MEET OUR STAFF
ARLYSSA HEARDpronouns: she/her
JERRICA MICKENSpronouns: she/her
JUANITA ZUNIGApronouns: she/her
KRYSTINA WILSON-KENDRICKpronouns: she/her
MOLLY SWEENEYpronouns: she/her
STACI LOWRYpronouns: she/her
TINU USOROpronouns: she/her
TRINA TOCCOpronouns: she/her
IMANI HARRISpronouns: she/her
MEET OUR BOARD
ANGELA REYESpronouns: she/her
BRANDEN SNYDERpronouns: he/him
CHRISTINE BELLpronouns: she/her
CINDY EGGLETONpronouns: she/her
DARYL HARRISpronouns: he/him
EMILY GONZALEZpronouns: she/her
HELENA LAZOpronouns: she/her
INES DE JESUSpronouns: she/her
JAMILA MARTINpronouns: she/her
JAYESH PATELpronouns: she/her
JESSICA MASONpronouns: she/her
KELSEY WILEYpronouns: she/her
KIM JOHNSON-NEWBERRYpronouns: she/her
LARRY SIMMONSpronouns: he/him
MARIA SALINAS(pronouns: she/her)
MAURICE BP-WEEKSpronouns: he/him
MARILYN BALLpronouns: she/her
RIMA MEROUEHpronouns: she/her
SIRRITA DARBYpronouns: she/her
STEPHANIE JOHNSON-COBBpronouns: she/her
TINU ROLANDpronouns: she/her
YOLANDA ZAYASpronouns: she/her
BRIGHTMOOR EDUCATION ACTION TEAM (BEAT)
The BEAT (Brightmoor Education Action Team) is located in the Brightmoor neighborhood on the west side of Detroit, and is supported by Brightmoor Alliance. They are currently focused on addressing the root causes of trauma in the neighborhood by building a center that will provide trauma-informed care and other mental health services for students and families across Brightmoor.
Led by Molly Sweeney (Molly@482forward.org) and Jerrica Mickens (Jerrica@482forward.org)
DETROIT MUSLIM YOUTH COUNCIL (DMYC)
The Detroit Muslim Youth Council is a citywide Action Team that officially launched in February 2022. The team came out of a successful campaign advocating for Eid to be added as a holiday to the DPSCD calendar. This year, the adult chairs and student members will be building out their first campaign.
Led by Mohammad Muntakim (email@example.com)
ENGAGED LEADERS INITIATING TOMORROW'S EDUCATION (ELITE)
The ELITE team is located in southwest Detroit and is supported by Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. They are currently focused on advocating for expanded mental health services and supports across DPSCD.
Led by Daisy Recinos (firstname.lastname@example.org)
JOIN IN TO REVITALIZE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD (JIRON)
JIRON (Join In to Revitalize Our Neighborhood) is supported by ACCESS, which has centers located in Dearborn, Sterling Heights, Ferndale, and Detroit. They are currently focused on advocating for expanded mental health services across DPSCD.
Led by Mariam Bazzi (email@example.com)
MI STUDENTS DREAM ACTION TEAM
MI Students Dream supports an action team in southwest Detroit that is currently advocating for an ethnic studies curriculum that would be used in all Detroit schools.
Led by Yvonne Navarete (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Matt Homrich-Knieling (email@example.com)
NORTHEAST EDUCATION ACTION TEAM (NEAT)
The NEAT (Northeast Education Action Team) is located on the east side of Detroit, and is supported by True Life Christian Ministries. They are currently focused on continuing their multi-year work on defining what safety looks like in schools, and advocating for an end to current practices and policies that make schools unsafe for students.
Led by Krystina Wilson-Kendrick (Krystina@482forward.org)
PADRES ORGANIZANDO DEMANDAN EDUCACIÓN REAL (PODER)
PODER (Padres Organizando Demandan Educación Real) is located in southwest Detroit, and is supported by Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation. They are currently focused on advocating for language accessibility for the hundreds of families across the district who need it for report cards, letters home, robocalls, events, board meetings, and much more.
Led by Cristal Rivas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TAKING ACTION FOR NUESTROS NIÑOS (TANN)
TANN (Taking Action for Nuestros Niños) is located in southwest Detroit, and is supported by Congress of Communities.They are currently focused on advocating for culturally competent mental health services for students across DPSCD.
Led by Cristian Aranda (email@example.com)
The FACT team focuses on research that seeds and supports our organizing campaigns.
Led by Imani Harris (Imani@482forward.org)
The LAW team tracks and analyzes legislation relevant to education justice, as well as engages with current electeds around our campaigns.
Led by Arlyssa Heard (Arlyssa@482forward.org)
The Talks team generates media to spread the word about our campaigns and educate the public about key issues.
Led by Imani Harris (Imani@482forward.org)
The Vote team engages our members and our communities to turn out informed voters in local, statewide, and federal elections.
Led by Jerrica Mickens (Jerrica@482forward.org)
ADULT ORGANIZING COLLECTIVE (AOC)
AOC is an application-based opportunity wherein AOC Fellows deepen their skills around organizing through hands-on work within our organization and monthly trainings.
Led by Staci Lowry (Staci@482forward.org)
MICHIGAN EDUCATION JUSTICE COALITION (MEJC)
MEJC is a statewide coalition led by 482Forward that is working to ensure ALL students in MI have equitable access to their educational needs.
Led by Trina Tocco (Trina@miedjustice.org)
YOUTH ORGANIZING COLLECTIVE (YOC)
The Youth Organizing Committee is made up of representatives from each youth action team, as well as direct members of 482Forward. They are currently focused on advocating for $100million that has been allocated to School Resource Officers and increased policing instead go toward more mental health counselors and supports in DPSCD schools.
Led by Juanita Zuniga (Juanita@482forward.org)