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PBJ Educators

Tessa Owens 

Youth Violence Prevention Educator, SPAN 

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.

Mae Thompson 

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 community engagement. Mae grew up in Colorado and enjoys hiking in the mountains and exploring new restaurants.