The Streetlight‘s Editorial Team

The Streetlight’s Neyssa Deriphonse, Tori Duym, Rebecca Heath, Brie Wells and Jahsaun Blackshear.
Rebecca Heath

Rebecca Heath– Editor-in-Chief (Since fall 2022)

Rebecca Heath is a junior at The College of New Jersey majoring in psychology and communication studies with a minor in professional writing. She is from Eatontown, NJ. As a Bonner Community Scholar and editor-in-chief of The Streetlight Newspaper, Rebecca is passionate about amplifying the voices of individuals in the Mercer County Community who have experienced homelessness. Through her articles and social media posts, she hopes to raise awareness and break down stigmas surrounding homelessness and food insecurity. Rebecca is proud of her team’s efforts and hopes to expand The Streetlight’s reach and impact this year. Outside of The Streetlight, Rebecca serves as the social media intern for TCNJ’s Bonner program as well as the news editor for the College’s official, student-run newspaper, The Signal. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, traveling and watching movies. 

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Tori Duym

Tori Duym – Social Media Editor

Tori Duym is a Sophomore Bonner Scholar at TCNJ. She is from Tuckerton, New Jersey and she studies Secondary Education and English. She serves as the Social Media Editor and Writer for The Streetlight. She is passionate about raising awareness about resources available to those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity in order to improve the quality of life of countless individuals in Mercer County. Community building and involvement are very important to her and she is very excited to build more connections this year. In her spare time, she dances with Synergy Dance Company, works as a TCNJ ambassador, and spends time with her friends and family. She is looking forward to an impactful year!

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Alexus Twyman

Alexus Twuyman –  Editor

Alexus Twyman is a first-year Bonner Community Scholar at The College of New Jersey studying Communication Studies. She is from Blairstown, New Jersey and works as a writer and editor for The Streetlight Newspaper. Alexus is passionate about allowing others to share their unique stories and is looking forward to gaining more experience and knowledge working for The Streetlight Newspaper. She is most excited this semester to connect with community members and share their experiences with a larger audience. In her spare time, Alexus often likes to make bracelets and crochet.

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Samielle Taylor

Samielle Taylor – Editor

Samielle is a senior Bonner Community Scholar at The College of New Jersey where she is pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. A proud native Trentonian, Samielle is a content contributor to the streetlight newspaper and its social media page. She enjoys serving and partnering with the underserved in her community to generate impactful stories and documenting the amazing work done by and for the community. This semester, Samielle is most excited about creating video content for both the social media platforms and an educational service-learning program for teens serving at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen called the Youth Advocacy Program. In her free time, Samielle enjoys taking nature walks with her 5 year old and her dog Otto, roller skating and experiencing new restaurants with friends.

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Jahsaun Blackshear – Editor

Jahsaun Blackhear is a sophomore Bonner Community Scholar at The College of New Jersey, and is a sociology major. He is from Trenton, New Jersey. Jahsaun is a writer and editor for The Streetlight Newspaper. He writes on local events in the area that involve homelessness and food insecurity. He also volunteers with many community organizations like TASK, Urban Promise, and Anchor House. Jahsaun hopes to become an advocate for his community and for those who struggle and go unheard here in the Mercer County area. In his free time he likes to read, shop, play video games, and hang with friends. When asked about The Streetlight, Jahsaun mentions his passion for writing

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Editorial Review Board

Note: In addition to The Streetlight‘s staff members, the Editorial Review Board is made up of the community leaders and representatives from The College of New Jersey. For the Winter 2019-20 issue, the Editorial Review Board included:

  • Nina Ringer, Director of Writing, TCNJ
  • Karen Deaver, TCNJ Writing Studio Coordinator
  • Althia Muse, TCNJ Bonner – Interim Director
  • Janet Mazur, TCNJ Instructor
  • Raj Manimaran, TCNJ Bonner – CEL Coordinator
  • Frank Cirillo, Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Jaime Parker, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen
  • Claire Walton, Anchor House

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Shining a light on homelessness in and around Trenton, New Jersey.