Terrance Coffie & Sharon Jasprizza
Terrance Coffie is an inspiration for all people and cultures. After years of selling drugs, homelessness and incarceration, Terrance took a chance in April 2009 to turn his life around. His journey since 2009 is highlighted with success in his work, academic achievements, national and international recognition, and community developments.
Terrance has received numerous awards and scholarships to include representing the City University of New York (CUNY) in the Salzburg Global Seminar International Study Program in March 2013 and being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in December 2013. He graduated from the Bronx Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services in May 2014 and in September 2014, Terrance began his undergraduate studies at New York University (NYU). In addition to serving as an inspiration to the men he works with and in his academic career, having seen the cycle of poverty, substance abuse, unemployment, homelessness and incarceration first-hand, Terrance has committed himself to promoting Educational Reform, and hopes to end it on a larger scale at the community and national levels.
Terrance embodies the Nelson Mandela quote “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The inspiration, the work, the success, the passion and the moments in Terrance’s life can be found at www.thejourney.info and Twitter@thejourneyinfo
Sharon Jasprizza came to New York in 2011 as a full time student in the creative and performing arts. In New York, Sharon has written a number of short plays, some of which she has produced with a very talented cast and crew. Sharon has also performed in festival plays and continues to work closely with her Director for these festivals. The moments in some of the plays Sharon writes about in Terrance’s life, an African-American man she met Christmas morning in 2011 at Grand Central, have inspired her audiences and give passion to her work.
Sharon completed her Bachelor of Economics at the University of Sydney, Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Canberra in the 1970s and Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) at Charles Sturt University in 1990. During her 34 years of a full time and very successful career in education and finance in Australia, she and her husband raised their family of 4 children. Sharon’s family in Australia continues to grow with the recent arrival of her two beautiful granddaughters.
The inspiration, the work, the success, the passion and the moments can be found at www.thejourney.info and Twitter@thejourneyinfo