"Our project is about youth talking to youth
Were not an adult saying it or imposing it.
Were other youth promoting your own decisions"
Project Respect is unique in the way that it has engaged youth at every step to inform and direct the development of the project. It is youth speaking to youth about how to prevent sexualized violence and how to promote healthy sexuality. Our goal is to reflect and respect youth culture.
Meet the Youth Staff:
Romina : Workshop facilitator
Romina Miranda is a queer young womyn of color. As a member of the Communist Party she is an activist in the community. She graduated from the Acting program at the Victoria Motion Picture school in May 2000. She has been an actress with "Puente Theater" for seven years and involves popular theater techniques in her workshops.
Noah: Workshop Facilitator
Noah is so appreciative that he has the opportunity to be involved with Project Respect. He finds facing the challenges of preventing youth violence to be a rewarding and invigorating task. Noah became involved with Project Respect during the first annual Yo' Fest. Under his rap alias, Mosaik, he wrote lyrics to perform at Yo' Fest, inspired by the message Project Respect' delivers. Those lyrics were then used in the song Respect, a collaboration with rapper Achilleas, and producer Josh Zotzman. In addition to representing hip-hop, Noah is interested in acting, screenwriting, and filmmaking. Noah has a weakness for quality ice cream, especially mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, coffee, chocolate, strawberry÷and the list goes on. You can often spot Noah around town, zipping about on his old school Honda motorcycle, eating large popcorn at the Movie Theater, or freestyling anywhere possible.
Jamie Kruse: Graphic / Web Designer
Jamie is the artist and designer for the Project Respect. She feels that it is her responsibility as a graphic designer to help represent and promote positive messages that inspire, empower, and educate . She recognizes the influential role that art and design hold in the public eye and strives for her design work to overcome differences between race, class, gender, and overall social/economical standing. She hopes to provide new creative ways to raise awareness and critical analysis of the present world that we share. [email protected]
YAC: The Youth Advisory Committee
"I joined because its something important something new " YAC member
YAC is a group of dedicated, passionate, creative youth between the ages of 13 and 19 who volunteer their time to help direct Project Respect. The first group of youth in year one of the project created the Respect Revolution Video. The youth in year two have helped inform the media of the Project and have talked to the community about prevention of sexualized violence .
"We want to empower youth or anyone to make them feel comfortable about who they are."
If you are interested in knowing more about the youth advisory committee, please contact us.