LAN - Latino Action Network - Vice President Membership Correctional Educator - Soujourn HS Newark NJIT-CPCP-College, Bound Lead Mentor / Recruiter/ Maria s a Newark resident with an ardent drive for social equality and a inspirational leader. She is currently employed as a Parent Liaison for College Bound, a New Jersey Statewide GEAR UP Project at the NJ Institute of Technology (NJIT).She is also currently working as an Instructor with youth at risk in a Juvenile Detention Center in Biology for applied sciences.Maria is an exceptional young leader who has made a big difference in all projects that she commits to from leading a mentoring program to help minority students pursue a college education to Latina’s efforts for gender equality in her free time . Throughout her professional career, she has worked closely with curriculum specialists to further develop the successful mentoring component the NJ GEAR UP Project. She has developed strong relationships and established strong partnerships with non-profit and corporate organizations that help to bridge the gap between education and opportunity through internships and social impact projects. Maria has also worked with Newark Public Schools' for the last few years in urban classroom settings. Ranging from Special Needs Program, as an Autism Instructor in a self-contained classroom. Ms. Andrade has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She is a graduate from the Center for American Women in Politics- NEW-Leadership Cohort Class of 2016. She was also awarded a Political Science Certificate from TWC-The Washington Center in Washington D.C. She has been recognized by the New Jersey City University (NJCU)- Opportunity Scholarship Program EOF and inducted in Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, along with being a part of the National Society of Leadership and Success- NJCU Chapter. She is also a Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Women in Global Policy Almuna -She serves as the Regional Ambassador for the NJ GEAR UP & College Bound Alumni Network since 2010. As a woman of color, daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants, a young mother and social justice fighter she has dedicated herself Social Justice, Equality, Minority Issues, Criminal Justice Reform, Education and Advocacy for the marginalized communities. She is actively involved with many organizations that share her vision. Maria is a Board of Trustee of Roseville Community Charter School in Newark , and also serves as the Vice President of Membership for the Latino Action Network (LAN) Ms. Andrade firmly believes that while influence and environmental factors can impact one’s development, individuals are ultimately the masters of their own destinies and she refuses to be limited by circumstances that are out of her control. She is personally invested in assuring that all her students are given and education with the highest of quality that nurtures scholarly development with 21st century skills. Ms. Andrade is the happy and loving mother of two beautiful children Michael and Dahlya