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Youth Action Project

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What is the Youth Action Project?

A team of experienced facilitators provide a safe and challenging space, geared toward youth of ALL ethnic backgrounds, who are committed to understanding and dismantling white supremacy white privilege, and other forms of oppression.

When is the Youth Action Project?

Date: April 28-30, 2017

What are the intended outcomes of the Youth Action Project and the Youth Institute?


  • Students will SEE and be fully aware of the multiple manifestations of white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression.
  • Students will have the courage and confidence to NAME white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression.
  • Students will ACT by taking effective, creative, and urgent measures to dismantle white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression.
  • Students will PROCEED as leaders, planting ongoing seeds of change

Youth One Day Institutes

Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)
Thursday, April 27th

A basic 1 Day Exploration of White Privilege, and an introduction to tools for dismantling “-isms” associated with White Supremacy.

High School Students (Grades 9-12)
Thursday, April 27th

1 Day Exploration of White Privilege, manifestations of white supremacy, and an introduction to tools for dismantling “-isms” associated with White Supremacy. Youth will create their own methods to address white privilege in their schools and communities and engage in engaging dialogue

Youth Action Project
3 Day Conference for High School (Grades 9-12)

Students will experience a more in-depth and internal reflection of white privilege. Students will work to connect their individual experiences to their enhanced analysis of how systems of institutional racism operate within the United States of America through:

  • Leadership Activities
  • Mastery of key terms: white supremacy, white privilege, oppression, ally, racism
  • Ethnic affinity groups
  • Youth friendly film viewing with adult allies
  • Individual and group reflection
  • Regional action planning
  • Youth led dialogue
  • Arts based break-outs

What are the youth saying about YAP?

“...I was inspired to make a change about what I say and to not judge people before I met them. I learned about many things and I plan to bring back my knowledge about breaking down stereotypes back to the Athenian community...” ~Alex C., 2011

“Through the various workshops, lectures, activities, and interactions with others, I became exposed to new perspectives and sympathetic towards others’ hardships. And most importantly, I was able to become more comfortable with myself...” ~Elliot L., 2010


Who are the Youth Action Project Youth Allies?

Stephanie Ciccone-NascimentoStephanie Ciccone-Nascimento is a multidimensional social justice educator and continuous student of life. She writes a self-improvement blog and is the creator of an online life coaching program called Align With Wellness. Stephanie received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She grew up in three different countries and in many different cultures, which has shaped much of her multicultural identity and passion for social justice work. She is also love the outdoors and loves good food (justice). She is ready for transformative change.

Jada M. DrewJada Monica Drew is an international educator passionate about creating learning spaces that empower people for social change. Jada’s passion for equity and justice and her charismatic flavor are present in her interactive workshop designs, lectures, and keynote appearances. Currently, Jada is the CEO of Social Designs, a social justice consulting business. Social Designs provides training, preparation and development to individuals and companies in multicultural training, global education and curriculum design. Social Designs is the parent company of the Change Institute, which is a global travel and global leadership program for youth and young adults. Jada is also the founder of Africana CHANGE. Africana CHANGE empowers youth and young adults by providing cultural, artistic, and educational programming. As the director of the Multicultural Education Department at Guilford College she works to implement diversity, equity and inclusion. She received a BS in Psychology from Guilford College and a MS in Global & International Education from Drexel University. Learn more at

Rosetta LeeRosetta Lee serves Seattle Girls’ School in dual roles - a 6th grade science teacher and a professional outreach specialist, a position in which she designs and delivers trainings for all constituencies of the school community, as well as the local and national educational and nonprofit sectors. Since 2004, Rosetta has been a diversity speaker and trainer on a variety of issues, including cross cultural communication, identity development, prejudice reduction and coalition building, gender and sexuality diversity, facilitation skills, bullying in schools, and gender bias in the classroom. Rosetta has presented at numerous conferences and nonprofit organizations such as the White Privilege Conference, Junior League, and City Year. She has also worked with over 50 K-12 public and independent schools throughout the country, as well as a number of colleges and universities. She has served several years on the faculty of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Summer Diversity Institute, as well as NAIS' diversity think-tank cadre, Call to Action. Rosetta is excited to join the YAP Team, as she believes that youth deserve to know the hard truths of the world and to learn and practice the tools for change, as young people are often equipped with the most creativity, optimism, resilience, and passion among all of us!

Jesse Phillips-FeinJesse Phillips-Fein is a choreographer, dance educator, scholar and from Brooklyn, NY. She studied dance at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX, Smith College, the Laban Centre in London, England, and with Peniel Guerrier & Danys La Mora Perez in Ayiti/Haiti and Cuba. She is currently finishing her Masters thesis at NYU while teaching middle & high schoolers at Brooklyn Friends School.

Anna Von EssenAnna Von Essen grew up in Yakima, Washington amidst apple trees and class divides, in a white, middle class family. Her grandfather taught her that the world needed justice – friends from El Salvador taught her how to work to make it so.

Annie has been a social worker, fundraiser, communications manager and project manager for non-profits. She has a history of youth and community work in both the US and in El Salvador, where she worked with grassroots org La Coordinadora, and learned about the power of community-led change. She holds an MSW and an MPA from University of Washington’s School of Social Work and Evan’s School of Public Affairs, respectively where she was actively involved in dialogue work and anti-racist organizing.

Through her business, Vessel Consulting, she supports local change-making organizations. And also works one on one with clients who are navigating life transitions. Annie is currently involved in anti-racism organizing in her small Methodist church. She lives in Seattle in an old school building with her husband, her cat and a community of amazing artists.

Jeffrey CoxJeffrey Cox, LCSW, formerly a professional modern dancer, received an undergraduate degree in Dance from SUNY Brockport. He later obtained a master’s degree from Hunter College School of Social Work. As a clinical social worker and diversity consultant in New York City for 20 years, Jeffrey has spearheaded several anti-racist and social justice initiatives within public and private schools throughout the tri-state area. In 2004 he began working at the Brooklyn Friends School where he organized trainings for faculty and staff in anti-racist education through the “Undoing Racism Workshops” conducted by The People’s Institute.

For the past 10 years Jeffrey has presented and co-presented workshops at national diversity conferences throughout the United States such as New York State Association for Independent Schools Diversity Forum, National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference, WPC Middle School Institute (co-organizer), and WPC-Youth Action Project (co-facilitator).

Wade Colwell-SandovalWade Colwell-Sandoval is a musical performance artivist and a creative catalyst (see He has been the Co-Leader of the Youth Action Project at WPC since 2010. He is the Creative Director of New Wilderness Project (, Co-Founder of Funkamentalz, Co-producer and Host of the upcoming online series New Young City and is the Restorative Justice Coordinator at the School for Democracy and Leadership in East Flatbush / Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating as an honors athlete from Stanford University, Wade has focused on producing inspirational arts experiences for youth. Wade comes from a mixed-heritage background (Raramuri-Chicano and Western European) and was raised in a family tradition of socially-minded artists which include his grandfather Anthony Quinn (actor), mother Catalina (painter/sculptor), and father Paul (songwriter/musician). Wade is dedicated to imagining and discovering the functional potential of creative expression.