Justin Roias

2016 City Year Fellow

Justin Roias graduated from Rhode Island College in 2009 with his Bachelor’s in Social Work. Upon graduation, Justin joined City Year Rhode Island as an AmeriCorps member, where he supported four 7th-grade math classes at the Gilbert Stuart Middle School. Justin’s focus with these students was to help strengthen their academic and social-emotional skills. In his second term as a Team Leader with City Year, Justin led a team of 10 first-year AmeriCorps members through a challenging school transition with new administration as well as through an internal team transition without a primary manager. Justin ultimately helped reestablish City Year’s partnership with the Gilbert Stuart Middle School, leading him to be recognized with the 2016 Eli J. Segal Bridge Builder Award for City Year’s national AmeriCorps Member of the Year. In addition to his work with City Year, Justin is Rhode Island’s State Director of Wolf PAC, an American non-partisan political action committee formed in 2011 with the goal of ending corporate personhood and publicly financing all elections in our country. As State Director, Justin played a key role in helping Rhode Island make history by becoming the fifth state to pass legislation calling for an Article V Convention to propose an amendment to the constitution that would end the corrupting influence of money in politics. Justin currently works at the College Crusade of Rhode Island, where he serves as an advisor to Central High School students. He is also one of the co-founders of Peace in Providence, a community group whose mission it is to create safe positive platforms for inner-city youth to build community, promote peace, and encourage nonviolence.