Five young women have been assigned to help MHACY residents navigate new computer tablets they received thanks to the ConnectHomeUSA Initiative through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These tutors will help in a variety of ways from assisting children with academic assignments and afterschool activities to helping seniors learn new technologies.  Tutors will also help residents learn how to use apps and software that will help prepare them for work experiences and set up tele-med appointments with physicians.

“We are excited that these talented young women will be helping our residents bridge the digital divide,” said Wilson Kimball, MHACY President and CEO. “Now, not only will our young people and our seniors have the tablets to get online, but assistance in learning the techniques they need to use these new tablets in a variety of ways.”

Meet Our New Tutors:

Brianya Thompson

Curran Court, Martinelli Manor and Hall Homes

Brianya is currently a senior attending John Jay College for Criminal Justice, she is majoring in Human Service and Community Justice while also double minoring in History and Psychology. Upon graduation, Brianya plans to attend graduate school in the winter of 2022 and pursue a master’s degree  in social work.

Jacqueline Estrada Morales

Loehr Court, Flynn Manor, Kris Kristensen, and Troy Manor

Jacqueline graduated from Hostos Community College with an associate degree and is currently a student at John Jay College pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice, with minors in English and Latino studies.  She served as student government treasurer and is bilingual and bicultural in English and Spanish.

Johana Manzueta

Cottage Place Gardens and Calcagno

Johana graduated from Hostos Community College with a degree in forensic accounting in December 2017.  She is a currently a senior at John Jay College on track to obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics while pursuing a minor in Public Administration. She has worked for JP Morgan and Best Buy as a manager.

Julie Chau

Walsh Road and Seven Townhomes

Currently a senior at John Jay College pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Human Service and Community Justice, Julie is planning to pursue her master’s degree in social work. She obtained her associates of applied science degree in Paralegal studies from Bronx Community College in 2016 and has volunteered assisting clients with housing, family, immigration, government benefits and providing free legal information.

Tajay Hubbard

Palisade Towers

Tajay attends Mercy College where she is working on a bachelor of science degree in Health Science with the goal of continuing to work with children in a pediatric setting. At Mercy, Tajay was vice president of SPECTRUM which is a diversity group. She tutored elementary school students throughout high school and continues to do so in college.