NJIT Certificate in Creative Placemaking graduate, Tamara Contreras shares updates on the field practicum she began as part of the course. Tamara created this video detailing her field practicum planning and efforts conducted during and following NJIT's Certificate in Creative Placemaking course of study. Enjoy learning about "Forward Franklin";
Today, Tamara continues her work as community organizer for “Forward Franklin” where her team is planning a creative placemaking initiative for the Franklin Pond. Shortly after graduation, a new position was created for her as ‘Community Health Worker’ at the Newton Hospital for the Atlantic Health Systems. In Dec. 2021, Tamara was recruited by the Center for Prevention and Counseling to become their Wallkill Valley Coalition Coordinator. This new position gives Tamara the opportunity to create programs and provide training for 6-12 graders in 5 regional school systems as well as collaborate across numerous sectors to create and implement solutions addressing substance abuse.