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PBJ Educators

 Jacqueline Manzo
Youth Violence Prevention Educator, SPAN
I was born in Boulder and raised in Longmont. I received my bachelor’s at The University of Colorado – Boulder, majoring in ethnic studies with a minor in education. The four years of my undergrad career were dedicated to studying and learning about race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and power in national and transnational contexts.
I am inspired by youth who take on leadership roles and fight for change to improve their communities and create a better future.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking the Chautauqua Trails, hanging out with friends/familia, and reading.
La Lucha Sigue.

Reina Ross

K-8 Violence Prevention Educator, SPAN

I am  the K-8 Violence Prevention Educator for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN). I am committed to ending violence, fostering leadership, and empowering youth through education, community engagement, and social justice. Reina provides education to elementary and middle school classrooms throughout Boulder Valley School District about healthy relationships, anti-bullying, power dynamics, privilege, sexual assault, and dating violence and abuse.

Reina also co-coordinates the Peers Building Justice (PBJ) Training Institute, an after-school program that educates and empowers middle and high school students to advocate against violence, oppression, and injustice within their communities.

Fernanda Perez

Youth Violence Prevention Organizer, SPAN

I am a social justice advocate and a violence prevention organizer who has worked with youth, young adults, and adults since my high school years. I grew up in Peachtree City, Georgia and earned my B.A. in Digital Broadcast Journalism with a minor in History from the University of Georgia. In college, I worked as a mentor for underprivileged youth, ages ranging from 5-18. After graduation, I worked at the Colorado State Capitol where I helped Senator Rhonda Fields with legislation that would benefit the most vulnerable in our societies, and later, at the United Nations where I worked to increase advocacy and awareness on the worlds’ developing nations. Empowering women and youth was a key strategy in helping these countries.

After the internship, I moved to Colorado and began my job as a youth violence prevention organizer for SPAN where I teach high school youth in the Boulder Valley School District about healthy relationships through a social justice lens. I also work as an adult mentor for an after-school program called Peers Building Justice (PBJ). In this program I empower youth to become social justice advocates in their communities.