November 10 - 13, 2021 Wednesday to Saturday via hopin.to
100% Virtual Conference
CYP Con is a four day virtual learning experience designed to equip co-conspirators with actionable strategies to overcome the challenges faced living into the work of anti-racism.
This isn’t your typical conference. This is an immersive experience designed to inform, inspire, support and guide you to live into the work of anti-racism.
Tune in anywhere worldwide
and experience everything that makes
CYP Con unique —
from art, movement, music,
, and more—
all from the comfort of your own home.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Four days of a virtual learning experience.
Get to know our 2021 guides
Awa Mally (Panelist)
Awa Mally is a Togolese-American photographer, production assistant, and creative based in the Twin Cities. A driven artist, she aims to reflect the truth of her photographic subjects and the depth of their identity and experiences.
is a psychic channel, spiritual guide/teacher, entrepreneur, and your favorite Human Design bae. The work she does in the world is about transformation. She offers people a deeper look into themselves, helping them re-frame who they are, and clarify where and why they belong. She does this through spiritual self-development, Human Design, astrology, and metaphysics. She’s also the host of the Is My Aura On Straight Podcast.
is a mother, educator and entrepreneur living in the SF Bay Area. She began a career in education over 14 years ago in an effort to give back to her community and equip young people with the tools and skills necessary to create freedom and independence for themselves. Brandy is a seeker of both knowledge and empowerment. A serial entrepreneur, she coaches individuals on how to live their best life in real life through robust accountability. She is the creator of The Black Market Skincare and the host of her own podcast The Brandy Was Here Podcast.
Constanza Eliana Chinea
is a Brown Latinx anti-racism educator, decolonization advocate, producer, and certified Yoga instructor who has over 10 years of experience in the wellness industry and over 400 hours of training in Yoga, trauma, and anti-racism. She began teaching and consulting after noticing a need for diversity and representation in the wellness industry. She now teaches Yoga teachers/practitioners and wellness entrepreneurs how to decolonize their practices, create equity for teachers of color, and build inclusive spaces in the community.
She has been featured in Well + Good, Speaking of Racism podcast, Yoga Journal, The Rising Woman Project, and many more. She is the creator of trainings like Embody Inclusivity and Unpacking Spiritual Bypass, and is the host of Decolonizing Yoga & Wellness, a web series featuring BIPOC leaders of color who are taking up space in the wellness industry.
She is currently the Founder of Embody Inclusivity and Project Manager of Legacy Trips.
Corey Evan Leak
Corey Evan Leak is a husband married to his best friend, a father to three amazing daughters and living in the Bay Area of California. He is also a writer, artist, communicator and founder/host of the Existential Podcast. He has been invited to speak about social issues in various venues such as: SJSU, high schools, churches, local businesses and the Bay Area Q Commons event. Corey uses social media to facilitate important conversations about the obstacles this country faces in becoming a more just society. He has met with community organizers, artists, writers, and faith leaders to help formulate plans and actions aimed at promoting justice and dignity for all ethnicities.
Entrepreneur, advocate, strategist
Dyan Edwards is a multi industry entrepreneur. She specializes in coaching other entrepreneurs to thrive in life and business. She is an advocate for Mindset Mastery as a catalyst for change.
More of Dyan’s work: https://www.patreon.com/dyanedwards
J. S. Park is a hospital chaplain, published author, viral blogger, and teaching pastor. For over six years he has been an interfaith chaplain at a 1000+ bed hospital that is designated a Level 1 Trauma Center. His role includes grief counseling, attending every death, every trauma and Code Blue, staff care, and supporting end-of-life care. He also served for three years as a chaplain at one of the largest nonprofit charities for the homeless on the east coast.
J. S. has a MDiv completed in 2010 and a BA in Psychology. He also has a sixth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is the author of The Voices We Carry: Finding Your One True Voice in a World of Clamor and Noise (published by Northfield).
J. S. currently lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife, a nurse practitioner, and his one year old daughter and adopted dog.
Jacari Harris is the founder of Families for All, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving foster and adopted youth. A sought-after speaker, he shares a message of inspiration with the goal of helping others realize that they too can rise above the losses of life and be found anew. He finds delight in helping people understand their true purpose.
Jamal Taylor is an activist and advocate based in Louisiana. Jamal is also working to end racism as an educator in the space. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that police brutality ends across the State of Louisiana. He is an accomplished speaker that has been interviewed by the NY Times, People Magazine, People TV, Dr. Oz, and many other national outlets. Jamal believes in the power of collective organizing and has facilitated several protests across the state. Most notably he is the advocate for the family of Quawan Charles, a 15-year old boy found dead in a sugar cane ditch in Louisiana. He frequently says that when we stand we give subconscious permission for others to stand with us.
Jay-Marie is a Black, Boricua y White Masculine, Queer Woman, born and raised in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of Stanford University (B.A) in Theater and Performance Studies and the University of Southern California (M.A., Teaching). In all of her work – as a teacher, mentor, arts administrator, and artist – she seeks to support artists and organizations that further her desire to help Youth and People of Color feel empowered to take on the task of healing and transforming their communities and our world.
Having worked with several different arts organizations in the Bay Area, Jay-Marie always leaves a mark of professionalism, deep relationships, and fun in her wake. Her participation in the invite-only Brown Boi Project in 2010 – a national leadership development program for Masculine of Center People of Color – helped re-ground her focus in a desire to elevate Art and Blackness as a tactic to achieve liberation for people of all backgrounds. She found that in her current position at Robert Moses’ Kin and resonates deeply with RMK’s mission: to create phenomenal art that – rather than look beyond the differences that make us human – both recognizes and celebrates them.
Jen Kinney is a writer, podcaster, peacemaker, and disruptor who spent 15 years working in anti-trafficking, including communications for a non-profit anti-trafficking organization in Asia. After living in China for five years, Jen returned to the US with her family and created a community conversation project aimed at bringing people together around difficult topics called, “Food For Thought Dinner Parties.” In 2012, after the killing of Trayvon Martin, she began digging deeper into the topic of race in the US, thus starting her journey into anti-racism. On this journey, Jen discovered her love for podcasting and has started several podcasts, including her current project Story Power Podcast. Jen believes in the power of story to change the world and finds immense purpose and joy in the collective movement toward co-liberation.
Juliet Diaz is a Bruja, Seer, and Spiritual activist. She's an Indigenous Taino Cubana from a long line of curanderos (Healers) and Brujas on both sides of her parents' lineages. She believes Magic lives within us all and feels passionately about inspiring others to step into their truth and waking to their remembrance. Juliet has devoted her life to helping people come back to their Divine Self and liberate themselves from the oppressor within. She's the creator of Love Juliet & Co, her brand, APP, and online membership community. Co-founder of Bewitched Living. Juliet has a Master's of Science in Herbal Medicine as well as countless certifications in an array of healing modalities.
Kathy Khang is a writer, speaker, and yoga teacher.
She is the author of Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent & How to Speak Up (IV Press, 2018), a contributing editor for Sojourners magazine, the coauthor of More Than Serving Tea (IV Press, 2006), and the author of Alabaster Guided Meditations, Psalms Vol. 1 and 2 (IV Press, 2020). She also serves as the board chair for Christians for Social Action.
Ms. Khang was a newspaper reporter in Green Bay and Milwaukee, WI before spending more than two decades in vocational ministry where she focused on leadership development and training leaders in diversity and justice. She holds a BS in journalism from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
She is based in the north suburbs of Chicago and is honored to be mom to three incredible young adults. Ms. Khang blogs at www.kathykhang.com, is on Twitter and Instagram as @mskathykhang, and posts at www.facebook.com/kathykhangauthor.
Kenda Zellner-Smith (Panelist)
Life-long Southsider and founder of Save the Boards Minneapolis, Kenda Zellner-Smith has contributed to the preservation work of over 800 plywood boards and murals created after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Kenda is excited to begin exploring Augmented and Virtual Reality as another means of facilitating conversations focused on the significance and power of protest and street art. She believes this can be done by creating intentional virtual spaces and experiences where the boards and murals of Minneapolis can exist, long after the physical pieces deteriorate and or transition into their next phase of life.
Kina Reed is a Communication educator, practitioner, and community advocate. She is the creator and curator of Hey Sis, The AntiBlackness Reader Project, and Hug Your White Friends.
KoKou Kah (Panelist)
A Liberian-American True Fusion Artist raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They write lyrics filled with life experiences as a civil war survivor, at-risk homeless youth, college graduate, receiver of racism, and mental health therapy recipient. Every beat you find Kokou on will make you want to dance and his lyrics will take you into a journey of his life not far removed from your own. Kokou’s brand is Ubuntu, which means "I am because you are." They envision breaking barriers between people with their truth-telling songs. Kokou lives out Ubuntu by partnering with Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) since 2020.
They created Cazual Citizens @cazualcitizens, a nonprofit focused on providing resources for creative youth, ages 12-22 years old, who do not have equitable access to music education and mentorship, recording and studio equipment, and other performance opportunities.
Lettie Gore is a Black woman, historian, antiracism educator, and facilitator in Southeastern North Carolina. She is the host of her podcast, “Sincerely, Lettie”, where she educates about history and bridges the past to the present, she discusses racial and social issues, and she doesn’t hold back the truth with hard topics and tough conversations.
Lettie received her MA in History in 2015 where she focused on American history and specialized in Black history and race studies. She also received her MA in Conflict Management & Resolution earlier this year which equipped her with skills to effectively communicate to reach solutions and engagement, mediate and facilitate, and contributed greatly to her work as both a historian and antiracism educator.
Lettie is involved with projects in her local community and is a leading voice when it come to racial justice and history education. One project is through the Equal Justice Initiative, she serves on two boards, and has been in news stories and articles. Lettie has been featured on podcasts, including Speaking of Racism, Her Story Speaks, Existential, The Safe Haven, Co-Conspired Conversations, and According to Weeze.
Mary Fashik (she/her) is a Lebanese born, queer disability rights activist, author, public speaker, and workshop facilitator.
In 2019, she founded Upgrade Accessibility (@UpgradeAccessibility on Instagram and Facebook), a movement designed to challenge today’s accessibility standards. Since its inception, the movement has grown and broadened its spectrum to include disability rights, intersectionality, disability justice, equity and unequivocally supports Black Lives Matter/Black Disabled Lives Matter.
Through a variety of workshops and trainings, Mary helps companies understand how deeply rooted ableism is in their organizational structure and how to implement important changes.
She strives daily to shed light on issues affecting those in the disabled/chronically ill community, particularly those that affect multi-marginalized members of the community.
She was recently named an honoree on Diversability’s D-30 Disability Impact List.
Entrepreneur, mom, creative
Mitzi is the founder of The Creative Spark LLC. She has worked in the community of San Francisco focusing on youth and women empowerment, including the YMCA and Mission Girls. Her passion for art and music led her to creating events at Neck of the Woods and Alena Museum. With The Creative Spark LLC, she continues to find creative solutions for the people that motivate her.
More of Mitzi’s work: https://www.thecreativespark.space/
Myisha T. Hill
Founder of the Check Your Privilege organization and contributor and Editor of the Check Your Privilege anthology, Myisha T is a human-design generator and MBTi ENFJ with action-oriented justice in her blood. A single mom of 3 differently abled children, Myisha is also a mental health advocate and social entrepreneur. An advocate for healing and social transformation, Myisha continues to center the work of Check Your Privilege from a mental health perspective, using self-compassion practices and reflection to help white folx step back, reflect, and compassionately dismantle their relationship with power, privilege, and oppression.
When she's not guiding the practice of those engaged with Check Your Privilege, Myisha lives her role as a mental health advocate to facilitate wellness workshops and peer support groups with black, brown and indgenious womxn through a restorative justice project she founded and sponsors called, Brown Sisters Speak.
Nima Mohamed is a trilingual Black Muslim woman born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. She has spent the last 10+ years leading and educating on Racial Justice. She has lead racial justice work in pretty much every kind of environment and industry: from supporting solopreneurs and small non-profits in their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, to training up executive leaders and managers at new startups and multimillion-dollar companies. She worked for Apple for 5 years, trained executive leaders at SurveyMonkey and so much more.
In addition to her decade long professional career as an equity and inclusion leader, she has also spent her entire adult life in front lines of grassroots, community activism fighting back against anti-Black violence.
Obi Original (Panelist)
A Minneapolis-based Nigerian producer & artist. Being surrounded by music all his life, he finds inspiration from all genres, yet fiercely believes that Africa is the home of music, causing him to form Ozone Creations. The thought of creating a home for afro-fusion within the United States has been a dream for him and he is ecstatic to show the world what he and others are capable of creating.
Rebekah “Bex” Borucki, founder of BexLife® and Row House Publishing, is a mother of five, a meditation guide, a birth doula, a mentor for creative healers, and an author and publisher of books for big and little readers.
She has taught meditation as a profound act of self-care that can be executed effortlessly and effectively to hundreds of thousands of individuals online and in live workshops for more than a decade. Because Rebekah believes that wellness is a social and racial justice issue, her mission has been and will always be to make mental-health support and stress-management tools accessible to all, but especially to the most vulnerable among us.
As a mentor to creative healers, Rebekah guides her clients to create books and brand presences from the ground up and the heart outward. Her clients have gone on to receive publishing contracts with major houses like Simon & Schuster and Hay House. Rebekah is published by Hay House, the Quarto Publishing Group, and her own imprint, Wheat Penny Press, a children’s imprint of Row House Publishing, which she founded in 2020.
Community service is also an important aspect of Rebekah’s work. She is also the founder of the WPP Little Readers Big Change Initiative, Inc., a publicly-funded 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit, which provides free books, mental wellness tools, and writing workshops for students in grades PreK-8, public libraries, and community organizations.
IG: @bexlife and @rowhousepub
Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!
Cal Alumni, Boxing Enthusiast (& Participant!), Music Junkie, Coffee Aficionado, Book Worm & Beach Baby.
Weeze has made it her mission to hold the torch and lead folks on their decolonization and anti-racism journey. You cannot create an equitable, diverse and inclusive society without decolonization and teaching and empowering individuals to walk in their purpose and power.
Zoe Arp is a Level 3 Medical Fascial Stretch Specialist, FST Certified Lifestretch Instructor, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, ACE Personal Training Certification Course, Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner, ABMP Certified Bodywork Therapist, Sports and ABMP Certified Massage Therapist. She has also done specific study & practice on the Fascial System (think the intelligent tissue that connects everything else in our bodies, minds & spirits. She graduated from Central Maryland School of Massage in Frederick, MD in May 2010. Since then, she has continued to expand her knowledge & experience by getting certified in Fascial Stretch Therapy, Anatomy Trains, an ongoing commitment to guided Anti-Racism training & practice as well as a focused commitment to the study of our fascia & trauma. She has honed her abilities to see systemic patterns whether in the body or society. She uses her ability to listen, sense & see her clients along with her recognition of patterns within the system to create an individualized plan for each client, individual, organization or community to help them learn to come back to a place of maximum efficiency and comfort.