Torie is a scholar and practitioner with over 13 years of teaching and youth programming experience. She is also author of Critical Mentoring: A Practical Guide.
Co-Founder and Chief Music Officer
Gayle is a well respected featured artist and educator. Her musical sound spans generations and she utilizes her music knowledge and experience to create world-class programming for the organization.
Director of Training and Outreach
Cade works with us as part of our Pitzer College Community Engagement Center partnership. He manages our outreach efforts as well as our technical training assistance.
Director of Programs
Isabella is an alumnus and former scholarship winner. She currently oversees all of our programs and provides LGBTQ+ technical training assistance.
Andres Herrera is a California-based photographer and media marketer. They were born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, and utilize photography as an art form that incorporates their perspective of the sociopolitical, gender and racial worlds.
Youth Program Coordinator
Cameron is one of our youth employees. She's a senior in high school and she is a community liaison for our Black Girls Initiative.
Southern California Edison
Joann Loveless is a senior communications advisor for Southern California Edison with more than 25 years of corporate communications experience and leadership. She has also served for over 30 years on boards, in leadership and/or as a member of nonprofit organizations including four years as the international president of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
Etiwanda High School
Jennifer Sabbagh is a Social Studies teacher at Etiwanda high school. She has been in the educational field for 13 years and teaching History for 6 years. She earned her Masters in Education from the University of La Verne where she also earned her Bachelors in Social Science and Single subject credential. She is the advisor of National Honor Society at Etiwanda in which she supports her students in leadership and service to their school and community. Her passion not only includes History but also, mental health awareness and self-love in which she integrates into her classroom and is excited to use to learn from and mentor students with YMAN.
Youth Board Member
San Diego State University
Kierra Jones is a St. Louis, Missouri native and a fourth year Gerontology major with a minor in Cultural Proficiency at San Diego State University. She is also a proud Spring 2019 initiate of the Nu Epsilon Chapter of Theta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and a 6 year Youth Mentoring Action Network Alum.
Steve Vassor is a proud Daddy, husband and mentor, who enjoys travel, and as a former DJ loves rap, his musical first love. For 25 years, he has worked with, and on behalf of young people and their families. He was Vice President of Membership for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement for over 3 years. His calling and passion are improving life chances of young people, especially urban youth and young Black men.
Black and Pink
Dominique Morgan is an award-winning artist, activist, and TEDx speaker. As the Executive Director of Black and Pink, the largest prison abolitionist organization in the United States, she works daily to dismantle the systems that perpetuate violence on LGBTQ/GNC people and individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Partnering her lived experience of incarceration as a youth (which included 18 months in solitary confinement), with a decade of change-making artistry, advocacy, and background in public health, she continues to work in spaces of sex education, radical self-care, and youth development with intentions of dismantling the prison industrial complex and it impacts on our community.
Community Advisory Member
Top Dawg Entertainment
Chris Lee is an audio engineer extraordinaire at the top of his game. With a degree in Audio Engineering from the University of California Los Angeles, Chris quickly set himself apart from many in his field. Chris currently works as an audio engineer for award winning Hip-Hop artist Kendrick Lamar and his fellow Top Dawg Entertainment artists. Chris has provided sound for major shows like Coachella and the Grammy's and represents major product companies like Vue and Digico.
Montclair High School
Brandi Fletcher Daniels is a dynamic English teacher who began teaching at the School of Arts and Enterprise (also known as the SAE (SAY)). She currently works in Chaffey Joint Union High School District specifically Etiwanda High and currently Montclair High School; she teaches English Composition to incoming Freshman. Brandi is the girls’ basketball
Director of Operations and Freshmen coach; she has served as a Master teacher for Claremont Graduate University and mentors new teachers as well as the students in her class. Brandi is currently a USC Rossier Doctoral candidate.
Freedom Writers Foundation
Matt is a passionate dreamer that currently works as the creative and marketing director for the Freedom Writers Foundation. A University of La Verne graduate with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and TV Production, Matt has been working as a storyteller, marketer, and general do-gooder since leaving college. He has worked for start-up accelerators, corporate gyms, budding micro-distilleries, wholesale factory sourcing companies, and more to keep in line with his “experience is the best teacher” philosophy. Matt has also been a guest lecturer at Chaffey College, University of La Verne, and Bradley University.
Community Advisory Member
Keenan Beasley is an industry disrupter and marketing leader with more than a decade of consumer marketing experience. Born and raised in LA, Keenan is a contributor to Forbes & CNBC, and advisor to a number of startups and a regular lecturer at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is a proud graduate and former football player of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.