Workshop 15
Landmark 1
Thur. 10:15-11:45 am

Session Description:

Let’s be real! The current model of mostly white adults teaching other adults how to interact with traumatized students of color isn’t a swift-moving archetype. If you want to deeply and quickly impact youth, consider using a transformational, young people-powered paradigm that incorporates the experiences, virtues and inner wisdom of the students who have actually experienced trauma. Renee, a dynamic African American heARTivist, is a poet, youth organizer, former award-winning journalist and now a doctoral student at the University of Oregon. Her trailblazing inquiry – and creative life work – uses research-informed methods of art and storytelling, trauma-informed practices, and socioemotional skill building (among other evidence-based approaches) to create a unique recipe that helps youth of color emerge out of hurting and toward hope. Her heart-centered process swiftly transforms young people from moving through the world as victims toward empowered, joyful leaders. Students also learn how to harness personal storytelling as an effective technique to inspire other youth and adults. Discover how this revolutionary model of I Am M.O.R.E. (Making Other Resiliency Experiences) puts youth front-and-center of the nationally growing T-I conversation and expands its paradigm even further: From “How Can I Help You?” to “How Can Youth Help Other Youth?”

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Why the Aboriginal phrase centers our practices.
  2. What is I Am M.O.R.E.?
  3. Bite-sized Trauma informed strategies you can easily replicate.


S. Renee Mitchell
Creative Revolutionist, Presenter/Visionary/heARTivist/Hope Raiser, I Am M.O.R.E. (Making Other Resiliency Experiences)

Renee Mitchell is an author and poet, curriculum designer, multi-media ARTivist, domestic- and sexual-abuse sur/thriver and founder of I Am M.O.R.E. (Making Other Resiliency Experiences), a youth- and heART-focused consulting firm in Portland. Renee is also a doctoral student (2021) at the University of Oregon, specializing in using creativity to heal from trauma. In her previous career, Renee spent 25 years as a newspaper journalist in Seattle, Orlando, Portland and Detroit, among other cities, and is most known for her years as a Metro columnist for The Oregonian, where she was nominated twice for the prestigious Pulitzer Prize.

Justice English
Co-founder, I Am M.O.R.E. (Making Other Resiliency Experiences)

Justice English is a teenage, social justice activist. She is the first in her family to attend college, after securing over $150,000 in academic scholarships. She now attends the University of Oregon where she majors in Journalism. Despite her age, Justice is a professional spoken word artist, who uses her experiences of trauma to empower others. She has been featured on the radio, television and on her high school’s web page three times. Justice is passionate about empowering youth voice and her long-term goal is to be an author, traveling the world and sharing many untold stories.