Ruja Ballard is a Social Justice Leadership Institute Intern at the American Friends Service Committee, and is an activist, writer, performer and teaching artist. She visits high schools and local non profit organizations, teaching poetry to marginalized and under-served young folk. She’s spoken at several events all across the globe including the Youth In Action Conference in Nairobi Kenya, Brave New Voices international poetry competition, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and is co founder of YourFavoriteJawns poetry collective.