Morristown, N.J. (December 9, 2016) – Jamayrah Moore, communication and mathematics, '17, is a community activist.
"In 2013," she said, "my neighborhood had 37 homicides ... 75% of the people who were getting killed were teenagers. They were getting shot at parties, shot walking down the street, shot because they were hanging out with the wrong person or someone went into their house and just shot them."
These incidents gave her the resolve to start My Life Movement LLC (MLM) later that year.
"I was just really upset with what was going on and with the way we were going. Originally, my church was trying to start something up, but nothing was happening. It just fell through the cracks."
After receiving a $2,500 grant from ANNpower Vital Voices to start a project, she set off to take matters into her own hands.
"MLM is a youth advocacy group, so we are here to be the voice of community members who are younger and not equipped with the resources they need to voice their problems."
As the co-founder and program coordinator, Jamayrah works with Program Director Ashleie Gordy and Twitter Advocate Quaeenqua Woods. MLM operates as a non-profit, consisting of youth advocates and volunteers who assist with activities and events.
One of the events that MLM will be doing is Coating the Community. On December 16, MLM will be going to PJ Hill, an elementary school in Trenton, where they will host a Christmas party and give third graders coats. They partnered with "Fan Favorite" to help with this event.
"'Fan Favorite' is geared towards basketball and promoting a lifestyle of ambition and determination," said Jamayrah. "They are going to help us get coats and donations."
Another event was the Second Leadership Forum in April. At the event, Jamayrah explained the concept of "What if my feelings acted as my name?"
She said, "I had a very rough summer; I was allowing my feelings to take control of my life, and I was allowing myself to become how I felt."
During the conference, she asked everyone to write down what they were feeling on their nametag.
Jamayrah continued, "What if every time your feelings changed, that's what your name became. You would never get anything out of it. I wanted to show the attendees that they aren't their situation. They aren't their feelings. They are them and no one can change that and no one can affect that. Only you can change your feelings. And if your feelings were your name, you'd be in control."
Jamayrah chose CSE because it aligns with her love for volunteering and helping others.
"I came from a Catholic high school where we had to do service, but I also liked doing additional service. I wanted a similar environment, and service is big here."
Jamayrah added that many students on campus are supportive of MLM, and make donations for her coat or hygiene drives. There are many ways to help My Life Movement LLC.
Check for flyers on campus or social media: Instagram: @mylifemovement321; Twitter: @Mylifemovement3; and http://www.mylifemovement321.com/.
In the future, Jamayrah wants to be a Senator. To achieve that, she has plans to work her way up.
"I want to start really local, be a councilwoman for my ward in Trenton. If I can help my hometown, and my city happens to be the capital of New Jersey, I can help the heart. Then, I can change the body."