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October 2017: Teresa Guaba, Preetilata Hashemi, Ed German and Akeem Speaks at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse

This month's meetup will engage community leaders, educators, administrators, and artists from R.I. in a space that supports the intersection of innovation and education. Please join us on October 26th at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse to network, build and bridge ideas on how to innovatively solve problems of inequities in our education system.

Our speakers for the evening include:

Teresa Guaba is the Project Coordinator for the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet (CYC). Her major role at the CYC is serving her population by engaging, organizing and facilitating conversations for a group of Providence residents called Neighbors For Revitalization (N4R) whose mission is to improve the quality of residential life in the West End, South Providence, and Elmwood areas pertaining to abandoned/blighted properties, public safety, neighborhood beautification projects, and the empowerment and viability of its residents. Teresa considers herself a professional activist who engages, educates, and organizes people around housing issues in the Southside and West End. Her goal is to improve the overall standards of health and quality of life in communities of color starting with where she grew up.

Preetilata Hashemi is the Inclusive Enterprise Development Manager at the Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG). Her experience at various community-based organizations in the United States and Bangladesh has fostered a deep commitment to social and economic justice. Prior to joining SEG, Preetilata did research with the Department of Women and Gender at Smith College on histories of Third World women’s movements. She also worked with doulas of color who are advancing reproductive health outcomes for marginalized communities in New York City.

Ed German is the Program Director at Beat the Streets Providence, an organization who is committed to inspiring urban youth for success in school and life through the vehicle of co-educational wrestling. Ed has taught in the Providence school system and has over 12 years of coaching experience. He was recently named Coach of the Year by the Rhode Island Wrestling Coaches Association and was cited by Learning401, founded and curated by Social Enterprise Greenhouse Advisory Board Member Jen Hetzel Silbert, for inspiring his students to greatness and enabling them to succeed in school and in life. Currently, Ed also works as a Consulting Teacher for the Providence Public Schools District which directly supports the Teacher Retention and Induction Network (TRAIN).

Akeem Speaks is a Youth Advocate, Educator, Believer in the Power of Young People, Mentor and Poet. He dedicates his life's work to doing the best that he can to create opportunities for the youth, to help strengthen their confidence as well as to increase self-love. He is the founder of the Youth Development Program, Lifting Individual Futures Together (L.I.F.T.), Akeem strives to continue his work with the youth by providing a safe space for high-quality academic sessions, thought-provoking discussions, freedom of expression, mentorship and the building of community between diverse peers. To learn more about him, please visit his website:

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