Garri Rivkin is the Program Director of Academic Support Services for the Colin Powell School of Social Science at City College of New York. He earned an MA in Language and Literacy from City College where he is a curriculum developer and composition instructor for College Now. Garri was an Adjunct Lecturer for the City College English Department; an Adjunct Instructor of developmental writing for Hudson County Community College; an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Writing Studies Department at Hofstra University; and is currently a Composition Instructor and an ESL Instructor at a Middle States accredited proprietary college, where he teaches grammar, communications, writing, and literature to ESL and non-traditional students. Garri has also worked in the City College Career Center as an Assistant to the Associate Director of Career Counseling and Professional Development, where he ran professional development workshops and career-oriented panels; and at the Writing Center (for close to five years) where he was a writing consultant, a workshop instructor, and a curriculum development specialist, redesigning the tutor training program there. He has previously developed workshop curriculum for the non-profit Latino Youth Higher Education Program, for College Now, and for Middle Grades Initiative. He is pursuing his second masters in Urban Studies at Queens College.
Sarah Porder is a sports business graduate student at New York University (NYU). Her passion for education was spurred through The City Tutors’ mission to support at-risk students who come from underprivileged backgrounds. Her previous work as a Teaching Assistant at the City College of New York for two semesters and a Regents Reading and Writing Workshop Facilitator at Manhattan International High School provides her with the necessary tools to supply academic support to students who need it the most with The City Tutors. She brings the ability to help expand the organization, along with the skills of leadership and communication.
Paul Kang is an undergraduate student at The City College of New York majoring in English Literature and Education. He has previously worked with The Latino Youth for Higher Education Program (LYHEP), a non-profit designed to provide underprivileged immigrant high school students, particularly Latinos, with college readiness and academic support through guidance, workshops, and tutoring. Paul has transferred his experience working as the City College’s Chapter President and Liaison for LYHEP into his position as Director of Internal Communications at The City Tutors. During the 2012 Fall semester, Paul has worked as a Teaching Assistant for an introductory writing course at City College for the College Now program. From his experience tutoring at Mott Hall High School and having in-class experience with at-risk high school students, Paul has developed an interest in providing the kind of academic support that will be beneficial for students in the long run. His experience and interest has manifested into The City Tutors.
Jorge Yau drew the kitties, Nibble and Byte, on the right. Growing up, whether it was playing with Legos, creating cities in SimCity, or simply drawing, Jorge has always had a passion to create. Jorge likes kittens because of their incredibly curious, playful, and independent nature, which is exactly how he would describe himself. When Jorge started attending the City College of New York in 2010, his outlook on life changed. He felt that society as well as its education system were close-minded, strict, and conformative--completely opposite of himself. Not knowing what he should do or study, Jorge took an introductory programming class by whim. Astonishingly enough afterwards, Jorge felt that programming was incredibly empowering and creative. Now studying Computer Science, Jorge has since been driven to learn about CS fields including artificial intelligence, machine learning, artificial life, website development, software engineering, database systems, computer security, computer architecture, image processing, and much more.