Chaniqua Buck of South Amboy works with youth and families dealing with severe emotional, behavioral and physical challenges. As a Wraparound Program Coach at MonmouthCares, Eatontown, she helps find community resources for families that need assistance overcoming extreme adversity.
“Chaniqua has overcome many challenges in her young life,” said her nominator, Andrea Plaza. “She has turned those lessons into a strong conviction that will help all women to reach their goals in life.”
Buck graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Soon after, she joined the Youth Development team at the YMCA and worked with at-risk teens. She also created a Model UN program for at-risk youth at Collier High School, where students were challenged to excel at a conference that included more than 2,000 peers.
Buck also mentors children informally. She is a volunteer support group facilitator at Konscious Youth Development and Services. She is also currently working toward her master’s degree in social work at Rutgers.