Charlotte Jacobs, Executive Director
The Girls Justice League (GJL) is excited to announce that Dr. Charlotte Jacobs, who has been actively involved in the organization for the past 4 years, has been selected as GJL’s first Executive Director! Charlotte will be leading the growth and development of Girls Justice League into its 5th year and beyond as it moves towards its goal of becoming a fully girl-run organization.
Charlotte has served in many critical roles in the organization from Co-Coordinator of the Saturday and Summer Institutes to most recently, Chair of the Board of Directors.
Charlotte played a pivotal role working with the girls to launch GJL’s first Turning Points Conference, a feminist and social justice conference planned by girls for girls. She also provided leadership to successfully launch Breaking the Silence Town Hall, a day-long event that brought together female identified young people, researchers, activists, policy makers to highlight gender-focused education and justice issues facing girls of color in Philadelphia. The event was organized in partnership with the African American Policy Forum, the Bread and Roses Community Fund, and several other local social justice-oriented organizations.
Charlotte recently earned her Ph.D. in education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests focus on issues of identity development and gender in education concerning adolescent girls of color, teacher education and diversity, and youth participatory action research. While at Penn, Charlotte has worked as a research assistant for the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, and was the chair of the Penn Summit on Black Girls and Women in Education event in May 2015, which featured keynote speaker, scholar, and activist Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw. Prior to graduate school, Charlotte was a 7th grade Humanities teacher in Chicago.
Charlotte’s passion for working with female identified young people and commitment to social justice issues will continue to support and drive forward GJL’s mission and vision of creating a space where girls come together to change the world.
Sarah Craig, Co-Coordinator
Sarah graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with B.A. in Science Technology and Society. Her major allowed her to explore the multidimensional relationship between society and technology and science, especially around gender, race and education. Sarah had the wonderful opportunity to be involved in facilitating uplifting and culturally competent programming with Ase Academy during her undergraduate career, and is so excited to get back into it as a co-coordinator with Girls Justice League.
Sarah currently works for Penn Residential & Hospitality Services, facilitating exemplary customer service for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents around housing and dining. While working full time, Sarah is enrolled in post-bac classes and will be starting the Masters of Liberal Arts program at Penn Liberal & Professional Studies in summer 2017. Sarah Identifies as a healer and hopes to start acupuncture school after finishing her MLA program.
Aurora Sanchez, Co-Coordinator
Aurora Sanchez is a Co-Coordinator for Girls Justice League, supporting female-identified youth to be leaders and organizers.
Through various Philadelphia nonprofits, Aurora has supported youth to build safe spaces, develop as leaders and support change in their communities for over a decade .
Aurora believes young women need more spaces to build community with one another and lend their strengths to creating a future where they can experience equality.
Aurora first encountered Girls Justice League volunteering at a Bread & Roses grant ceremony in 2014 where the young women enthusiastically shared their work and purpose of Girls Justice League. The youth's elan made an impression on Aurora, so she attended their Summer Institute Closing Ceremony. Seeing the young women work collaboratively to lead small groups of community members in conversations about gender, race, class and socioeconomic issues was so powerful for Aurora. She was enthralled, so she kept Girls Justice League close by inviting them to facilitate inclusion workshops for other youth and returning for the Summer Institute Closing Ceremony.
Aurora holds a Bachelors of Arts in Spanish Temple University.
Personal interests/favorites - making natural beauty products, processes for reflection, the wealth of arts and culture in Philadelphia, how woke Philadelphians strive to be, and the plethora of restaurants in Philly offering abundant deliciousness.
Mae Knight, Gender Justice Intern
Mae Knight is a Spring 2018 Gender Justice Intern responsible for helping with social media, GJL supporter recruitment, community outreach efforts, conduct an advocacy campaign, helping us rebrand GJL, and aid in planning the 2018 Summer Institute. They currently attend La Salle University majoring in Education. Mae is excited to learn more about the work being done to support the needs of girls in the Philadelphia area and care out an advocacy project around girls and school push-out, they also have several years experience working with young people, including as a classroom assistant, tutor, and education equity organizer. They also enjoy painting and going to open mics for fun!
Ramata Kaba, Gender Justice Intern
Ramata Kaba is a current a sophomore at Temple University majoring in Media Studies and Production. She enjoys all aspects of art, with a huge passion for photography, which she plans to use as a way to advocate for marginalized groups of people. She is extremely excited to be an intern for Girls Justice League and build connections with young women who experience similar struggles and are equally passionate about implementing social change.