Youth Empowerment Project
Classrooms serving marginalized youth in Phoenix, Ariz., should center safety, healing, justice, critical thinking, and community wisdom. By design, in Phoenix and all over the U.S., classrooms serving predominantly Black, Indigenous, Immigrant, and Refugee youth are sites of hostility and criminalization. As levels of trauma experienced by young people and their families compounds, schools must respond to the physical & emotional needs of students with intention and care. With expertise in teaching, organizing, facilitation, performing, and healing arts, Raji collaborates with various schools, teachers, families, health workers, and community organizations to mentor young people, train teachers, and shift consciousness around what folks believe is possible in schools and youth-serving organizations.
MORE ABOUT RAJI
Raji is the daughter of Tamil immigrants from South India, a tenacious sister, and a really fun aunt. She supports the Health & Wellness programming at ReFrame Youth Arts Center in South Phoenix. Whether it’s through the facilitation of yoga & meditation, restorative justice & de-escalation, or growing & cooking food, Raji believes in the full-spirited grassroots vision of community health that taps into our wisdom and intuition, outside of institutional barriers. She centers the transformative power of love, creative expression, self-determination, authentic reflection, and deep listening in her life and work.