Who We Are

We are high school students seeking to make a difference in this pandemic. We want to make the lives of all parents, especially those who have been affected in some way by COVID-19, easier by offering unique programs for your children, tailored to their needs and interests. Our programs are completely free, and our volunteers are incredibly flexible, so please don't hesitate to sign up!

Meet the Team!

Jameson Cohen

Hi! My name is Jameson Cohen, and I am in the 12th Grade at Trinity School. I am passionate about a lot of things—sports, music, cooking, and serving my community, to name a few. My favorite subjects in school are history, Latin, and computer science. I believe so strongly in the work we are doing at Circle of Friends because I think that, by providing a virtual space for children, especially those whose parents are on the frontlines or have been hit hard by the virus, to do what they love, we can, at the very least, make their day a little better.

Lily Kaplan

My name is Lily Kaplan and I’m in the 12th grade at the Spence School in NYC. I got involved with Circle of Friends because I love spending time with kids and think it is incredibly important to give young people a creative and emotional outlet though, art projects, playing games or just chatting, during this incredibly uncertain and isolating time. Some of my favorite activities include creative writing, acting and playing the cello.

Rohan Mehta

Hi! I’m Rohan, a 17 year old senior at the Trinity School. Aside from my work in Circle of Friends, I am an avid debater and am a member of my school’s student government. I am also interested in technology and computer science. During qua-rantine I’ve been doing lots of cooking, baking, and reading.

Drew Morris

I attend high school at Trinity School in New York City. I am a multisport athlete (basketball and lacrosse) and I enjoy talking about all sports. I am passionate about the environment and protecting it and enjoy taking hikes or spending time outdoors and in nature.

Federico Bitar

Hi I’m Federico Bitar. I am 17, and I am a junior at Trinity School in New York City. I love photography, play-ing video games, reading, and sports and I have been doing all of that and a lot of biking during quarantine. I am very excited to work with Circle of friends because I think it’s a great way to give back to the community and help others.

Yves Casimir

My name is Yves and I’m in the 12th Grade at Trinity. I really like to play basketball and sports in general. During quarantine I have been playing a lot of chess to keep me busy. My favorite subjects in school are math and Latin.

Kate Davis

My name is Kate and I’m a senior at Spence. At school, I’m co-captain of the Debate team and an active participant in the Civics, Model Congress and Caring for Kids Cancer Clubs. I love working with younger children and have three years of experience tutoring lower and middle schoolers in math. During my time in quarantine, I’ve spent time reading, painting and playing with my little sisters who are 3 and 5. Through Circle of Friends, I hope to connect with kids and their families, helping them in anyway I can during these times.

Jordyn Sandler

Hi! My name is Jordyn Sandler; I’m a senior at the Hewitt School! I love dancing, arts and crafts, watching tv, learning, and helping others! I am a part of many mentor programs that allow me to work closely with kids, form special relationships with them, and be a positive asset to their growth. Every Monday I volunteer and work one-on-one with physically or medically disabled children so they could engage with and enjoy the art of dance. I am always looking for new ways to meet people and work with kids!

The volunteers below are high school students who have previously attended a MicroSociety-affiliated elementary school. They will be given priority in working with the many MicroSociety families participating in our programs!

Tavis Lie

Hello! My name is Tavis Lie. I am a freshman at Juanita High School in the greater Seattle, Washington area. I play on a soccer team in the position of left-wing and I am an avid skier. I am in the National Honor Society at my school. I have served as a tutor in my middle school, so I feel well-equipped to help younger students with the core subjects, including any technology related or STEM classes and look forward to making a difference within Circle of Friends. Finally, I am also a MicroSociety alumnus and held positions in the government as a senator, as well as marketing manager and cashier for my classroom business.

Bree Salamanca

Hello! My name is Brianne (Bree) Salamanca, and I am 15 years old, a high-school sophomore in Florida. I have done a lot of volunteer work in a soup kitchen, elementary school, and church. I was also in Micro-Society in elementary school, and I am now in a film elective as a high-schooler. I am fairly good in aca-demics, but mainly English.

Kate Salamanca

My name is Kaitlyn Salamanca, but everyone calls me Kate. I am currently 15 and a sophomore at Nature Coast Technical High School. I have done a lot of volunteering at my church, Choca-chatti Elementary, and soup kit-chens. I am good in most sub-jects, especially history and math. I am also in the Culinary Cluster at my high school.

Gina Doherty

Hi! My name is Gina Doherty, and I am a sophomore at Nature Coast Tech in Florida. A little bit about me, I love sports, I play tennis and swim for my school. I am also the photo-grapher for my school's yearbook, and I am in student government. I am very passionate about helping kids grow to our ever-changing en-vironment, which is why I decided to get involved with Circle of Friends. I am a MicroSociety alumni and I look to share my experiences for current Micro-Society students!

Chloe David

Hi, my name is Chloe David. I am a sophomore at Nature Coast Tech-nical High School. When I attended Chocachatti Elementary School, I was in MicroSociety. Specifically, I was in the judge micro and sassy salon. My strong suits are being a leader, and I’m very good with numbers (math).

Christina Holmlund

Hello, my name is Christina Holmlund and I am 17 years old. I am a senior at Nature Coast Technical High School. I am curr-ently enrolled as a full time college student at Pasco-Hernando State College in the dual enrollment program. In addition, I am in three different clubs. One is at my High School. It is the Thespian Honor Society. I am also in Phi Theta Kappa at PHSC and the Leaders Club at the YMCA.. My future goal is to attend a university and major in both Education and Political Sci-ence. I am a MicroSociety alumnus.

Clare Breden

Hi, my name is Clare Breden and I'm 16 years old. I'm a junior at Nature Coast Technical High School and I'm enrolled in Pasco Hernando State College. At my school, I'm a member of National Honor Society. I volunteered at Chocachatti Elem-entary last year helping the students in the newspaper venture write "CES Today". I enjoy listening to music and hanging out with friends. My future goal is to go to the University of Connecticut and major in mathematics.

These are only a small group of our 60+ volunteers. Please reach out if you are searching for a volunteer with a particular set of interests, and we will do our best to meet your criteria!