Moving Beyond Moral/Ethical Performativity and into the Depths of Meaningful Social Transformation
Colorado Music Ambassador Stephen Brackett and YOR Program Director Brent Adams lead a 2-hour professional development workshop designed to offer insight into Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Education through the lens of music and the BIPOC artists who have beaten systemic injustice. Learn about YOR’s proven approach to increasing social-emotional skills, resiliency, academic success and achievement, post-secondary readiness and economic stability in young people living or going to school in historically under-resourced communities and schools. Workshop participants will be inspired to disrupt the status quo and enhance their DEI toolset to envision and implement academic programs that adequately engage and serve students in all realms of development and self-actualization.
Registration is encouraged to reserve a space as capacities are limited. Please contact Drea Edwards at 970 547 3116 ext 1 or email@example.com with questions.
Stephen Malloy Brackett has been rhyming words as a calling and profession for the last 12 years. He has toured the world with his band, Flobots, using music as a platform for engagement and collective empowerment. The band’s platinum hit, “Handlebars,” has allowed Stephen to share the stage with many of his heroes including Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Bernie Sanders, and Emily Keys.
His time as a philosophy student at Colorado State University nurtured his life-long love affair with the arts, education, and activism. Blending his passions, he co-founded the non-profit Youth on Record in 2008. Youth on Record exists to empower Colorado’s youth to achieve their academic, artistic, and personal best by employing local, professional artists as their educators. To date, Youth on Record has impacted the lives of thousands of young people and after 11 years serving on the Board of Directors, Stephen is proud to join the staff this year as Director of Special Programs.
Born and raised in Denver, he has seen a decline in arts education in the public school system, and is doing all he can at Youth on Record to ensure that all young people in Denver have the tools to tell their own story – be it through music production, lyric writing, poetry, spoken word or movement. Stephen is a driving force in curriculum development and program planning for Youth on Record.
Stephen comes from a family that set a precedent of using your gifts to benefit others. He gives credit to his mother, Ava Malloy Brackett, for setting a precedent that allowed no label to define her outcome. Stephen lives in his hometown of Denver, Colorado with his brilliant wife Jennifer, dog Scout, and beloved cat, Puma.
Brent Adams is a program director, educator, mentor, and community organizer from Denver, CO. As a program director, educator, and mentor he supervises and coaches programmatic staff at Youth on Record (YOR) in the practice of trauma-informed, liberatory, and engaged non-violent pedagogy.
Additionally, he ensures that YOR programs increasingly realize our mission and vision by centering social justice and anti-racism to empower students to take back their lives and communities. He does this by facilitating staff development in critical consciousness re race, class, gender, sexuality, and additional forms of social identity-based systems of oppression and resistance.
Finally, as a representative of Youth on Record, he co-develops and leads trainings and talks for educators, program staff, and administrators who serve young people (primarily in Music Education) in schools and organizations throughout Colorado and the U.S.
As a community organizer, Brent works with the Globeville, Elyria-Swansea (GES) Coalition as a member of the GES Community Land Trust (CLT) Transitional Advisory Board. His work there is to help secure health and housing justice in the face of environmental racism and neo-colonialism/gentrification in Globeville/Elyria/Swansea where he lives.
Brent understands his life’s purpose in terms of service and has made a life-long commitment to serving by working in solidarity with all those who struggle under the boot of white supremacist and hetero-patriarchal racial dictatorship in the U.S. He engages in his work at YOR as a means of working towards the end of that cultural, social, and economic domination.
Brent is formally trained in Political Science and Ethnic Studies. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Ethnic Studies and an M.A. in Ethnic Studies. Additionally, he has more than a decade of experience working towards social justice via education and most of his work has been directly related to resisting forces of race, class, and gender-based domination. His subject position is privileged and is that of a straight, white, culturally working-class but now financially middle-class, cisgender man in the US.
YOR’s education, music, and community programs are designed to help young people become more free, more rooted in their personal power, and better able to thrive in spite of systems and circumstances that dis-empower and marginalize them. YOR designs and implements strengths-based, music-centered programs intended to equip young people from historically under-resources communities with skills needed to find success in life by advancing their academic success, increasing their economic opportunities and career skills, and strengthening their community connections and networks.