Nnemoma joins JED with seven years of experience working directly with middle school and high school youth. Prior to JED, she was the Senior Academic Director at StreetSquash, a college readiness program in Harlem, where she was responsible for developing the academic curriculum and nurturing the relationships between schools, teachers, and students. She also served as the director of diversity, equity and inclusion. Nnemoma is a Licensed Social Worker and received her BS from Howard University in Washington, DC and her MSW from Columbia University in New York City.
The World Health Organization defines “mental health” “as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” In using this definition, S2i recognizes that some mental health challenges reflect brain diseases that, like physical diseases, require appropriate stigma-free and patient-centered care and include both mental health and substance use disorders. Other mental health challenges stem from social conditions and marginalization and require different forms of interventions.