Shaniqua West is a frontline staff member/ mentor for United Playaz of New York and the Project Manager for the Girl’s Participatory Action Research Project. She has a passion for working with young people and inspiring them to reach their full potential. Her positive energy and charismatic approach to mentoring is effective and exemplarily. One of the most amazing qualities about Shaniqua is her communication skills and her eagerness to explore and understand everything. She has taken advantage of every opportunity that has come her way. A recent graduate of Hostos Community College, with her associates in liberal arts, she has overcome extreme obstacles and has never put her head down or stopped believing in herself. She plans to continue her education in the criminal justice field. Shaniqua has made it her life’s work and purpose to fight for, uplift, and create positive spaces for black girls everywhere.