Trainers: Stephanie Yazgi and Coco Wheeler
May 6th, 2017 from 1 PM to 3 PM @ The Rudin Center at NYU
This training focused on how to become more politically aware and active—including connecting with your own values, learning what it means to show up for one another, and redefining what it means to be an activist in a modern, sustainable way.
Stephanie Yazgi is an experienced community organizer, political strategist, and coalition-builder. Yazgi currently works at the NYC Mayor's Office and is an adjunct professor. In previous positions, she has has worked in consulting, served as the Director of Strategic Organizing Initiatives at the Center for Popular Democracy and Campaign Director for UFCW's Walmart Free NYC initiative, and has extensive experience in state government. She has built a number of successful coalitions and campaigns, and has authored and facilitated numerous trainings on community, political and electoral organizing.
Coco Wheeler is a social worker, organizer, and Almodóvar enthusiast. In the past, Coco worked in juvenile 'justice' and foster care, focusing on young people who are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system — LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. Their organizing work centers on white anti-racist practice, as well as the development of safe and inclusive environments for queer young people. Currently, Coco works at Brooklyn Defender Services Family Defense Practice as a social worker and parent advocate.