Youth Programs Coordinator, Rhode Island for Community and Justice
Rebecca Kerner has always been passionate about social justice work. In her youth she participated in national and regional DEI conferences (AISNE and SDLC) where she gained skills in facilitating complex and empathic dialogue around issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender and inclusion. During her time as a Residential Life Assistant, Teaching Assistant, and internships in the Admissions and Major Gifts offices at Wheaton College (MA) she discovered her passions for teaching, community-building and fundraising She graduated with a BA in Anthropology in 2017. After serving in AmeriCorps for over a year, Rebecca chose to continue her work in the nonprofit world by taking on a role as Youth Programs Coordinator at Rhode Island for Community and Justice. In her current role Rebecca recruits and trains talented inner-city Rhode Island high school students to serve as youth action coordinators and facilitators for DEI empowerment workshops. Rebecca oversees the after school Youth Action Council during the school year and during the summer runs the Youth Facilitating for Change program. She also mentors high school and AmeriCorps interns. Her other areas of responsibility include grant writing, fundraising, and social media publicity for RICJ events. Rebecca hopes to eventually create a hub for non-profit organizations involved in social justice work to coordinate and share resources to reduce competition and to maximize community impact. Being kind and having an open mind is how Rebecca believes the world can change for the better. She practices acts of kindness when she is able to and never shuts down the opportunity to have conversations with people who are different.