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STEPHANIE BEGUN

My experience as a community organizer and policy analyst in the reproductive justice field inspired me to become a social work researcher, educator, and advocate. My research focuses on improving family planning access, education, and outcomes among youth. Young people face a lot of big challenges, but my work with and alongside youth is fueled by their resilience, creativity, and unique capacities to transcend their lived experiences and circumstances. I love working on projects that do not actually feel like research, and especially ones that ignite youth-led social change through art, prototyping, and storytelling. When I’m not doing this, I love swimming, watching NCAA hoops, and playing trivia with my family.

STEPHANIE BEGUN

My experience as a community organizer and policy analyst in the reproductive justice field inspired me to become a social work researcher, educator, and advocate. My research focuses on improving family planning access, education, and outcomes among youth. Young people face a lot of big challenges, but my work with and alongside youth is fueled by their resilience, creativity, and unique capacities to transcend their lived experiences and circumstances. I love working on projects that do not actually feel like research, and especially ones that ignite youth-led social change through art, prototyping, and storytelling. When I’m not doing this, I love swimming, watching NCAA hoops, and playing trivia with my family.

BRYN KING

After 16 years working in the field, including running a residential program for adolescent girls in the justice and child welfare systems, I had persistent questions about why these systems function the way they do and how their policies and practices really impact young people. My research focuses on understanding how youth and families move through child welfare systems, how child welfare involvement shapes outcomes, and how that varies by race and other circumstances. I believe that answering these questions is fundamental to achieving justice for children and youth. I have always lived in a city (Brooklyn, LA, San Francisco, Toronto), and I like data and charts, sci-fi, and doing crafts with my six year-old.

BRYN KING

After 16 years working in the field, including running a residential program for adolescent girls in the justice and child welfare systems, I had persistent questions about why these systems function the way they do and how their policies and practices really impact young people. My research focuses on understanding how youth and families move through child welfare systems, how child welfare involvement shapes outcomes, and how that varies by race and other circumstances. I believe that answering these questions is fundamental to achieving justice for children and youth. I have always lived in a city (Brooklyn, LA, San Francisco, Toronto), and I like data and cha

TRAVONNE EDWARDS

My passion for supporting young people overcome systemic injustices arose from my own experiences as a Black male navigating the education system and professional practice experiences as a child and youth worker in the education, residential, homelessness, mental health and community sectors. Realizing the importance of policy in determining and guiding best practices, I decided to pursue my PhD in Social Work at the University of Toronto, in hopes of influencing policy level decisions that shape the everyday experiences of Black, Indigenous and other young people broadly. On my spare time I love to collect sneakers and watch anime with friends.

TRAVONNE EDWARDS

My passion for supporting young people overcome systemic injustices arose from my own experiences as a Black male navigating the education system and professional practice experiences as a child and youth worker in the education, residential, homelessness, mental health and community sectors. Realizing the importance of policy in determining and guiding best practices, I decided to pursue my PhD in Social Work at the University of Toronto, in hopes of influencing policy level decisions that shape the everyday experiences of Black, Indigenous and other young people broadly. On my spare time I love to collect sneakers and watch anime with friends.

CAMILLE BAUTISTA

Working with and supporting youth has always been a passion of mine. Beginning with my own experiences as a woman of colour from a racialized community to my work with children and youth at various summer camps and non-profits, I have seen the need for more diverse practitioners and the importance of youth voices in research. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Child and Youth Care at Humber and hope to attend grad school in the future to focus my work in research and policy. During my free time I’m a big reader, skateboarder and loving pet mama.

KRYSTA COOKE

My career started in communications, but I transitioned into community & grassroots focused work because of the impact that could be achieved when communities held the power to facilitate the change they wanted to see. My interests focus on youth involved in public systems, mostly regarding the connection between justice and education, community violence and resilience, and working on programs that empower youth to see the power of their potential. My goal is to pursue a PhD to be a part of the necessary change needed in policies, research and programs that adversely impact youth. When I’m not working, you can find me watching sports (S/O TFC and Raider Nation), eating my way through Toronto restaurants, or being outdoors with my partner and our Spanish Mastiff Tulo. 

KRYSTA COOKE

My career started in communications, but I transitioned into community & grassroots focused work because of the impact that could be achieved when communities held the power to facilitate the change they wanted to see. My interests focus on youth involved in public systems, mostly regarding the connection between justice and education, community violence and resilience, and working on programs that empower youth to see the power of their potential. My goal is to pursue a PhD to be a part of the necessary change needed in policies, research and programs that adversely impact youth. When I’m not working, you can find me watching sports (S/O TFC and Raider Nation), eating my way through Toronto restaurants, or being outdoors with my partner and our Spanish Mastiff Tulo. 

CAMILLE BAUTISTA

Working with and supporting youth has always been a passion of mine. Beginning with my own experiences as a person of colour from a racialized community to my work with children and youth at various summer camps and non-profits, I have seen the need for more diverse practitioners and the importance of youth voices in research. I am currently pursuing my Bachelor of Child and Youth Care at Humber and hope to attend grad school in the future to focus my work in research and policy. During my free time I’m a big reader, skateboarder and loving pet mama.