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For nearly 30 years God has faithfully blessed the work of Buttafuoco & Associates to help rebuild the lives of accident, injury and medical malpractice victims.  Because of the Lord's provision, the firm has created YCL as an opportunity to help young Christians be ministers in the marketplace—whether in education, government, law, media, the public and private sectors, science or sports.

Last Month's Winners

Minasdine Rene

Minasdine Rene

Stamford, CT - Ansonia Gospel Assembly

School / Community Involvement
– Indoor/Outdoor Track and Field
– Ansonia’s Youth Association Violin Instructor
– Stamford Public Education Foundation Mentor
– Advancement Club
– BuildOn (Community Service Organization)


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– National Honor Society
– Tri-M Music National Honor Society
– Stamford Public Education Foundation
– Stamford High School Pride Award
– BuildOn Summer Service Corps

Career Goal: Physician Assistant
GPA: 3.8
College: St. John’s University

“Mina is involved in track, various clubs, and music and with all of this she still maintains a strong GPA. Coming from Haiti, after the earthquake moved Mina to make the most of her education and opportunities in America. She has grown tremendously in the time I have known her and I am excited to see what the future holds for Mina. Mina is full of energy and she brings that energy to everything she does, which makes her an active participant in the classroom, extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports. She truly is a “bright light” and has a great deal to offer.” Gina M. Figliuzzi, Stamford High Teacher
Surina Chock

Surina Chock

Lyndhurst, NJ - Most Holy Name Church

School / Community Involvement
– Dance Group Leader
– Band
– Altar Server
–Habitat for Humanity Volunteer
– Mini Med/ Pre-Med Honor Program


Awards / Special Honors / Distinctions
– Top 10% of class
– National Honor Society
– Youth Ministry Recognition



Career Goal: Doctor (Pediatrician)
GPA: 4.2
College: Fairleigh Dickinson University

“ Surina is a serious and conscientious student. I always noted that Surina had an intellectual curiosity that was not seen in many high-school students. Surina asked tremendous questions and was excellent at problem solving when answering higher-level critical thinking questions. Her rigorous schedule features a wide variety of AP and Honors courses. Her dedication in the classroom is equally matched with her desire to help others. Surina shows concern for others in the classroom and in the wider community. This important trait will help her accomplish her goal of studying medicine and being able to help others.” Ed Tessalone, History Teacher

World Changers Award

Ryan Faison, College & YA Pastor

Christ Church - Montclair, NJ

Rev. Ryan E. Faison, M.Div. serves as the College and Young Adults Pastor at Christ Church in Montclair and Rockaway, New Jersey. In this role, Pastor Ryan provides leadership and oversight to the growing community of young adults, college students and emerging leaders. Pastor Ryan serves as a youth/young adult conference speaker and lecturer, including the New Jersey State Department’s MLK Youth Leadership Conference as well as a host of other conferences and seminars. Read more »

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