Syosset Sisters Inspire From Afar

Syosset sisters Rachel and Jillian Roth

The Syosset sisters from Inspire Bright took their “teens helping teens” motto on the road recently, teaming up with Insomnia cookies in Syracuse to kick off the organization’s latest endeavor—an ACT/SAT study guide collection to benefit students in need.

For the kick-off event, Insomnia Cookies donated a portion of sales from an entire day to Jillian and Rachel Roth of Inspire Bright, which will be used toward the book collection.

Jillian places a donation box at the Syosset library.

Rachel, 19, is a student in the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, while Jillian, 16, is a senior at Syosset High School. With these Syracuse and Long Island connections, support for the girls’ collection drive stretched from upstate to downstate, as friends, family and community members contributed efforts.

The sisters, accustomed to working together on projects side by side, had to get creative with splitting up the responsibilities for promoting and facilitating this particular event. Jillian worked on the Syosset promotion and spreading the word online and “at home,” while Rachel, incoming social chair in her sorority at Syracuse, promoted the event on campus through social media and word of mouth within the Greek community.

The ACT/SAT study guides are being collected at various drop-off locations within the Syosset community and beyond through the end of December. The guides will be donated in an effort to help teens reach success on college entrance exams.

Jillian enlists the help of On Parade Diner.

Inspire Bright is accepting unwanted ACT and SAT study books, both written in and entirely new, at the following locations: On Parade Diner in Woodbury, Syosset High School, Syosset Public Library, Ambiance salon in Roslyn Heights and at private SAT/ACT tutors in the area.

Go to for more information and follow the girls on Twitter @inspirebright and on Instagram @inspirebright.


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Steve Mosco, former editor-in-chief at Anton Media Group, is a columnist for Long Island Weekly's food and sports sections. He fancies himself a tastemaker, food influencer and king of all eaters.


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