Gilman Choudhury of Paterson was troubled by the violence and lack of academic options faced by many students in his community. He began volunteering to mentor students at his alma mater John F. Kennedy High School during his college years and continued through his service in the US Army Reserve. 

On weekday afternoons, you can find him at the school’s College Ready program, mentoring the robotics team, and preparing students for SATs and the college application process. Each year, his students are accepted at top colleges – often as the first member of their families to pursue higher education.  His dedication is helping Paterson’s youth reach new heights of success. 

Nominate an Unsung New Jersey Hero like Gilman Choudhury for the 2020 Russ Berrie Making A Difference Award. Up to 10 people will be selected for awards ranging from $7,500 up to $50,000.  Learn more and nominate online at  https://www.ramapo.edu/berrie-awards/. Deadline is February 21.