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Wade Colwell

Wade Antonio Colwell gratefully serves geographically diverse school communities as a poet, author, teacher, songwriter, facilitator, mentor and performance artist. His passionate collaboration as Co-Founder of Youth Equity Stewardship (YES!) and national consultant for the Deep Equity professional development process with Corwin Press, is inspired by a growing social movement of collective reciprocity, where students, teachers, families, support staff, administrators and the community at large, realize the mutual benefit of healthy relationships, inclusive practices, and equitable educational environments. Over the years experiencing “creativity” as a powerful catalyst for institutional uplift, Wade strives to artfully integrate professional disciplines such as musical expression, restorative practices, humor, environmental advocacy, hip hop culture, multilingual communication, healing arts, visual and video aesthetics, cultural ceremony, improvisation, mass media analysis, movement/dance, technology, ethnic studies, and soundscape design into his work. Wade credits his mother Catalina, a painter & philosopher, and his father Paul, a musician & lyricist, with laying the foundation for his sustained enthusiasm as a learner.

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  • Boarderless Performance: Offers a live performance to any event connected to the following themes
    • Social Justice
    • Equity in Education
    • Youth Voices and Youth Leadership
    • Educational Leadership
    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Environmental Justice
    • Community Transformation
    • Immigration
    • School Reform
  • Creative Keynote Support: Offers performance elements to keynote speakers to lend a heartfelt opening to their talk. Supports speakers prior to an engagement to connect the musical pieces to the themes and topics of the talk.
  • Youth Leadership Conference: This workshop can design and deliver a youth component to any conference or institute connect to any of the themes mentioned above.
  • Youth Leadership Series (YES): This is a fully designed leadership program, program curriculum, and video series to work in house, in school districts, with middle and high school youth.  The end result being a leadership team highly motivated, and equipped with knowledge, skills, and relationships to take action in the district as leaders for positive change.  In the past these students have worked with teams of educators, have worked with peers, and worked with kids in elementary schools facilitating conversations and activities. 

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