Naomi has worked in the field of youth development and organizing since 2002. Prior to joining the Chicago Freedom School, Naomi worked in Indianapolis, Detroit, and Mississippi to build youth voice and leadership for educational justice. For five years, she led the Restorative Justice Program at Alternatives Inc. where she worked with over 100 public schools across Chicago to implement restorative discipline systems to combat the school to prison pipeline. In 2008, she began volunteering at the Chicago Freedom School and served on the CFS Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013. Naomi was born outside of Chicago and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Social Work degree from University of Michigan.
Youth Programs Director
Tony is a multi-issue community builder working and living within an anti-oppression and harm reduction framework. Most recently, Alvarado-Rivera completed his tenure at Broadway Youth Center as the Mentor Program Coordinator. Additional experience includes work with the groundbreaking About Face Youth Theatre and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in New York.
Xavier Danae MaatRa
Xavier Danae MaatRa is a community organizer and activist from Southern New Jersey. For over a decade he has traveled the country as a organizer in the labor movement, social justice workshop facilitator and youth advocate. Most recently, he’s appreciated his time working with LGBT youth through the Drop in Program at the Broadway Youth Center and helping to build a coalition of youth agencies to strengthen youth programs on Chicago's Southwest side. In his free time, Xavier is a self-proclaimed music fiend, budding poet, and student of Pan African Studies. He's passionate about creating workshops that showcase the connection between popular education, people's history and the rhythms of Funk, Hip Hop and Jazz as tools of resistance, transformation, and political change. When he's not advocating for youth you can find him working in the garden and kitchen at Fresh82 Cafe or organizing with his neighbors to develop the South Shore neighborhood. Learn more here.
Jacqulyn A. Hamilton
Jacqulyn lives her work. She blends theory and practice to address the social and institutional impact of power and oppression on our physical, emotional and political bodies. Her work prioritizes the intersections where politics, policy, identity and institutions meet. She draws on her background in political theory, grassroots organizing, strategy, popular education and healing justice to support others as they become agents for their physical, political and emotional wellness. Though a seasoned facilitator, youth advocate and post-secondary school educator, you may also find her in private practice as a licensed massage therapist. A proud daughter of Chicago's West Side, she carries the lessons and values her community has taught her as she travels to teach and learn about African diasporic technologies and traditions.