Sat June 3 at 3PM | Peace Café: Literature and Conflict featuring the Free Minds Book Club: Mbachur
Mbachur Mbenga is a DC native and recent graduate of CUNY Brooklyn College with a BA in Children and Youth Studies. Mbachur began as an intern with Free Minds in 2013 through the Urban Alliance Foundation, and left for school in New York that winter. She has three years of teaching and advocacy experience in the New York City Department of Education, and is a spokeswoman for the Urban Teaching Fellows in Brooklyn, New York. Mbachur has given two speeches at the United Nations on Education and Equality for Women and Girls, and on the The School-to-Prison-Pipeline and how it effects Black children in the Urban Education System. Mbachur brings experience of evaluating the social and emotional development of youth, mostly from marginalized communities, all while displaying cultural competency, and community engagement.
Terrell Branham is a DC native and Free Minds member who now works full time in the Free Minds office. He first joined Free Minds when he was 16 years old and charged and incarcerated as an adult at the DC Jail. Terrell returned to DC in 2016 after 6 years in prison, and completed the Free Minds Job Readiness and Personal Skill Building Apprenticeship. In 2017, he graduated from the DC Department of Employment Services Career Connections program, a work readiness program with individualized job coaching, and joined the Free Minds staff as Reentry Assistant. He helps coordinate and facilitate Reentry Book Club programming, and serves as Lead Poet Ambassador in the community outreach program On The Same Page.