HomeWorks is a non-profit after-school boarding program that uses project based curriculum to foster a love for learning, provide a safe and stable home, and encourage community engagement through projects and partnerships. HomeWorks keeps the benefits of a boarding school, such as low student to teacher ratio, tight knit community, and group maturity without having to abide by restrictions and financial constraints of a school. HomeWorks will provide a safe place to sleep, daily meals and educational support. We will create a culture where students are inspired to learn and invest in their education so they can give back to their community. 

We are looking to solve the problem of the way homelessness and unstable home life impact students in school. While these high school students have immeasurable potential, the distractions of poverty and instability do not create an environment that allows students to achieve their best. We seek to be an agent for change. 

Students will arrive at HomeWorks on Sunday night and stay throughout Thursday morning. They will return to their families after school on Thursdays. At full capacity, there will be 80 students in the tutoring program, 40 who are boarding students and 40 who are day students. 

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    Aurelio Ayala '18

    Aurelio is a junior from Houston, Texas, pursuing a double major in Psychology and Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies at the University of Richmond . His experience in underprivileged public schools and an elite boarding school taught him the consequences of insufficient student support and benefits from teacher involvement. His education has fostered his passion to address issues within public education. In the summers of 2015 and 2016, Aurelio was a Residential Coordinator of the Lawrenceville Summer Scholars Program, where he organized the program structure and oversaw over 150 students. As part of Best Buddies, he is paired with young adults diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Aurelio was also an executive member of the largest programing board at his university, SpiderBoard. In addition to being marketing director, he worked with his team to host school-wide events and managed more than $100,000 a year. In the past, Aurelio supported at-risk students in Trenton. As a volunteer for the Lawrenceville School Scamp in Asbury, New Jersey, he fundraised during the school year and was a counselor during the summer to provide underserved Trenton students with a free summer camp experience.

    Program: 2017 eLab Summer Accelerator

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    Brenaea Fairchild '16

    Brenaea Fairchild remembers that it was the additional support provided by her parents, teachers, tutors, and mentors that helped her to flourish in the classroom. With a desire to give back and serve the Princeton-Trenton community, she co-founded Homeworks with Natalie.

    Fairchild established B-Fair Tutoring four years ago as a sophomore at Princeton. B-Fair Tutoring is about serving the community and helping students realize that they can succeed in the classroom regardless of their past experiences. She has over 5 years of teaching and mentoring experience, including interning at the U.S. Department of Education. Furthermore, Fairchild has had the opportunity to work in Paris, France teaching English to young Parisian children. She has also worked with Scholar Academies, a charter management organization in Philadelphia, PA, that has remained the highest performing Charter Middle School in the City of Philadelphia for the past four years. While on the Scholar Academies team, Fairchild had the opportunity to work on the launch of their newest school, Young Scholar Kenderton Charter School.

    Program: 2016-2017 eLab Incubator

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    Ellie Fu '18

    Ellie is a Junior from Tokyo and Hong Kong. She found her love for teaching in High School, where she led a weekly support and English tutoring program for Japanese children who were impacted by the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown in 2011. On campus, you can probably find her getting lost in Firestone Library while doing research for her History papers, tossing around a frisbee with her teammates, or singing (out of tune) to the Hamilton soundtrack with her wonderful roommates.  

    Program: 2016-2017 eLab Incubator

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    Mofopefoluwa Olarinmoye '20

    Mofopefoluwa Olarinmoye is a freshman majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering, with a focus on biotechnology and bioengineering. She also plans to pursue a certificate in Entrepreneurship. On campus, she is a member of the Princeton University Gospel Ensemble (PUGE), the Secretary of the Princeton Association of Black Women (PABW), a member of the Princeton Women in Business (PWiB) Events Committee, and the Sales Team Captain in the Institute for Chocolate Studies. Mofopefoluwa is passionate about female empowerment, she specifically wishes to improve female literacy rates in developing countries like Nigeria, her home country. Her ultimate dream is to create a foundation that connects more underprivileged girls with the books, resources and overall education that will enable them to expand their horizons, and better themselves and their families. She strongly believes in the power of education to break boundaries and change mindsets. Her love for education arises partly from her experience in boarding schools, in both Nigeria and the United States. A couple of years ago, she interned at LEAP Africa, an NGO in Nigeria that works towards developing the next generation of ethical entrepreneurs and leaders. While there, she aided the Programs Department in planning and executing their annual summer leadership program, targeted at secondary school students, which sparked her interest in teaching children to become intentional servant leaders.

    Program: 2017 eLab Summer Accelerator

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    Rae Perez '19

    Studying Architecture with a minor in Computer Science, I plan on pursuing User Experience design, which is about making products and services more intuitive, accessible and user-friendly. I'm originally from San Diego, and first discovered my passion for fighting homelessness while on a church service trip to San Francisco in high school. I also love education and currently tutor kids twice a week at a local homeschool cooperative.


    Program: 2016-2017 eLab Incubator

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    Shohini Rakhit '18

    Shohini is a junior from Atlanta studying Chemical and Biological Engineering and pursuing a certificate in the Applications of Computing. She serves as a teacher, volunteer coordinator and curriculum developer for an English as a Second Language program in Trenton. In the past, she has worked with the Rescue Mission of Trenton to provide residents with free GED tutoring. As a community development leader of the PU Engineers Without Borders team, she has also worked with communities in Kenya to develop sustainable sources of clean water. She loves dancing a wide variety of styles, and is currently the president of Naacho, a south asian dance company. Her interest in education lead her to spend a summer in Philadelphia working for Scholar Academies, a charter school operator that serves urban students in Philadelphia, Trenton, D.C., and Memphis. She also explored her interests in biology when she spent a summer conducting structural biology research in the Czech Republic. 

    Program: 2017 eLab Summer Accelerator

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    Jordan Stallworth '20

    Jordan is a freshman interested in studying Sociology or policy at the Woodrow Wilson School. She is currently learning Spanish and plans to study abroad in a Latin American country before her junior year. On campus, she is a member of the Varsity Women’s basketball team. After spending this past summer as a scholar in Princeton’s Freshman Scholar Institute (FSI), Jordan became a fellow for the Scholars Institute Fellows Program (SIFP) here on campus. In high school, Jordan experienced success in various areas. Jordan was captain of the Varsity basketball team, editor-in- chief of The Grizzly Gazette newspaper, and a member of the Gwinnett (County) Student Leadership Team (GSLT). On GSLT, Jordan organized school-wide events to promote leadership skills for first-year through senior students, and co-founded Bear Leadership Team (BLT), an organization that focused on developing student-leaders and a high-performance culture within the school. Upon graduation, Jordan hopes to eventually work to reform education policies so to improve teachers’ working conditions and students’ academic performance.

    Program: 2016-2017 eLab Incubator

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    Elijah Sumners '18

    Elijah is a rising senior from Ewing, NJ studying Political Science at Rutgers University. He worked as intern at the Freedom School, a Civil Rights-era program founded out of necessity for African American students in the South to receive equal access to education. Freedom Schools program plays a much needed role in helping to curb summer learning loss and close achievement gaps. It is a subsidiary of the Childhood Defense Fund a nonprofit child advocacy organization that works. As an intern there he helped rising sixth graders from the inner-city develop and strengthen their reading comprehension skills. His hobbies include cycling, playing soccer, and reading.

    Program: 2017 eLab Summer Accelerator

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    Natalie Tung '18

    Natalie is a junior from Hong Kong, studying English with a certificate in Teacher prep. On campus, she is on the Varsity Women’s squash team and is formally involved with Camp Kesem and the Big-sib Little-sib program. She is currently an assistant coach for Princeton Junior Squash and has had experiences in teaching young students English, Math and Chinese. For the past two summers, Natalie served as the Residential Coordinator of The Lawrenceville Summer Scholars Program, where she spent the year developing the staff and organizational structure of the program and oversaw ~160 students during the summer. Natalie’s dream is to be a High School English teacher where she can influence teenagers in their formative years. She is also hoping to use social entrepreneurship to address education challenges around the world. As a boarding school graduate, Natalie is grateful of the privileges and opportunities she had been given and dreams to make boarding experience possible for underprivileged youth. In February 2016, she took Marty Johnson’s Social Entrepreneurship class at Princeton, where she partnered with Brenaea Fairchild '16, to develop the idea of HomeWorks.

    Program: 2016-2017 eLab Incubator, 2017 eLab Summer Accelerator