PBJ Educators

Tessa Owens (She, her,hers) 

Youth Violence Prevention Educator, SPAN


Tessa is the Youth Violence Prevention Educator at SPAN, and is one of the co-coordinators of the Peers Building Justice after-school program. Tessa lived most of her life in Bluffton, SC. She feels a strong connection to the South through the food, community and coastal waters.

She graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where she majored in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Spanish. In 2016, she joined the Peace Corps and moved to the coastal desert in Peru where she worked with community members and local government to promote sustainable programming for maternal and child health. Before her role as Youth Educator, she was a Housing Advocate and helped survivors access and maintain housing.



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Reina Ross (She, her,hers)

Child & Youth Violence Prevention Educator, SPAN


Reina is the Child & Youth Violence Prevention Educator for Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN). She is 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.

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Mae Thompson (She, her,hers)

Youth and Community Empowerment Organizer, SPAN


Mae is the the Youth and Community Empowerment Organizer at SPAN. Mae directly works with young people in multiple capacities. She co-coordinates the Peers Building Justice (PBJ) program throughout the school year and teaches in high schools. In partnership with MESA, Mae and her co-workers teach the evidence based “Safe Dates” curriculum in high schools throughout Boulder County. Additionally, Mae continues to grow and expand partnerships within the community.

Mae graduated from the University of Denver and earned a B.A. in International Studies and Strategic Communication with a minor in Spanish. Prior to this role, Mae worked at Rise Above Colorado focused on teen drug use prevention, youth- adult partnerships, and Positive Youth Development. Mae grew up in Colorado and enjoys hiking in the mountains and exploring new restaurants.



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