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Maria Fernandez

Urban Youth Collaborative
Senior Coordinator
Maria Fernandez coordinates the Annenberg Institute’s support for the work of the Urban Youth Collaborative, a citywide coalition of youth organizing groups for comprehensive educational improvement in New York City. For the past nine years, she has been organizing young people around educational justice issues, including ending the criminalization and push-out of low-income students of color in New York City public schools; implementing positive alternatives to harsh disciplinary practices; developing alternatives to disruptive school closure policies; and training and developing school staff and administrations on youth leadership and transformative organizing, local school facility improvements, and developing community-based solutions to land use and development. In her time as Director of Sistas and Brothas United in the Bronx, she informed the development and direction of the Dignity In Schools Campaign – New York Chapter and the national Alliance for Educational Justice. She is also the co-founder and instructor for BronXchanges, a youth-led art and technology program for Bronx students interested in developing social change in their schools and communities through the arts.

My Speakers Sessions

Sunday, June 30
 

11:45am