Benjie Howard / YES! co-founder: 

Benjie is also co-founder of New Wilderness Project, a musical performance group and an arts based education program focusing on developing youth leadership for equity and social justice.  Benjie is a Deep Equity consultant with Corwin Press. He is a touring singer-songwriter with 4 albums, including his collaborative 2015 release, BORDERLESS with Wade Colwell-Sandoval.  Benjie is a river guide and wilderness educator on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon where he has been designing and leading educational expeditions for teachers, leaders and youth since 1995.

Wade ANTONIO COLWELL / YES! co-founder :


Wade is a rising national voice for uplifting communities through relations across generation and difference. He is a devoted ARTivist, engaging through the creative modalities of music and lyricism, playnote/keynote presentation, restorative group facilitation, and socially-inspiring media production. He is Co-Creator of New Wilderness Project's touring performance Borderless. He is Co-Founder/MC of the group Funkamentalz, lead facilitator/consultant with Corwin Press (Deep Equity and Student Aspirations) and Lead Educator of Restorative Practices with NYC-based Counseling in Schools. Wade is also a founding poet laureate of TUSD's Raza Studies Department.

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