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CITY Center for Collaborative Learning is proud to be Kore Press Institute’s space sponsor for:

Feminism & Social Justice Youth Summit

Empowerment! Voice! Health! Activism!

For grrls, transgender and gender non-conforming youth, ages 12-14

June 8-9, Saturday-Sunday, 9am-5pm

$150 / beverages, healthy snacks & lunch included

Some scholarships are available: contact [email protected]

Sign up now for Kore Press Institute’s first ever Feminism & Social Justice Youth Summit on June 8-9 and experience two days of intersectional, immersive conversations and opportunities for learning, facilitated reflection, self-care, creativity, voice development, and inspiring connection!  For middle school grrls, trans, and GNC youth. Led by a diverse team of passionate, dynamic, rad, and smart artists, community workers, inclusive educators, and talented leaders dedicated to youth empowerment and community building at the intersections of gender, race, and love.

The days will open with two inspiring panels (with engaged community activists and high school students) followed by small group sessions on such topics as LGBTQ+ 101, Sexuality & Consent, Telling Your Story, Yoga/Reflective Practices, Listening, Anti-Racism, Media Literacy, and Self-Care. Participants will have a chance to share stories, think and explore together, and work in a supportive, safe and stimulating space. Healthy and delicious food provided by LA Cocina.

The Summit is for 12-14 year old / middle school grrls, trans and GNC youth.

Register here

Space is limited to preserve intimate community setting. Please complete the registration and pay to reserve a spot.

Proceeds support the work of Kore Press Institute, an independent non-profit literary arts and justice organization dedicated to keeping the margins in the center, and to support future iterations of the Feminism & Social Justice Youth Summit.

The Summit Facilitator & Speaker Crew

Dr Stephanie Troutman, Summit leader, is a Black feminist scholar, first-generation college student, tenured Associate Professor of Emerging Literacies in the Rhetoric, Composition and Teaching of English program in the English Department at the University of Arizona. She received a dual PhD in Curriculum & Instruction and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011, and is a former high school and middle grades public school teacher. Stephanie is a scholar-activist who has been widely recognized for her mentorship, student advocacy, and social justice leadership.

Teré Fowler Chapman, Teré is a gender fluid writer, educator and former assistant principle in Tucson—by way of sonoran desert | by way of boot’s bayou. This poet is the Words on the Avenue founder and the first African American executive director of the Tucson Poetry Festival. They are a National Arts Strategies’ Creative Community fellow, and a “Bettering American Poetry 2016” nominee. They are an educator, a wife, and a family man. You can find Teré or their work forthcoming or published in many places, including Huffington Post, University of Arizona’s VOCA, TEDxTucson, Tucson Weekly, Arizona Public Media’s PBS & NPR & more.

Em Bowen is the Executive Director of the Tucson Poetry Festival, a bilingual Waldorf educator, a storyteller, a writer, an essayist, a poet and a person who thrives and is always changing (much as we all are, whether we realize it or not). Their work has been published in the Tucson Weekly, The Atlantic, Zocalo, Wild Gender, The Feminist Wire, and most recently live on the stand-up comic stages of Tucson. Em earned their MFA from Goddard College and is the former producer of the Tucson Gender Identity Project.

Kristen E. Nelson is a queer writer and performer, literary activist, LGBTQ+ activist, and community builder. She is the author of the length of this gap (Damaged Goods, 2018)  two chapbooks: sometimes I gets lost and is grateful for noises in the dark (Dancing Girl, 2017) and Write, Dad (Unthinkable Creatures, 2012), and is published in numerous journals. Kristen is the founder of Casa Libre en la Solana, a non-profit writing center in Tucson, where she worked as the Executive Director for 14 years. She Earned her MFA in Creative Writing, her BA in English Literature  teaches Personal Narrative Essay Writing, Text/Image Collaborations, and Divinatory Poetics.

E. Liane Hernandez is the Education Director of Stand Together Arizona Training and Advocacy Center (STAT) of the YWCA Southern Arizona in Tucson, where she works at building coalitions, producing events around justice, sustainability, feminism and advocacy, as well co-producing inclusion trainings, videos and social media content around civic engagement. She oversees the arts programming of the Center, helps to facilitate the Advocacy Education Board Committee and coordinates the ongoing Changemaker Race to Justice Book Club. She is a convener and works to create space for individuals and organizations to do the work of inclusive community building. Trained as an art historian, chef and cultural anthropologist she is a student of the questions of what is community, who gets to participate and how.

Eugenia Woods is a queer-identified clinical social worker and theatre artist applying arts-based community engagement practices to identify issues of common concern, share voice and initiate social action. Her community-devised, interdisciplinary performance works include: Famished, a theatrical documentary on our relationship to food; The Migration Project, an interactive performance developed with immigrant, indigenous and refugee communities, and her most recent work, HARK, a performance installation addressing political polarization and social isolation through mindful listening. She holds a BS in Film from Boston University and an MS in Social Work from Columbia University

Dr. Deanna Lewis, 
DrPH, MBA, PA-C, is passionate about public health, which she attributes to her 20 years in the fire service. At the age of 21, Deanna made history as the first woman firefighter in the history of the Tucson Fire Department. A graduate of Stanford’s Primary Care Associate Program, Deanna has been a physician assistant for 15 years, served seven years in the Navy Reserve as a Hospital Corpsman, has an MBA from the Eller School of Management, completed two years as a UA/NASA Space Grant Fellow, and received her doctor of public health in 2018 from the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

Lexy Reyelts (she/they) is graduating soon with a BA in Public Management & Policy and has been a part of the University of Arizona LGBTQ+ Resource Center for 3 years as a desk assistant, Safe Zone facilitator, Pride Alliance intern, and now as Pride Alliance Co-Director. They also are the Lead Peer Advisor for Equity & Student Engagement. Her favorite things to do are cooking/baking and going to The Loft to watch movies. When Lexy graduates, they hope to work for a nonprofit organization doing social justice work.

Sarah Maaske (she/they) is a queer yoga instructor in the stolen and occupied land known as Tucson, Arizona. They have been providing a trauma-aware approach and safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies to practice yoga since 2017. Sarah’s background in social work, identity as a queer person, and passion for social justice are woven into all aspects of their work. Sarah received their Master’s in Social Work from Arizona State University in 2014 and their 200-hour yoga teaching certification from The Yoga Connection in 2014.


Thank you to Kore Press Institute’s food sponsors: