Kamara, Assistant Summer Program Manager

2020 Marissa Friedman, Assistant Program Director

2020 Diamond Walker, Site Coordinator