IN THE COMMUNITY
Dead center. Surrounded by young people. Simply listening. This is where Najee thrives. Najee has extensive experience working with youth in classrooms and non-traditional settings instructing poetry and performance workshops in New York City jails, juvenile justice facilities, and community based organizations. Primarily working with adolescents (ages 14-21), Najee uses the workshop space to nurture youth voices, reimagining poems as problem-solvers, a source of activism, and a space for freedom.
Najee has facilitated workshops, developed curriculum, and conducted professional development for the following sites/organizations: Rikers Island, Horizon & Crossroads Juvenile Centers, Good Shepherd Services, Center for Alternative Sentences and Employment Services, Center for Court Alternatives, and more.