Nastasia Lawton-Sticklor, Nastasia is a research faculty member at Clark University. Her research interests include exploring ways that youth produce knowledge and narratives that challenge dominant educational norms. Her work supporting JOYS is an exploration of how youth voices can be included and valued in academic spaces, as well as how we can learn from their work.
Dimas Blanco, Dimas is a graduate of Worcester's Claremont Academy and is currently an undergraduate at Quinsigamond Community College studying interactive media and digital design. He served on the JOYS design team starting in 2015, conducting research with students and teachers, engaging in community outreach and designing JOYS materials. For Dimas, creating JOYS has been an expression of his belief that youth should have a place to express themselves and work together
Ruth Weche, Ruthy is a graduate student of Brockton High School and is currently an undergraduate at Clark University studying Biochemistry on a pre-med track. She joined the editorial board in the fall of 2016 serving as the managing editor of JOYS, working with authors, and providing outreach for the journal. For Ruthy, being a part of JOYS is an exciting and rewarding opportunity to help provide youth with the space they need to be heard.
Peer Review Coordinator
Maiyah Fontanez, Maiyah is a high school Senior at Claremont Academy in Worcester. Maiyah joined the JOYS editorial board in Spring 2017 and coordinates peer reviewing for all submitted manuscripts. Maiyah will pursue a double major in Business Management & Fashion Merchandising at Framingham State University. For Maiyah, fostering new authors with JOYS is an enriching experience she hopes to continue throughout college.