Youth Programs

 2014 Youth Conference: The Anatomy of a Social Justice Movement!

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The Conference aims to empower youth voice and allow for personal and intellectual growth in all participants. Participants gain critical thinking, writing, communication, and organization skills as tools for impacting change in themselves and in their communities.

Conference Objectives:
  • Create opportunities for youth to explore self identity,surrounding community, and the relationship between the two.
  • To provide you with meaningful arts and media education, experience, knowledge, and skills
  • To inspire youth to become engaged citizens in their communities.
  • To equip youth with the knowledge and skills to become advocates for themselves in healthy relationships.


“Creating Our Village”

Magen Rodriguez (new york university m.a./b.a.) – Educator and Scenarios USA alum

“The Anatomy of a Social Justice Movement”

Emerson Brisbon – Leadership Development Director at FIERCE, a membership-based organization for LGBTQ youth of color.

“Understanding Oppression”

Jermaine Wall – Licensed social worker who provides mental health, substance abuse and dropout prevention counseling for at risk youth.

“Beyond the Binary; Fighting for Gender Justice”

Dana Edelle – PhD Activist-scholar-artist/ Executive Director of SPARK Movement (, an intergenerational girls’ activist organization launching creative, successful activist campaigns and fosters a global movement of young feminists.

Cheyenne Tobias – Student/ Activist: From Bed Stuy in Brooklyn, NY.  Freshman at Vassar College.

“I Will End Sexual Violence”

Erin Mckelle (Huffpo) – Activist, writer, and student at Ohio University, studying for a degree in Women and Gender studies.

“Are We Allies?”

Darnell l. Moore – Educator and writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Co-Founder of YOU Belong, a social good company & nationally-recognized speaker and diversity consultant/trainer who has lectured and/or advocated broadly on LGBTQ concerns; race, gender, and sexuality; gender equity; Black masculinities; positive youth development; and other social justice issues in the U.S., UK, Canada, South Africa, Israel, and Palestine.

“Media Justice in Our Lives and Communities; Developing Tools for Change”

Ellen “Manny” Vaz – Mixed-race Puerto Rican, southern, queer media organizer who   is currently the Digital Media/Communications Coordinator for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), an unprecedented campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York and works to address social, racial and economic justice issues through media.

“Intersections of Power and Place”

David Beasley – Previously Public Relations Manager at Safe Horizon & creates comprehensive communications strategies that elevate non-profit organizations missions and thought leadership.



  • Carman Callahan
  • Armand Davis
  • Kiana Dean
  • Tarvorris Denson
  • Skyler Edge
  • Irena Phillips


  • Edgar Chavez
  • Estrella Jarquin
  • Belle LeGrande
  • Anthony Nurse
  • Morriah Lisowski
  • Fatimata Sylla


  • Evelyn Abundes
  • Brianna Garrett
  • Elizabeth Gaytan
  • Janaya Greene
  • Imani Harris
  • Ava Saunders

Scenarios Staff & Chaperons

  • Hafizah Geter, Scenarios USA, Events & Marketing Associate
  • Melissa Milne, Scenarios USA, Education Associate
  • Brian Dodyk, CLE Chaperon
  • Jenn Tatum, CHI Chaperon
  • Brian Stewart, Peer Mentor
  • Erin McKelle, Peer Mentor


  • ICAH– based in Chicago, ICAH is a network of empowered youth and allied adults who transform public consciousness and increase the capacity of family, school and healthcare systems to support the sexual health, rights and identities of youth.


  • Ci3 (Youth) The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago is a faculty-led initiative to advance sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Upward Bound (Youth) Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.
  • DayOne (Youth)Day One is the only organization in New York City solely devoted to the issue of teen dating violence. Working alongside youth, Day One educates, organizes and advocates on behalf of young people at risk of or experiencing intimate partner violence.
  • CRCC (Chaperones) Cleveland Rape Crisis Center supports survivors of sexual violence, promotes healing and prevention and creates social change throughout Northeast Ohio.
  • ICAH (Youth)
  • DePaul University Graduate School (Chaperones) The Department of Leadership, Language and Curriculum prepares urban multicultural professional leaders to work in a variety of education and community settings.