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Saturday, June 16 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Transforming Trauma: Youth-Led Social Justice Movements

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How can adults support youth in transforming trauma into change? This session will explore the activism and healing efforts that marginalized Neutral Zone youth leaders put forth to create critical culture shifts. Teens from three programs will share best practices for developing programming and actions to address rape culture, anti-Black racism and queerphobia within our community. Participants will leave inspired and equipped with strategies for building youth-led social justice movements.

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Hasna Ghalib

Hasna Ghalib is a poet, activist and peer-to-peer educator. She currently attends Pioneer High School and is a member of their Black Student Union. Hasna was born in Baghdad, Iraq and moved to the United States as a refugee in 2008. She is one of the most outspoken and committed youth leaders at the Neutral Zone, working to address racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia and rape culture through her participation in S.A.R.E. (Safe sex And Rape culture Education,) S.E.E.D. (Students Educating Each other about Diversity) and the VOLUME Youth Poetry Project. Her poetic debut was this year’s Poetry Night in Ann Arbor production. She made the 2018 Louder Than A Bomb Ann Arbor slam team and will be traveling to Detroit in May to compete with teens from all over the region. She will also be opening for world-renowned poet Mojha Khaf at Rackham on March 23rd, and looks forward to releasing her first book. Hasna’s work is reflective of her experience as an Arab woman and American citizen, and a refugee. Hasna’s hobbies incl, Neutral Zone
Hasna Ghalib is a poet, activist and peer-to-peer educator. She currently attends Pioneer High School and is a member of their Black Student Union. Hasna was born in Baghdad, Iraq and moved to the United States as a refugee in 2008. She is one of the most outspoken and committed youth... Read More →
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Alex Kime

Neutral Zone
Alex is a current Master of Social Work student at the University of Michigan where they are a National Community Scholar and a Graduate Student Instructor for the Program on Intergroup Relations. Over the past six years, they have facilitated a wide variety of workshops, dialogues... Read More →
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Ebere Oparaeke

Ebere works at the Neutral Zone as an adviser for the Drop-in after school program and S.E.E.D. program, serves as a coach for the Neutral Zone Youth Driven Spaces (YDS) team, and facilitates training in restorative practice. Since graduating from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor with a B.S. in Women`s Studies, Ebere offers volunteers doula services to teens and organizations in Washtenaw county and has participated in and facilitated many discussions on reproductive justice, social justice and identity. Through her work, she strives to create inclusive and supportive environments for marginalized youth in the local area., Neutral Zone
Ebere works at the Neutral Zone as an adviser for the Drop-in after school program and S.E.E.D. program, serves as a coach for the Neutral Zone Youth Driven Spaces (YDS) team, and facilitates training in restorative practice. Since graduating from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor... Read More →
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Laila Pasha

Neutral Zone
As a member of the Neutral Zone Board of Directors, Laila Pasha has been a fierce teen leader in cultivating change at the Neutral Zone. During her time, she founded the Safe Sex and Rape Culture Education program (S.A.R.E) to challenge rape culture and sexual violence within her... Read More →
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Molly Pershin Raynor

Molly Pershin Raynor is a poet and educator. She has facilitated poetry workshops in prisons, halfway houses, high schools and teen centers, and traveled coast to coast performing spoken word. Molly co-founded RAW Talent (now the RYSE Performing Arts Program) in Richmond, California. Her work is highlighted in the documentary film on Netflix, "Romeo Is Bleeding," which follows her co-founder Donte Clark and their students as they fight to address gun violence through spoken word and theater. Molly just moved back to her hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, to serve as the Literary Arts Program Manager at the Neutral Zone Teen Center. Her poetry has been featured on NPR and published in several literary magazines including Vinyl, The Rumpus and Porkbelly Press., Neutral Zone
Molly Pershin Raynor¬†is a poet and educator.¬†She has facilitated poetry workshops in prisons, halfway houses, high schools and teen centers, and traveled coast to coast performing spoken word. Molly¬†co-founded RAW Talent (now the RYSE Performing Arts Program) in Richmond... Read More →


Saturday June 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
STATE HALL: Room 106

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