Executive Director Kevin Robinson is South Minneapolis native, with degree in Sociology, and minors in youth development and deviant behavior. Prior to co- founding ANEW BAM, Kevin work as a parent liaison for the Juvenile Court System, and sat on the board of department of children services. Kevin is an avid reader and die hard fan of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Twins, and Vikings.
Director of Programming & PolicyVanessa 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 is a professional theatre artist
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Academic CoachI’m a current freshman at Hamline University majoring in Philosophy and Education. I like to run, do art, and creative writing. I’m originally from Chicago, IL. My goals after Hamline include attending grad school and becoming a philosophy professor or educational lobbyist.
I was interested in working at ANEW BAM because I wanted a learning and educational purpose to teach students-so this is a great opportunity.
Lead Site Coordinator
I have always been intrigued by the idea of helping our youth become active role models in society. When I moved to Minnesota from Illinois about a year ago, I wanted to find a way to help our youth become more engaged in their education. I was introduced to ANEW BAM through my daughter’s elementary school and I immediately enrolled her into their after-school program. Some time after that, I became employed as a Lead Site Coordinator and I humbly accepted the position and I look forward to empowering, educating and enlightening our young scholars!
Transportation CoordinatorI’m originally from St Louis Missouri and have been a Minnesota resident for 20 years. I have 3 children in every age group. I love working with children. I work with children at Fairview Hospital. I am pursuing a nursing license soon.
Site CoordinatorI am a site coordinator at the Dayton’s Bluff site for ANEW Bam, I’m also a college student at Concordia St.paul and I study computer science. Favourite things to do in my free time are binge-watching game of thrones, napping and watching makeup videos on youtube.
Director of Marketing & CommunicationAnastasia Hill has worked with marginalized families for the past 5+ years that have experienced traumas that affect their confidence and socio economic status. She is excited to continue her work at ANEW BAM by joining a team that combats all the negative narratives and stereotypes surrounding our youth, families, and communities. She holds a Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree with a focus in Sociology, Political Science, and Religious Studies from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is excited for the continued opportunity to Empower, Educate, and Enlighten families and communities.
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Academic CoachI am a current senior at City Academy High School. I love writing music, playing basketball, and reciting poetry. I am From MN and my goals after school is to become a professional music artist and a business owner. I chose to work at ANEW BAM because I like kids and I want to be an example for them.
Site CoordinatorI am a current senior at City Academy High School. I love writing music, playing basketball, and reciting poetry. I am From MN and my goals after school is to become a professional music artist and a business owner. I chose to work at ANEW BAM because I like kids and I want to be an example for them.
Academic CoachI was born in St Paul, Minnesota and raised in Farmington, Minnesota. I am 20 years old. I am a sophomore at Hamline University majoring in Finance. I plan to pursue a position as an analyst until I can start my own business helping new incoming immigrants with finances. I wanted to work at ANEW BAM because of my love for learning and wanting to help young kids find that love for learning.
Susannah Fujimoto Harris
Director of Curriculum & Professional DevelopmentSusannah Harris is the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development for ANEW Black Arts Movement (ANEW BAM). She previously worked for Minneapolis Public Schools’ Elementary Literacy team where she coordinated district-wide community literacy projects and wrote cross-disciplinary thematic curriculum for the Focused Instruction teaching strategy. Most recently, Ms. Harris finished the four-year U.S. Department of Education funded grant program, DigitalWorks, at Saint Paul Public Schools as the Lead Elementary Arts Specialist. Ms. Harris received her master’s degree in Elementary Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.
Susannah likes her dog, cat, sushi, traveling, and audiobooks.
Academic CoachI am a junior at St Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts. Since 8 years old I have been in dance competitions. I want to attend a HBCU after high school and become a doctor and minor in dance. . I am the oldest of 3 children. I like working with children and helping them grow over time.
Academic CoachA Minnesota native with a passion for empowering youth. She has a Bachelors of science in human services and a licensed life insurance agent. She has been working in the community for many years, and recently established an enrichment program called “Let’s Be Ladies” She is an energetic volunteer that kids gravitate to and connect with easily.