Ayesha Hoda is a former NYC public middle school math teacher, youth leadership coordinator at SAYA (South Asian Youth Action), and GED (now TASC) teacher/program coordinator for formerly incarcerated youth at the Fortune Society. She has her Bachelors of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University and Her Master of Science in Education from Lehman College through the NYC Teach for America program. Ayesha has taught Specialized High School SHSAT prep courses with the test-prep company Antoine Education, and has extensive experience with after school tutoring in math and English at the middle school level. Ms. Hoda co-founded Justice by the Pen in 2011 and has trained facilitators and run Justice by the Pen youth workshops at various schools, community centers and non-profits over the past four years.
Bruce Bryant is a co-founder of the Civic-Duty Initiative, a volunteer movement that allows the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated to give back to low-income communities. Bruce is also the creator of the “Love Black Campaign”, a campaign designed to combat youth/gang violence by encouraging young people to love themselves. As author, Bruce co-authored the book, Closeness Is Not Measured by Distance, a journal created as a tool to enrich and develop a stronger relationship between a child/children and their incarcerated parent, and is the author of the play, “Just As Beautiful” that deals with the issues of childhood bullying. He graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelors in Behavioral Science, received his Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Sullivan Community College.
Hany Massoud is a TV producer for the independent radio & tv news program Democracy Now! Hany has traveled covering international breaking stories such as the Gaza flotilla, the 18 day uprising in Egypt, and the return of exiled presidents Aristide to Haiti and Manuel Zelaya to Honduras. Prior to Democracy Now!, Hany was Morning Chief Editor at KHOU, the Houston CBS affiliate, which he left to establish Press TV’s Bureau at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Hany uses his experience as a TV producer to develop programs that converge youth development with media literacy.