BONSAI BERMUDEZ completed a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Puerto Rico with a concentration on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer issues. They have been working in the social justice-service field for over 10 years with a main focus on trauma, transformative justice, and harm reduction practices. Read more about Bonsai.
STACY RENE ERENBERG is a community organizer, activist healer and socially conscious musician. For the past 12 years Stacy has worked with youth and other change makers fighting for equal education, ending gender violence, immigration reform and racial justice. Read more about Stacy.
TANUJA JAGERNAUTH is a healer activist, cultural worker, and educator. A 2007 Albert Schweitzer Fellow and Fellow for Life, Tanuja believes that offering sliding scale services within a framework of harm reduction, body/fat positivity, and trauma informed practice facilitates health and healing in a way that is liberating for the practitioner as well as the patient. Read more about Tanuja.
DEANA LEWIS is a graduate student in the Educational Policy Studies Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her research interests include Black girlhood studies, school to prison pipeline, and youth incarceration. Read more about Deana.
MARIAME KABA is the founding director of Project NIA (www.project-nia.org), a grassroots organization with the long-term goal of ending youth incarceration. Her work focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and supporting youth leadership development. Read more about Mariam.
LARA BROOKS has worked with street-based and homeless youth, survivors of violence, and queer and trans youth since 2001. Lara is the former Director of the Broadway Youth Center (BYC), a “one-stop-shop” model of care for LGBTQ and young people experiencing homelessness in Chicago and coordinated the basic needs drop-in program for five years before becoming the Director in 2010. Read more about Lara.
INVINCIBLE | In addition to their work as a performing artist, they spent over a decade organizing with Detroit Summer, a multi-racial, inter-generational collective in Detroit that is transforming communities through youth facilitative leadership, creativity, and collective action. Invincible also co-coordinated and co-founded the Detroit Future Youth network to support social justice and media-based youth projects throughout the city. Invincible has produced events, organized actions, designed curriculum, facilitated workshops, woven participatory community media projects, and more, while simultaneously creating music, media, and touring internationally.Invincible.
BENJI HART is an activist, artist and youth worker dedicated to radical education. He is a voguer, and has been an active member of the House of Ninja since 2007. Much of his work focuses on using the art form of vogue to teach Black and Brown queer history, sex positivity, and empower poor and working queer communities in creative and celebratory ways. Read more about Benji.
Kiesa Reynolds is a writer and educator from Richmond, Calif. They are a certified rape crisis counselor in Illinois and California and have extensive training in other areas including domestic violence, child abuse, community violence, and trauma. They have a BA in Cultural Studies from Columbia College and studied at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy as a 2014 PPIA Fellow.
NIC KAY is a transdisciplinary artist whose work straddles performance, video, installation, collage and printmaking. NIC’s current projects explore movement as a place of reclamation of the body, history and identity. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, NIC graduated from Professional Performing Artist School in 2007 and was a Hemispheric Institute EMERGENYC Fellow in 2009. Read more about NIC.
Tony is a multi-issue community builder working and living within an anti-oppression and harm reduction framework. Most recently, Alvarado-Rivera completed his tenure at Broadway Youth Center as the Mentor Program Coordinator. Additional experience includes work with the groundbreaking About Face Youth Theatre and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in New York. Read more about Tony.