Our Founding Members
(Lhundyn, Milan, Jonathan, De-De, Amhari, and Kenisha)
Our Advisory Board
New Orleans Workers Center
Jai’ Shavers is BreakOUT!’s Lead Organizer who leads BreakOUT!’s membership base in areas of campaign strategy development, member engagement and outreach. Originally from Baton Rouge, LA, Jai’ was a member at BreakOUT! before transitioning into a staff role through Louisiana Delta Service Corps and later into a leadership role as Lead Organizer. Also an active member of the New Orleans chapter of the Black Youth Project 100, Jai’ has organized several youth-led rallies and marches in New Orleans, met with City Council members and other local decision-makers about policy reforms, and even traveled to the White House to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ youth of color with the President’s 21st Century Taskforce on Policing and LGBTQ federal advisory committees. Launching Hearts for the Arts while in high school, an organization that connected social justice issues with cultural organizing, Jai’ is a firm believer in the power of the arts and creative expression for social change.
Kwan Moonlite is the Healing Justice Organizer at BreakOUT! Originally from New Orleans, Moon joined BreakOUT! as a youth member and graduated the Building Our Power Institute (BOP), a 12 week long youth organizing and political education cohort for LGBTQ youth of color at BreakOUT! After graduation, she was hired to organize the next cohort as the first BOP Intern. Following her internship, she was hired as the Healing Justice Organizer at BreakOUT! where they now coordinate healing and wellness work at the organization and works to integrate a healing justice analysis into the organization’s campaigns and movement building work. A self-identified witch and healer, Moon is committed to making healing practices accessible for everyone and leaning on the practices that young people and community have successfully utilized for generations to survive. Moonlite enjoys working with crystals, herbs and other natural remedies, and believes in the power of LGBTQ youth’s innate magic within as a revolutionary force. Kwan has also served as a Peer Researcher for the What’s Your Issue? Project, a national participatory action research project for LGBTQ youth and has been active in all of BreakOUT!’s campaigns to end criminalization.
Arely Westley is BreakOUT!’s Youth Organizer dedicated to the Vice to ICE Campaign and growing the organization’s Latinx LGBTQ youth base. Arely graduate the Building Our Power Institute at BreakOUT! as a member before coming on to staff in 2016. Arely graduated the Strive NOLA job training program in 2016, was accepted into the Youth Champions Initiative of Rise Up and the Packard Foundation in 2017, and honored as a Community Leader by Miss Primavera Latinx pageant in 2016. An active member of the Congress of Day Laborers Arely is dedicated to the movement for liberation in all aspects of her life.
Co’Bella Monroe is BreakOUT!’s GSA Coordinator, currently responsible for organizing safety and liberation for queer and trans youth inside and outside of schools. Formerly our Member Coordinator who was responsible for organizing the Building Our Power (BOP) Institute, a 12-week long youth organizing and political education program for LGBTQ youth of color. A graduate of the BOP Institute herself, Co has participated in all of BreakOUT!’s campaigns to end criminalization since coming to the organization at 17 years old. An advocate for transgender youth, Co started a GSA at her high school which continues to this day. Co is adventurous, goofy, and passionate about fashion and healing her community through popular education.
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Shaquita is the Leadership Development & Training Coordinator at BreakOUT!. Shaquita is a black queer multifaceted natural born leader with a sunny disposition and a thirst for the liberation for QT poc folks. Shaquita has been involved in movement work in various capacities since the age of 16. As a survivor of various forms of violence and oppression Shaquita has spent majority of her youth and all of her adult life working to end violence against Queer folks and black women and girls through empowerment, healing, education, and self love. Shaquita has been a very important part of creating and maintaining youth programming. Shaquita lives in New Orleans with her two kitten babies, Meeri Love and Mari revolution.
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Collette Carter has always been passionate about two things. Art and community building. While she has been a part of social justice organizing, serving in various positions (paid and unpaid) over the last 20 years, with organizations such as African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change, The Disability Justice Collective, and The Audre Lorde Project. Carter has also built community through stage management, collaborating with writers such as Sister Triad, and small film projects. Carter has also fused her creativity and analytical side by working to understand the unconventional needs of grassroots organizing who both sustain communities targeted by systemic bias and violence while creating access for our same communities to leverage social change.
Isa Noyola is a Latina transgender activist and national leader in the LGBT immigrant rights movement. She is the Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center. The country’s largest trans led national organization that changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. In 2015 she organized the first national trans anti-violence convening, an event that brought together over 100 activists, mostly trans women of color, to address the epidemic of violence trans communities face. Isa is also one of the foremost experts on the experiences of trans communities, particularly that of trans women of color, within the prison and immigration enforcement systems in the US. She works extensively for the release of transgender women from ICE detention and an end to all deportations. She recently was named as one of the world’s most qualified women fighting for gender equality and top 50 Woman Visionaries from Quartz Magazine online campaign How We’ll Win.