SheShinesOn … Masiel Encarnación, RAW Art Works


Project Launch Program Director

3 Years with Raw Art Works

Grew up in Lynn, MA

Describes her best meal as a blue cheese bacon burger

Gave her mom a surprise massage for Mother’s Day to show her appreciation for her mom’s hard work.

Is an alumna of RAW

Q: Tell us a little more about your professional experience.

A: After two years of working directly with the youth of RAW’s college access and career exploration program I assumed the role of Project Launch Director in June 2014. Along with the Youth coordinator, we expanded our annual calendar of workshops offered to teens and their families, added more field trips to colleges and universities, and recruited more one-on-one volunteer mentors to accommodate our Launch teens. For example, our workshops included “The Inside Scoop on the College Admissions Process” (a panel and college fair), Information sessions on other alternatives like Job Corps and Year Up and provided more individualized support to our youth, mentors and families.

Q: What has been the hardest part about your job?

A: The hardest part about my job is that every young person’s life, situation, family circumstances and drive are different and as a team, we must learn to adapt to that with patience and without judgement.

Q: What has surprised you most since starting your work with your org?

A:  The true genuine dedication of the staff and mentors to the youth.

Q: What would the world be like without your organization?

A: If it wasn’t for RAW I would not be the woman I am today and other youth would not have the opportunity to build their strengths and express themselves freely. It would be a sad world.

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