Ebony is an advocate for youth who focuses on healing trauma through the power of art. Ebony was born in Brooklyn, NY with her immigrant family who migrated from the islands of Trinidad & Jamaica. After her father was deported she spent the rest of her childhood under the watchful eyes of ACS. After graduating H.S Ebony decided to pursue her passion for creating art. While pursuing her passion she discovered the lack of community restoration services. This drove her to find ways to be what she felt communities that she belonged to needed. Ebony is an alumnus of The Institute of Transformative Mentoring at The New School. Ebony has received a certification for public speaking from The Youth Speakers Institute. She currently works at Artistic Noise, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering incarcerated and court-involved youth through art, work, and community. In her role, she is not only using her skills as an artist and advocate to transform lives but she also increasing her knowledge about running a non-profit and having an impact. She hopes to use this knowledge to spread awareness about life after incarceration, and the enormous potential of art, entrepreneurship, and community-building.
Ebony has been doing work behind the scenes program planning and event planning for over 5 years, recently she has shifted her focus to facilitating in spaces where voices are silenced or oppressed. She has led Artistic Noise groups held at probation programs in all 5 boroughs. She has led workshops in Washington D.C. and Atlanta at the National Crittenton Foundation’s in Solidarity We Rise: Healing, Opportunity, and Justice for Girls conference as well as The Healing Justice Summit held at Columbia’s school of Social Work that was organized by H.O.L.L.A. Ebony has made it one of her life’s mission to be the voices for the voiceless and scared. Ebony has spoken on panels at NYU, John Jay, and Hunter. She has interned at The Women’s Foundation, where she was a part of a grant review committee and has also served on many advisory boards and councils including, an expert advisory council focusing on ending incarceration for girls in partnership with The Vera Institute of Justice. She is currently working on a youth justice curriculum for a project with Boston College and Fran Sherman called I Am Why, which is centered around the lived experiences of young women who have emerged from juvenile justice and its related systems. Ebony strives to grow as a person and helping the people around her grow.