Meet Our Staff
Program Director Of Genesis 2
Ebony Harris is a native of Georgia and has always wanted to work in the nonprofit sector, and finally got her chance with the founding of ANEW BAM. She received her A.S in Pre-Nursing from Georgia Military College and is currently working on her B.S. in Nursing from Brenau University. She is also an active member of the Georgia National Guard, where she currently holds the rank of E-6 (Staff Sergeant). At a young age Ebony developed a strong sense of devotion for the non-profit sector as she witnessed the change some nonprofits had on urban neighborhoods. Growing up she witnessed the firsthand the detrimental effect violent domestic issues had on the community and made a vow that she one day she would help to end domestic violence and to empower its survivors. Also while serving in the military she saw the lack of help that veterans received upon returning, and the increased need for educating society on the growing issue of suicide amongst soldiers. These experiences made her want to devote her life’s work to helping veterans and victims of domestic abuse. Through The Genesis Foundation she hopes to improve the quality of life one program at a time.
My name is Isaiah Whitmore I am a junior at the University of Minnesota. I am majoring in family social science, in the college of education & human development. My plan after graduation is to lock on with a senator or state representative as a social worker, and do all I can to help shape laws & legislations that truly affect the inner city that has been neglected for so long. With this in mind Anew BAM has given me yet another avenue through which to experience what children go through, and how they can be allowed to succeed. Being apart of this process is a blessing & privileged that I have truly enjoyed thus far.
My name is Amira Warren, and I’m a Sophomore at the University of St. Thomas majoring in Communication of Journalism with a minor in Film Studies. I began teaching last winter with Twin Cities Mobile Jazz Project and continued through the summer teaching eighth grade social studies with Learning Works. I am excited for the opportunity to be a academic coach for ANEW BAM.
Saffiyah Al’aziz Muhammad
My name is Saffiyah Al’aziz Muhammad, and I am currently a senior at Central Senior High School. I am also apart of the Uhuru Youth Scholars that does community research & travel to different conferences to present the research. I am also one of the leaders and co-founders of Pan African Student Union at Central Senior High school. I have also done work with the NAACP St.Paul youth chapter. I am actively involved in the Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition. I am the Founder of the Sounds of Color Black History Show, and I continue to do organizing work within the community.
Executive Director of Anew Bam
Kevin co-founded ANEW BAM with Vanessa Young in 2013. Kevin Robinson is a native of South Minneapolis,MN. Kevin has previously worked as a family liaison in juvenile court system, also being apart of the Bradley County Juvenile Department of Children Services Board, from 2010-3013. Kevin has a Sociology degree from Cleveland State University, with a minor in youth development. Kevin closed his fitness business in 2012 because he believed that he was not making a difference with youth who are disenfranchised in the African American community. Kevin also works with Freedom School Express which an African American based literacy program. Kevin is honored to be the executive director of ANEW BAM and to help young scholars reach their full potential.
Vanessa Young – Co-Founder and Program Director of ANEW BAM. Vanessa is a graduate of Harding High School, and graduated from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Youth and Family Services. Vanessa is passionate about addressing inequities in education for students of color, which led her to co-found ANEW BAM with Kevin Robinson. Vanessa also volunteers for Freedom School Express, and Ujima faith-based pregnancy prevention program. Vanessa is a professional artist in theatre and poetry, and brings her experience as an artist, and her connections with the artist community to ANEW BAM. Vanessa is currently on the boards of Arts-Us Inc and Truth Preparatory Academies.
My name is Lyndora Turner and I have alot of experience working with African American youth through Freedom School, and also Junior Entrepreneurs (J.E.M) with the University of Minnesota. I am a proud graduate of the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts. I am currently continuing my education at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, pursuing a communications degree. I enjoy singing, public speaking, and working with youth.
My name is Kania Johnson, and I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m the oldest of 6 children, and I graduated from Sibley Senior High School with a 3.8 grade point average. I turned down a full ride athletic scholarship, for a academic scholarship, so I could attend the University of Missouri education program. I love pit bull puppies and I currently have one of my own. In my free time I love to read, paint, and cook. I’m currently a sophomore at the University of Missouri studying Education.h.
Annareese Brazil Sawyer
My name is Annareese Brazil Sawyer. I currently attend Humboldt Senior High School, and I am constantly on the honor roll. I’ve been involved in African American centred youth programs since I was in first grade (Project Spirit and Freedom School) . I have participated in numerous debate teams at my school, and also musical production. I am also currently involved in Breakthrough Twin Cities. My favorite subject in school is english because I love reading and literature. My hobbies are reading and playing Xbox. I have been apart of ANEW BAM since 8th grade, and I am excited for the opportunity to be a academic coach with ANEW BAM.