“The more I use my strength in the service of my vision the less I am afraid...”
- Audre Lorde

 
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AIYN Staff

Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Arrowyn Ambrose

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Arts Facilitator - Kirby


Arrowyn is a Certified Facilitator of The Resilience Toolkit, Certified Council Trainer, Certified Teaching Artist, and Certified Race Equity and Healing Justice Facilitator. She has studied Viola Spolion’s long-form organic improvisation and creative writing. With a background in the creative and performing arts, Arrowyn believes in the healing power of story and is passionate about ethical storytelling.

Arrowyn began her career as the Program Director of The Young Storytellers, a theatrical writing and production program for elementary-aged children. In 2013 she created Story Tribe, a program that uses improvisational games, poetry, personal narrative, and Council process to create with high school students.

Arrowyn is glad to be on staff with The Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network, where she weaves The Resilience Toolkit and Council into arts programs for the LA Department of Mental Health, incarcerated youth, and people on probation and in recovery.


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Garrett Barr

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Applied Research and Evaluation Manager


Garrett Barr is the Applied Research and Evaluation Manager for the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network. His work focuses on the monitoring and evaluation of the network's reentry programs in the community. By taking a youth-centered approach, Garrett works directly with youth and staff to ensure the network's reentry programs are designed and implemented to serve the wants and needs of system-impacted youth. Before joining the AIYN team, Garrett worked for Johnson & Johnson's Global Public Health Group and the Aspen Institute. He holds a Masters of Public Health from UCLA's Fielding School and a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Garrett lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend and enjoys exploring new places, listening to vinyl, sketching, reading, and running with the Skid Row Running Club.


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Julian Harris

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Programs and COmmunications Coordinator


Julian Harris has truly come from humble beginnings. Born in South Bend, IN, Julian moved to Orlando, FL when he was just two years old. His mother, Babette Allen, is now President of Pathlight Homes (Housing for the Homeless in Central Florida) and has been working in that space for over 25 years. When Julian and his family first moved to Orlando, they were homeless which birthed his passion for serving in underdeveloped communities. Julian graduated from Florida A&M University with his Bachelors in Public Relations and started working for the City of Orlando as the My Brother’s Keeper Coordinator. Prior to working for the city, Julian spent some time as a substitute teacher in a Juvenile Detention Center in Orlando.

Julian’s skill set ranges from marketing, program planning, engaging in funding sustainability efforts (grant writing, fundraisers); to disseminating progress and results to community leaders and stakeholders to encourage expanded support for non profits. As Julian likes to say, “I’m subconsciously following in my mom’s footsteps.”


Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Justus Jones

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Youth Engagement Specialist


Justus Jones is a Los Angeles native, teaching artist and aspiring rapper. He graduated from New Earth Youth Build in 2016 and soon after began teaching poetry to formerly incarcerated youth. As an artist and rapper, Justus loves to tell the real and uncut in his music. He has facilitated poetry and creative writing workshops with system-impacted youth in South Central LA and countywide. Justus is currently working to support the reentry and youth leadership programming at Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network. He has participated and performed at various events throughout the country including Create Justice, the LA County Youth Diversion Summit and the Youth Power Summit where he engaged with legislators and advocated for statewide youth justice bills. Justus continues to work with formerly incarcerated youth with the intention of creating space for them to know they are not alone in the traumas they experience.


Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Elida Ledesma

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Associate Director


Elida is a Southern California native, she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications and Spanish from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s of Public Health, with a concentration in Community Health Sciences, from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Prior to working with the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network she worked as a research assistant for the UCLA Department of Medicine on the RISE project, which examined adolescent risky behavior. Currently, Elida serves as the Associate Director of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network overseeing program evaluations, the creation of a shared theory of practice, on-going trainings for members and county agencies, in addition to managing daily operations. Elida was also selected as a 2016-2017 Arts for LA Activate fellow, completing the Arts Education track. Her passion lies in helping and advocating for underrepresented and vulnerable populations.


Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Zoe Rawson

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Director of Youth and Community Justice


Zoë has worked alongside youth and community first as a counselor and then as a social justice advocate for over 20 years. In Los Angeles, she spent several years engaged in community lawyering with the Labor/Community Strategy Center to decriminalize school discipline and played a pivotal role towards ending the widespread practice of truancy sweeps and policing of students in low-income communities of color. As the Director of Youth and Community Justice with AIYN she now supports the Network’s ‘Art, Resilience and Community Justice’ initiative by building the capacity, leadership and creative development of youth returning to the community from incarceration.


Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Kaile Shilling

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Executive Director


Kaile Shilling is honored to be the Executive Director of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network (AIYN). In her role with AIYN she co-founded CREATE JUSTICE, a national gathering focusing on the intersection of arts and youth justice reform done in partnership with Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Kaile brings over fifteen years experience working in and with nonprofits, particularly those focused on building strong young people. Prior to the AIYN, she served as Executive Director for the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles, an organization serving hundreds of nonprofits across Los Angeles County promoting networking and collaboration among community- and faith-based organizations focusing on re-framing violence as an issue of public health, rather than criminal justice. Prior to the VPC, Kaile worked at Homeboy Industries, one of the leading gang intervention agencies in the nation.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, where she focused on the role of the arts as a means of expressing and shifting social values, and a Master of Theological Studies from Loyola Marymount University.


Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Slater

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Director of Fellowship, Community, and Collaboration


Slater is a Chicago native, artist, cultural researcher, and youth advocate with an art administration practice centering indigenous studies, reparations, circle keeping and restorative justice. Slater graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, with a Bachelors in Fine Art Studio Practice also Art Administration, Art Therapy and Art Education. Slater began social justice work in the Chicago Public School system in the year 2010 which lead them to design numerous city and nation wide curricula. Soon after, they found themselves programming for a broad network of teaching artists, lawyers, prison abolitionists, rehabilitation programs and fine artists forming a shadow network for change steered by artists and art collectives. Under their artist moniker "0nyxMandelbr0t", Slater works in the Visual and Performing arts unearthing the possibilities of an indigenous-arts lead future. With a background in Painting, Arts Administration/Arts Education and managing a studio practice in Film, Video, New Media and photography Slater places the needs of society for social, cultural and emotional change squarely on the shoulders of artists, organizers, provocateurs, and citizens. Their most recent works include narratives such as "The school to prison pipeline", "Police Brutality", "Civil Disobedience", "Data Collection" and "Systems of Surveillance".


Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Photo Credit: Maira Rios

Christopher Wilkinson

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Arts Facilitator/Director -- Kilpatrick


Christopher Wilkinson is a music publisher, songwriter and musician, with over 8 years experience in Arts Education. His experience writing curriculum, and facilitating creative writing workshops, laid the foundation for his work as Arts Facilitation Director for AIYN. The mentorship skills developed as a teaching arts, in conjunction with his ability to coordinate efforts amongst various departments, have positioned AIYN at the forefront of the LA Model implementation at Campus Kilpatrick. Through AIYN, Christopher is carrying the mission of ensuring healing-centered art programs are a fundamental component of the youth's overall treatment plan while in camp.