Where Vision Loss Doesn’t Break Us, It Build Us
Eyes Like Mine Inc. is a non profit 501-C3 organization established in March of 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. It was founded by Krystle Allen, a Newark native, to empower, enlighten, and innovate communities in New Jersey about vision loss and the available resources for people with vision loss. At it’s inception, Elm Inc. was founded with the help of Naquela Wright and Ihsaan R. Muhammad Esq., along with the founder Krystle Allen to introduce a unique pattern of advocacy for individuals who are vision impaired or blind.
To share awareness about the abilities and potentials of individuals with vision loss through advocacy and community outreach, comprehensive empowerment workshops, and awareness events.
To inspire advocacy by breaking down the societal barriers placed against individuals who are previously or currently experiencing vision loss. Our ultimate goal is to create a more accessible society for individuals who are vision impaired and blind so that they can live, learn, and work in equal opportunities.
Saturday September 19, 2020
Mark your calendars! We are now accepting applications for The 2020 Miss Blind Diva Empowerment Pageant. The deadline for submission is July, 19, 2020. The mission of the Ms. Blind Diva Empowerment Pageant is to empower women with vision loss by providing tools to cultivate and encourage their daily life experiences. Will you be the next Miss Blind Diva?
Saturday October 17, 2020
“Dancing with the blind” is a performance arts program organized by members and supporters of Eyes Like Mine Inc. The program debuted in April of 2016. It is a 4-8 week program which involves fitness and dance training, creativity, and an inclusive accessibility platform through descriptive choreography and movement. “Dancing with the blind” is the Eyes Like Mine Inc. version of “Dancing With The Stars”. It offers a plateau for people with and without disabilities to express themselves without barriers.
Cut The Corona
Karaoke Hotline and Facebook Watch Party
Doors open at 2pm every Sunday, phone number 1-978-990-5223, Access code: 2561166.
At 4:00pm, follow us to Facebook and submit your requests to DJ Blind Wonder @EyesLikeMineInc Facebook page. Meet and greet and place your comments in the watch party stream for our virtual meet up. The first 20 people to enter the Facebook watch party will be entered into a drawing for a Walmart e-giftcard.
Every Saturday | 1:30PM-3:00PM
Calling all book lovers!
Connect with the members of Eyes Like Mine and meet new people at our free audio book listening sessions! The session will be moderated by an Eyes Like Mine, Inc. members and our listening platform will be the Audible app/Bard mobile app. All that is required is to call in at start time and exercise active listening and social dialogue while we are in session. There is no fee, but we request that you please pre-register for updates.
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Meet The Team
Founder & President
Newark New Jersey native Krystle Allen serves as the founder and president of Eyes Like Mine Inc. Krystle is a millennial entrepreneur and non-profiteer who is no stranger to work that involves community development, social change, and grassroots efforts. When she is not attending to Eyes Like Mine matters, she is employed with the New Jersey Commission For the Blind and Visually Impaired under the Department of Human Services in the role of the community outreach specialist. Krystle has served on the access committee of the Jersey City non-profit organization Art House Productions Inc for the past four years. Krystle’s introduction to the non-profit sector began when working with the Montclair YMCA for eight years in the extended care program.
Krystle is a graduate of Newark’s University High School and continued her education by majoring in social science at Essex County College Newark, NJ campus. Currently, she is actively pursuing her enrollment in the Leadership Newark class of 2020 to strengthen her leadership abilities further. Lastly, Krystle has completed a community training program through the Greater Newark L.I.S.C. Despite her vision loss, Krystle has a vision gained to impact one community at a time through her combined advocacy activities.
Co-Founder & Vice President
Naquela Wright-Prevoe was born on December 25, 1991. She lost her vision in the summer of 2010. Shortly after losing her vision, she took classes at The Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey from November 2010 to March 2011. Around the time that she took these classes, Naquela resolved that she had to keep moving forward despite her vision loss. Shortly thereafter, Naquela met Krystle Allen and developed a friendship. That friendship, between two women who decided that vision loss would not break them, was a huge part of the motivation to start a non profit geared towards people losing their vision. They decided that they wanted to help uplift and motivate people to be their best selves. Thus, Eyes Like Mine was born! Naquela Wright-Prevoe Is now happily married with 2 kids. She is the Vice President of Eyes Like Mine and is engrossed in her music career. She has a mixtape out and she works as a telecommunicator at the VA hospital in East Orange, New Jersey. She is so grateful and happy for the things that she has accomplished. She lives by the motto of “Know your limits but do not limit yourself”.
Brandon Scott is a resident of Eatontown New Jersey. As early as he can remember, he has always had a passion for social justice, community empowerment, and self advocacy. As a result, it was no surprise when he pursued social work in college, graduating from Georgian Court University with a bachelors in social work. Professionally, he has served at the Red Bank lunch break soup kitchen, the Jewish renaissance Medical Center, and the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Brandon has been volunteering with eyes like mine since 2014.
Edwin Xue graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. He currently volunteers as the Marketing Director for Eyes Like Mine. His motivation behind why he joined Eyes Like Mine can be summed up from this excerpt taken from his LinkedIn summary:
“In college, I interned as a Recovery Disaster Worker for the American Red Cross. I listened to hundreds of people as they told me about their struggles such as losing their homes after natural disasters. I listened, empathized, and looked for the best solutions to their problems. Every time I was able to assist someone, their words of gratitude would reinforce my belief that nothing is more rewarding than helping others.”
As the Marketing Director at Eyes Like Mine, Edwin has helped with promoting and executing several community-outreach events including the 2019 Miss Blind Diva Empowerment Experience. His other responsibilities include developing visual content, managing social media, and creating and sending out email campaigns. Edwin is proficient in several graphic design software, including: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Canva.
My name is Nhevys Pinto. I was born in Honduras in March 14, 1997. I am a current student at Hudson County Community College and my major is in social work￼￼. My favorite sport is soccer. Some of my ￼ hobbies are listening to music, walking, or doing any kind of exercise￼. I Love doing this because I feel more relaxed and less stressed.
Otis H. Kerr, LMT
At a young age, Otis H, Kerr started using massage as a means of helping his family and friends with their health and well-being. Otis received his formal training at the Academy of Massage Therapy in Hackensack, NJ. He graduated with his certification in Clinical Massage Therapy with Spa Concentration in October 2010. Otis has been distinguished as the academy’s first blind graduate.
Otis is employed by Elements Therapeutic Massage in New Providence, NJ as a lead massage therapist. He also runs his own massage therapy business under Kerr’s Massage & Bodywork in Warren, NJ.
In his spare time, Otis is a remarkable DJ. He has been spinning records since the age of 19. He is self-taught on various DJ platforms including turntables and Serato DJ. He loves all genres of music but truly enjoys playing Reggae, Dancehall, Lovers Rock and Culture.
He believes in giving back to the community by providing services both as a massage therapist and DJ, at outreach events for churches, medical facilities and charitable organizations. Otis is married to his best friend, Phyllis, and they are the proud parents of a 3-year-old princess, Alicia Lyn.
Shavane J Daley
Shavane Shabba Muskeno Daley worked as a Cultural Researcher at Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) at the head office in Kingston and at the Centre for Disability Studies, UWI, Mona. He is the owner for the Entertainment Trail radio program aired on News talk 93fm and the CEO of the Entertainment Trail Media and Consultancy brand and associations of which Blue Phlamez Records is a part.
Shavane Daley completed his Master of Arts Degree in Cultural Studies and Bachelors of Science degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management at the University of the West Indies Mona. Daley is currently pursuing certificates in Event Coordination and in Techniques In Counseling at the Heart trust and the UWI Open Campus respectively.
His article ‘Participation of Blind & Visually Impaired Professionals’ in JCDC Competition made the special feature section of the JCDC’s, Jamaica Independence Magazine, Jamaica 54 edition. Daley also penned a book which looks at the impact of the payola system on the music and broadcast industry in Jamaica, which will be released this year. This blind, cultural practitioner is currently working on a book with another author which looks at the contribution of disabled individuals and their contribution to the culture of Jamaica. He is the writer of the Blind Motivator Facebook Page.
Social Media Manager
Jessica Manoy is from Howell , New Jersey. Her hobbies consist of going to the mall, movies, and spending time with family and friends. Jessica is a high school graduate and also obtained her BSA in Education with a minor in Special Education from Georgian Court University.
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