Amanda graduated in May 2011 from New York University with a B.S. in Social Work and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. During this time, she was a teaching assistant for NYU Stern/Wagner courses in Social Entrepreneurship. Amanda is the founder of Powerhouse NYC, a non-profit organization that helps moms achieve economic empowerment. This mission is sustained by its fundraising arm, Project Playdate, a social enterprise that specializes in drop off events for kids. As the Executive Director of Project Playdate, Amanda has successfully planned over 200 children’s events and used these funds to help moms in need. In recognition of her work, Amanda was the grand prize winner of the Youth Venture “Be a Change maker” challenge in 2008, a finalist in the Harvard Business for Good Competition, a semi-finalist in the NYU Stern Social Venture Competition and recipient of the Dean’s Award for Social Innovation in both 2010 and 2011.
Gina currently serves as co-director of Powerhouse NYC. She graduated from New York University with B.S. in Social Work with a minor in Public Policy & Management. She has worked with youth in the social service realm with organizations such as KEEN and University Settlement’s STRIDE program. Gina has been a childcare provider for 8 years and is currently working as a private nanny. She joined the Project Playdate/Powerhouse team because she believes in the mission of assisting young mothers in moving towards financial and emotional self-sustainability. However, she also believes that an organization is stronger if it practices what it preaches, which is why she is committed to making Powerhouse self-sustainable through Project Playdate.
Gabby is currently an undergraduate student at New York University, and will graduate in 2016 with a B.S. in Applied Psychology. She joined the Powerhouse team with the hopes of creating sustainable programs that would inspire mothers to pursue higher education and financial sustainability. She is currently working as Powerhouse’s Program Director, developing a yearlong curriculum of Mom Dates. She also works as a research assistant at NYU, with interests in early education, language development, and socio-emotional regulation.