WHO WE ARE
Helping resettled kids acclimate to the American culture through
creative arts.
MISSION
Kids & Paper strives to achieve excellence as a youth service organization by instilling a sense of hope; valuing every member &  letting them know they belong, they matter, & they can make a difference.
VISION
OUR OBJECTIVE
• Provide a program that balances emotional, recreational, & social activities.
• Affect the well-being & development of resettled youth by providing an emotionally & physically safe environment.
• Impact emotional development & achievement of resettled kids by offering youth monitored practice time while addressing youth’s skills development.
• Connect youth to one another, to caring adults, to their neighborhood & to the whole community by providing opportunities for leadership input into program design &implementation, decision-making & service learning.
• Involve youth, staff, families, community, & other stakeholders in a cycle of continuous improvement with a 360 degrees feedback to ensure we are meeting the needs of resettled kids.
• Reach out to the maximum number of resettled kids to inspire them & build a brighter future.
OUR MEMBERS
A Santa Monica, CA native, Karina Dixon earned a B.S. degree in Family and Consumer Science with a minor in Marketing from California State University, Northridge.  A veteran of the fashion and hospitality industries, she has successfully led operations, business development and revenue growth for a variety of organizations and Fortune 500 companies.
Vice President
Karina Dixon
Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Azadeh earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Organizational Behavior from Arizona State University (ASU), as well as an A.A. in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM). Azadeh has always been an enthusiastic, success driven women whose entrepreneurial instinct and clarity of vision has carried multiple organizations such as youth organizations in Los Angeles, real estate developers in Dubai as well as fashion houses in Beirut, through rapid and continuous growth.
Today, Azadeh serves as a children’s advocate dedicating her time to the empowerment of youth through the Kids and Paper organization.
President/Founder
Azadeh Eslamy
Sarah Dershowitz has lived in Seattle for the past 13 years with her husband, Ben. They both studied at University of Washington, Seattle, where Sarah double majored in Math and Statistics. For the past ten years, she has been working in Analytics and Data Science, currently managing Business Intelligence for a local startup called 'Stackline'. When she is not volunteering in her community, or working, she enjoys spending time with her family. They particularly enjoy hiking the dreamy Pacific Northwest, tending to their growing urban farm, getting adventurous in the kitchen, and dancing to their favorite tunes.  Sarah is very honored to be a part of Kids and Paper and to help resettled kids acclimate to the United States through creative mediums and new friends.
Treasurer
Sarah Dershowitz
A certified personal trainer and blue belt in Brazilian jujitsu under the Carlson Gracie Academy, Kamal Boarman has dedicated the last 17 years of his life helping humanity through the discipline of martial arts, coaching, fitness, as well as youth activities. He is currently with the State of Washington as an Attending Counselor working with developmentally disabled adults that are habilitating through the state system. He looks forward to bringing all his knowledge and expertise to the resettled kids of Kids and Paper.
Director of Physical Activity
Kamal Boarman
Katie graduated from University of Washington with her Masters in Social Work in 2007. She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2010.  She also does co parent coaching alongside parenting plan mediation within the collaborative law community. She has taught as an adjunct professor at University of Washington and worked in hospitals in Seattle providing social work and psychiatric evaluation services. Katie has a deeply rooted interest and commitment to community and social justice. Prior to private practice, she worked in many inpatient and outpatient settings working with various underserved populations across a very diverse platform.
Katie Morse
Director of
Community Fundraising
Board Member
Afeef Nessouli
Afeef Nessouli is a news producer for “The Journal” the flagship news podcast for the Wall Street Journal and Spotify. Before that, he worked at CNN, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and won the Google Podcasts creators program. He is also the Executive Producer of an Arabic/English show about the social revolution in Beirut called “Her Stage” or “Masrahiya”. He is a Lebanese-American - the son of immigrants who fled the Lebanese Civil War in 1982.

Board Member
Jenna Serghini
Jenna has been committed to making Seattle a welcoming community for immigrants and refugees since she moved here with her husband (who immigrated) in 2006.  Jenna graduated with a Master of Public Administration and Masters of Arts in International Studies from UW in 2009.  She has worked in city funded programs that offer citizenship and DACA assistance, small nonprofits that offer ESL services, and larger institutions that offer state funding to immigrants and refugees pursuing education as a means to improve their employment opportunities.  Jenna has two children who also greatly rely on art and music as they navigate stressful times.  
Board Member
Aneta Kurcharczyk-Swamy
A native of Poland, Aneta completed a Master of Arts degree from the University of Opole before moving to the United States to continue her education. She earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing from the Harry S. Truman College, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Rush University College of Nursing, in Chicago. Aneta worked in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit while earning her advanced nursing degree. Additionally, she is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is currently working for Public Health Seattle & King County as a School Based Health Center Nurse Practitioner and also is supporting  COVID-19 response work via work at  COVID-19 vaccination clinics and as a Disease Research and Intervention Specialist (DRIS).
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OUR MEMBERS
President/Founder
Azadeh Eslamy
Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Azadeh earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Organizational Behavior from Arizona State University (ASU), as well as an A.A. in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM). Azadeh has always been an enthusiastic, success driven women whose entrepreneurial instinct and clarity of vision has carried multiple organizations such as youth organizations in Los Angeles, real estate developers in Dubai as well as fashion houses in Beirut, through rapid and continuous growth.
Today, Azadeh serves as a children’s advocate dedicating her time to the empowerment of youth through the Kids and Paper organization.
Vice President
Karina Dixon
A Santa Monica, CA native, Karina Dixon earned a B.S. degree in Family and Consumer Science with a minor in Marketing from California State University, Northridge.  A veteran of the fashion and hospitality industries, she has successfully led operations, business development and revenue growth for a variety of organizations and Fortune 500 companies.
Treasurer
Sarah Dershowitz
Sarah Dershowitz has lived in Seattle for the past 13 years with her husband, Ben. They both studied at University of Washington, Seattle, where Sarah double majored in Math and Statistics. For the past ten years, she has been working in Analytics and Data Science, currently managing Business Intelligence for a local startup called 'Stackline'. When she is not volunteering in her community, or working, she enjoys spending time with her family. They particularly enjoy hiking the dreamy Pacific Northwest, tending to their growing urban farm, getting adventurous in the kitchen, and dancing to their favorite tunes.  Sarah is very honored to be a part of Kids and Paper and to help resettled kids acclimate to the United States through creative mediums and new friends.
Director of Physical Activity
Kamal Boarman
A certified personal trainer and blue belt in Brazilian jujitsu under the Carlson Gracie Academy, Kamal Boarman has dedicated the last 17 years of his life helping humanity through the discipline of martial arts, coaching, fitness, as well as youth activities. He is currently with the State of Washington as an Attending Counselor working with developmentally disabled adults that are habilitating through the state system. He looks forward to bringing all his knowledge and expertise to the resettled kids of Kids and Paper.
Director of
Community Fundraising
Katie Morse
Katie graduated from University of Washington with her Masters in Social Work in 2007. She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2010.  She also does co parent coaching alongside parenting plan mediation within the collaborative law community. She has taught as an adjunct professor at University of Washington and worked in hospitals in Seattle providing social work and psychiatric evaluation services. Katie has a deeply rooted interest and commitment to community and social justice. Prior to private practice, she worked in many inpatient and outpatient settings working with various underserved populations across a very diverse platform.
Board Member
Afeef Nessouli
Afeef Nessouli is a news producer for “The Journal” the flagship news podcast for the Wall Street Journal and Spotify. Before that, he worked at CNN, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and won the Google Podcasts creators program. He is also the Executive Producer of an Arabic/English show about the social revolution in Beirut called “Her Stage” or “Masrahiya”. He is a Lebanese-American - the son of immigrants who fled the Lebanese Civil War in 1982.

Board Member
Aneta
Kurcharczyk-Swamy
A native of Poland, Aneta completed a Master of Arts degree from the University of Opole before moving to the United States to continue her education. She earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing from the Harry S. Truman College, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Rush University College of Nursing, in Chicago. Aneta worked in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit while earning her advanced nursing degree. Additionally, she is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is currently working for Public Health Seattle & King County as a School Based Health Center Nurse Practitioner and also is supporting  COVID-19 response work via work at  COVID-19 vaccination clinics and as a Disease Research and Intervention Specialist (DRIS).
Board Member
Jenna Serghini
Jenna has been committed to making Seattle a welcoming community for immigrants and refugees since she moved here with her husband (who immigrated) in 2006.  Jenna graduated with a Master of Public Administration and Masters of Arts in International Studies from UW in 2009.  She has worked in city funded programs that offer citizenship and DACA assistance, small nonprofits that offer ESL services, and larger institutions that offer state funding to immigrants and refugees pursuing education as a means to improve their employment opportunities.  Jenna has two children who also greatly rely on art and music as they navigate stressful times.  
WHO WE ARE
Helping resettled kids acclimate to the American culture through
creative arts.
MISSION
Kids & Paper strives to achieve excellence as a youth service organization by instilling a sense of hope; valuing every member &  letting them know they belong, they matter, & they can make a difference.
VISION
• Provide a program that balances emotional, recreational, & social activities.
• Affect the well-being & development of resettled youth by providing an emotionally & physically safe environment.
• Impact emotional development & achievement of resettled kids by offering youth monitored practice time while addressing youth’s skills development.
• Connect youth to one another, to caring adults, to their neighborhood & to the whole community by providing opportunities for leadership input into program design &implementation, decision-making & service learning.
• Involve youth, staff, families, community, & other stakeholders in a cycle of continuous improvement with a 360 degrees feedback to ensure we are meeting the needs of resettled kids.
• Reach out to the maximum number of resettled kids to inspire them & build a brighter future.
OBJECTIVE
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OUR OBJECTIVE

• Provide a program that balances emotional, recreational, & social activities.
• Affect the well-being & development of resettled youth by providing an emotionally & physically safe environment.
• Impact emotional development & achievement of resettled kids by offering youth monitored practice time while addressing youth’s skills development.
• Connect youth to one another, to caring adults, to their neighborhood & to the whole community by providing opportunities for leadership input into program design &implementation, decision-making & service learning.
• Involve youth, staff, families, community, & other stakeholders in a cycle of continuous improvement with a 360 degrees feedback to ensure we are meeting the needs of resettled kids.
• Reach out to the maximum number of resettled kids to inspire them & build a brighter future.

Kids & Paper strives to achieve excellence as a youth service organization by instilling a sense of hope; valuing every member &  letting them know they belong, they matter, & they can make a difference.

VISION

Helping resettled kids acclimate to the American culture through
creative arts.

MISSION
WHO WE ARE

Jenna has been committed to making Seattle a welcoming community for immigrants and refugees since she moved here with her husband (who immigrated) in 2006.  Jenna graduated with a Master of Public Administration and Masters of Arts in International Studies from UW in 2009.  She has worked in city funded programs that offer citizenship and DACA assistance, small nonprofits that offer ESL services, and larger institutions that offer state funding to immigrants and refugees pursuing education as a means to improve their employment opportunities.  Jenna has two children who also greatly rely on art and music as they navigate stressful times.  

Board Member
Jenna Serghini

A native of Poland, Aneta completed a Master of Arts degree from the University of Opole before moving to the United States to continue her education. She earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Nursing from the Harry S. Truman College, and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Rush University College of Nursing, in Chicago. Aneta worked in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit while earning her advanced nursing degree. Additionally, she is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is currently working for Public Health Seattle & King County as a School Based Health Center Nurse Practitioner and also is supporting  COVID-19 response work via work at  COVID-19 vaccination clinics and as a Disease Research and Intervention Specialist (DRIS).

Board Member
Aneta
Kurcharczyk-Swamy

Afeef Nessouli is a news producer for “The Journal” the flagship news podcast for the Wall Street Journal and Spotify. Before that, he worked at CNN, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and won the Google Podcasts creators program. He is also the Executive Producer of an Arabic/English show about the social revolution in Beirut called “Her Stage” or “Masrahiya”. He is a Lebanese-American - the son of immigrants who fled the Lebanese Civil War in 1982.

Board Member
Afeef Nessouli

Katie graduated from University of Washington with her Masters in Social Work in 2007. She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist since 2010.  She also does co parent coaching alongside parenting plan mediation within the collaborative law community. She has taught as an adjunct professor at University of Washington and worked in hospitals in Seattle providing social work and psychiatric evaluation services. Katie has a deeply rooted interest and commitment to community and social justice. Prior to private practice, she worked in many inpatient and outpatient settings working with various underserved populations across a very diverse platform.

Director of
Community Fundraising
Katie Morse

A certified personal trainer and blue belt in Brazilian jujitsu under the Carlson Gracie Academy, Kamal Boarman has dedicated the last 17 years of his life helping humanity through the discipline of martial arts, coaching, fitness, as well as youth activities. He is currently with the State of Washington as an Attending Counselor working with developmentally disabled adults that are habilitating through the state system. He looks forward to bringing all his knowledge and expertise to the resettled kids of Kids and Paper.

Director of Physical Activity
Kamal Boarman

Sarah Dershowitz has lived in Seattle for the past 13 years with her husband, Ben. They both studied at University of Washington, Seattle, where Sarah double majored in Math and Statistics. For the past ten years, she has been working in Analytics and Data Science, currently managing Business Intelligence for a local startup called 'Stackline'. When she is not volunteering in her community, or working, she enjoys spending time with her family. They particularly enjoy hiking the dreamy Pacific Northwest, tending to their growing urban farm, getting adventurous in the kitchen, and dancing to their favorite tunes.  Sarah is very honored to be a part of Kids and Paper and to help resettled kids acclimate to the United States through creative mediums and new friends.

Treasurer
Sarah Dershowitz

A Santa Monica, CA native, Karina Dixon earned a B.S. degree in Family and Consumer Science with a minor in Marketing from California State University, Northridge.  A veteran of the fashion and hospitality industries, she has successfully led operations, business development and revenue growth for a variety of organizations and Fortune 500 companies.

Vice President
Karina Dixon

Born and raised in Santa Monica, California, Azadeh earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Organizational Behavior from Arizona State University (ASU), as well as an A.A. in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM). Azadeh has always been an enthusiastic, success driven women whose entrepreneurial instinct and clarity of vision has carried multiple organizations such as youth organizations in Los Angeles, real estate developers in Dubai as well as fashion houses in Beirut, through rapid and continuous growth.
Today, Azadeh serves as a children’s advocate dedicating her time to the empowerment of youth through the Kids and Paper organization.

President/Founder
Azadeh Eslamy
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