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.
Ariana Jimenez is a senior at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania studying business economics and public policy and management. Ariana runs after school programming, and she previously managed the 2021 Civic Engagement Summer Program. She has a passion for civic education and improving youth voter turnout. In her free time, she plays guitar and loves to sing. Ariana is excited to continue to work with Philadelphia high school students!
ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Nina Wang is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying linguistics and potentially international relations. She is passionate about engaging with youth to promote civic education and is excited to work with High School Voter Project to increase youth voting turnout! In her free time, Nina enjoys solving crosswords and dreams of being a cat-owner.
Sameem Ahmadzai is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Urban Studies and Philosophy. Back in high school, he had the opportunity to co-lead a voter registration drive in his community, giving him a stronger idea of what supports and hinders voter participation. On that front, he is very interested in promoting youth voter turnout and civic engagement more broadly. In his free time, Sameem loves to run, read, and explore nature!
Michelle Artiga is a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has done work for civic engagement in Los Angeles (her hometown) and is very excited to do the same in Philadelphia.
Zoe is a freshman in the College of Arts and Science hoping to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She is super excited to work in West Philly and engage with the local community. Beyond the High School Voter Project, Zoe is active in the theater arts at Penn and loves to bake.
Neha Chelamkuri is a first-year student at the University of Pennsylvania in the Life Science and Management dual-degree program. As part of the High School Voter Project, she is excited to be continuing her work in civic engagement and learn more about the Philadelphia community along the way. In her free time, she enjoys reading, doing the Wordle, and watching Formula 1.
Ethan Crawford is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania with intentions to study economics and political science. He has worked voter registration booths and civic engagement workshops in high school and is excited to continue improving youth voter turnout through High School Voter Project. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports with friends, playing guitar, and reading historical nonfiction.
Mahala Garcia-Bartch is an undergraduate in the College studying political science, with a concentration in international relations and Latin American and Latino studies. As a native Philadelphian, she firmly believes in creating youth leaders through voter education and civic engagement programs for local high school students. She has done work with a voter registration team in high school, educating peers on the importance of democratic participation and teaching them how local government works. Her other interests include singing, running and listening to music.
Hannah Kim is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania intending to study International Relations and Communications. Previously having worked with AAPI organizations, she is passionate about helping the youth learn to advocate for themselves through civic engagement and voting. She is excited to meet Philadelphia high school students and get to know them! In her spare time, you can find her scoping out the city's hottest restaurants or scribbling down poems.
Rachel Norman is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. Rachel worked as the 2022 Assistant Summer Program Manager before joining our school year team in January 2023.
Sara Snyder is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. She is studying sociology and urban education. She has a passion for civic engagement and education, and she is excited to begin working with the High School Voter Project.
Eric Yang is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying economics. He is passionate about uplifting communities through civic engagement. In his free time, he likes to root for the Eagles and play with his dog.
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.
West Catholic High School '20
Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter School '22
West Catholic High School '23
Bobby Little Jr.
The LINC '24
Tech Friere Charter School '24
2020 & 2021 COHORT
West Catholic High School '24
West Catholic High School '21
West Catholic High School '22
2021 & 2022 COHORT
West Catholic High School '24
Science Leadership Academy '24
Science Leadership Academy '24
Valley Forge Military Academy '25
Bonner and Preside High School '24
Parkway West High School '25
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
2020 Naomi Karnuah, Assistant Site Coordinator
2020 Julia Brickfield, 2021 Program Director
2021 Abigail Dym, Curriculum Director
2021 Taylor Prescott, Assistant Summer Program Manager
2021 Shannon DiFulgo, Site Coordinator
2022 Christine Park, Site Coordinator
2022 Jack Starobin, Assistant Program Director
2021 Aleana Nguyen, Site Coordinator
2023 Faith Applegate, Assistant Summer Program Manager
2021 Valeria Andrango, Site Coordinator