Our Founding Members
(Lhundyn, Milan, Jonathan, De-De, Amhari, and Kenisha)
Our Advisory Board
Women With A Vision
Office of the New Orleans Independent Police Monitor
Racial Justice Action 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.
Anthoni (aka Kym)
Anthoni, also known as Kym, is BreakOUT!’s GSA Organizer and also coordinates BreakOUT!’s Posh Academy, a HiSET (formerly GED) program for LGBTQ youth who have been pushed out of New Orleans schools. Anthoni brings their experiences in food justice attending an educational program in the Lower 9th Ward that also provided young people experience working a farm and connecting with local groceries, as well as working as a parainstructor at the Youth Empowerment Project, before transitioning into the role of GSA Organizer. Anthoni represents the organization at the GSA National Gathering, Queer Youth Leading the South, and the Regional Organizing Convening, all of which are programs of the GSA Network. Anthoni graduated their GED program in just 3 months, and brings their direct experience as a student into their work coordinating a similar program for their peers.
Lhundyn is a Founding Member of BreakOUT!, active with the organization in various leadership capacities since 2011. She helped design and was the first graduate of the Building Our Power Institute, a 12-week long youth organizing and leadership development program for LGBTQ youth of color in New Orleans. Lhundyn also performed in the play Say My Name, Say My Name with Ping Chong + Company and has been instrumental in pushing the organization to do more member-led work, to look at housing as a key contributor to the criminalization of LGBTQ youth, and to start a BreakOUT! HiSET (formerly the GED) program now known as the Posh Academy. Lhundyn has represented BreakOUT! at the Unite To Fight Southern Movement Summer Organizing Drive with Project South and helped write the report, We Deserve Better: A report about policing in New Orleans by and for queer and trans youth of color. Lhundyn has participated in direct actions with BreakOUT! and the Congress of Day Laborers, including delivering the We Deserve Better report to the Mayor’s Office. She is currently working on her HiSET at the Posh Academy, organizing the Building Our Power Institute, and helping to coordinate BreakOUT!’s participation in the What’s Your Issue? national research project hosted by the City University of New York Graduate Center’s Public Science Project. Lhundyn is known to her peers as the “voice of the people” and enjoys healing and self-care.
Wes is the Founding Director of BreakOUT! and a 2011 Soros U.S. Justice Fellowship recipient. He previously served as the LGBTQ Youth Project Director at the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana (JJPL) where he authored the report, Locked Up & Out: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in Louisiana’s juvenile justice system. Wes also serves on the Advisory Board for the Equity Project, a national initiative to bring fairness and equity to LGBTQ youth in juvenile delinquency courts. At JJPL, he coordinated the investigation for a class-action lawsuit on behalf of youth detained in New Orleans and monitored the conditions of three state-run youth prisons in Louisiana. His essay, “’Rounding Up The Homosexuals’: The Impact of Juvenile Court on Queer and Trans/Gender Non-conforming Youth” is published in the anthology, Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. A native Southerner, Wes graduated with a degree in Gender Studies and African American Studies from Georgia State University and has organized across a span of social justice issues in Georgia, including organizing family members of incarcerated adults. His heart is in organizing around the intersections of race, class, and gender justice in the South. In 2014, Wes was honored to be named one of the Trans 100!
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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 Member Intern, currently 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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