MEET THE ACCESS TEAM
Dr. S. Kwame Dance
ACCESS Program Founder
Kwame is a 5th year clinical psychology doctoral candidate (Psy.D) at William James College, where his concentration is Children & Families of Adversity and Resilience with emphasis in African & Caribbean Mental Health. He is currently in his final year of predoctoral training at the American Psychological Association accredited Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology. He graduated from Trinity College (CT) with his bachelor’s degree in psychology and holds master’s degrees in professional psychology and business administration. Kwame is also an outpatient behavioral health clinician at Whittier Street Health Center. Kwame is a proud member of the Black Mental Health Graduate Academy at William James College, the Association of Black Psychologists, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
ACCESS Program Director
Capryce Browne is senior at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst where she will graduate with a degree in Psychology and Neuroscience in 2021. Capryce views her role as the ACCESS Program Manager as “an opportunity to share everything I learn in school with teens from my [Cambridge] community.” Her personal mission is to eliminate barriers for young people’s personal and academic growth and help spawn their interest in pursuing mental health- and service-related academic tracks. In doing so, she hopes to inspire the next generation of change agents and mental health advocates in the United States and abroad. Capryce is spearheading the development of a Spanish version of the ACCESS curriculum to more intentionally meet the cultural and linguistic needs of Latinx youth. In her free time, she enjoys braiding hair, creating poetry, and engaging in small- and large-scale service projects in her community. Capryce intends to pursue her doctorate degree in psychology.
Kinesthetic & Mind-Body Specialist and Mentor
Zarriah "Z" Jackson, is a senior at University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she majors in Kinesiology. She was born in Boston and was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts her entire life. She is the only girl of six children, which is a salient part of her life. She enjoys meditating, yoga, and exercising. She also loves taking photos and admiring the work of other photographers. Through her growing brand and platform, “Philosophy by Z”, Zarriah aspires to help Black people become much more physically and mentally healthy by encouraging healthy eating and teaching about the importance of physical activity. Follow Zarriah’s important work on Instagram @philosophy_by_z
Education Specialist and Mentor
Jonathan Terell Charles is a senior at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst majoring in Public health with an emphasis in Education Pedagogy. Originally from Waltham MA, his roots in public health began in high school while doing work with several Cambridge youth initiatives, such as: the Students Teaching and Advocating Respect to other Students (STARS) program, Youth Action Corps (YAC), and My City My Voice. His work with ACCESS merges his interest in public health philosophy with his interest in education, while working in a team environment. In addition to continuing his pursuit toward a career in education, Jonathan plans to venture into real estate when graduates from UMass.
Born and raised in Cambridge, MA, Amaniya graduated Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) in 2017 and is an undergraduate at University of Massachusetts - Boston where she majors in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing and minors in Psychology. In addition to ACCESS, she serves youth in her hometown through the City of Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs - Cambridge Youth Programs Division at the Moses Youth Center. After completing her undergraduate studies at UMB, Amaniya intends to continue her education in business administration. She intends to leverage her understanding of the human psyche and behavior—which she continues to hone through her education in psychology and human service professional training—to build a successful career in business marketing and personal branding.
Marketing and Outreach Specialist
Journey is a Senior at Simmons University majoring in Business Management and minoring in Public Health and Healthcare Management. Originally from Ohio, she bravely moved to the east coast to pursue her bachelor’s degree and to be closer to her grandmother and cousins in Boston and New York in 2016. When she is not studying, working with ACCESS or her various positions within the restaurant industry, she spends her time exploring Boston with her rescue dog, Roxy. Journey intends to pursue master’s degrees in public health and business administration.