Youth and Media Mentors are close friends, collaborators, and trusted voices that bring insight from vantage points in law, communication, journalism, youth development, and social justice work, among other areas, to critically inform the direction of Youth and Media. The diversity of the Mentors’ perspectives suits the style of Youth and Media – eclecticism is a key feature of our intellectual and programmatic agenda. We strive to complete a feedback loop between researchers, policymakers, and practitioners, all while empowering youth to direct our research and teaching efforts. As such, diverse voices and insights shed much insight on how to integrate and realize our goals. Our Mentors currently include:
Jeigh Billingy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker. Jeigh completed studies as an Emergency Medical Technician. Jeigh then obtained a dualist practice Masters of Social Work with an emphasis in Trauma and Emergency Management. Jeigh works therapeutically with at- risk and traumatized youth and families. She develops skill based psychoeducational groups and workshops relating to wellness and well-being with a diverse and cultural lens. Jeigh also founded and runs a non-profit that merges content and media creation with therapeutic intervention. Jeigh is passionate about youth, trauma, and media education. Jeigh works from a grassroots level to engage multicultural and culturally relevant community strategies for intervention, representation, and social justice with a trauma focused lens.
Sabelo‘s work is at the intersection of ethics, technology, and human rights with a focus on the global south and racialized communities. His research on ubuntu ethics advocates for meaningful inclusion and participation of youth and children. More information about Sabelo can be found here: https://cyber.harvard.edu/people/sabelo-mhlambi