meet the TEAM

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Nia Eubanks-Dixon is the founder and creator of Creative Praxis. The 6 youth-centered experiential trainings that Creative Praxis offers emerged from the research and experiences she has had with young people and their families over the last 20 years.

Mrs. Eubanks-Dixon is an international master trainer/facilitator, counselor, professional dancer/storyteller, teacher, and a therapeutic restorative community artist. Mrs. Eubanks-Dixon is certified in life coaching, brief therapy counseling, crisis intervention, the dialogic process, restorative practices, interactive mediation, restorative arts, trauma healing, trauma informed spaces as well as de-escalation techniques.

 

In 2002, she received her BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  In 2017 she received her Master’s Degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Community Arts from Eastern University.

 

Mrs. Eubanks-Dixon has worked with and trained national and international organizations including The American Friends Service Committee where she is currently working as the Youth Director for International and US programs. She has also worked with District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund, Jill Scotts Blues Babe Foundation, Jobs for the Future, and Urban Bush Women.

 

Mrs. Eubanks-Dixon has had the opportunity to study under master facilitators and teachers including Dr. Nathan Corbitt, Linda McClain, Rev. Dr. Clarence and Geri Pemberton, Jeannine Osuande, Baba Chuck Davis and Jawole Zollar. She has developed a teaching and facilitation approach that is arts-integrated, trauma-informed, community based,  anti-racist/decolonizing, and restorative.

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Sophia Burns (she/her) is a program coordinator and facilitator dedicated to strengthening youth-led, place-based, and liberation-centered programs. She joined Creative Praxis in 2019 as a co-facilitator and communications manager. 

Sophia's career in youth work began in rural New York, where she helped launch a bilingual social justice leadership program for immigrant youth. She then began exploring community based research methods that involved youth directly in decision making processes at local organizations. As a student organizer, she learned to craft campaigns and involve diverse stakeholders to sustain instutitional supports for low-income and first-generation students. Since then, Sophia has continued working with youth organizations to strengthen leadership capacity, provide training, and enhance young organizers' creative outlets. 

Sophia holds a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College. She is an recipient of the Young People For and Humanity in Action Fellowships. During the spring of 2017, she studied at the Universidad Pedagógica Enrique José Varona in Havana, Cuba as a part of the Autonomous University of Social Movements program. She is certified to teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and yin yoga (RYT-50). 

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Samuel has over 8 years of progressive experience in Project Management, Evaluation and Research. He has worked in projects focusing on Relief and Reconstruction, Health Care Support, Conflict Analysis, Business and Peace, Governance and Sexual Reproductive Health among others. 

Samuel has also been involved in Policy and Academic Research on Development issues cutting across various thematic areas. Samuel’s strength and passion is in organizational strategic development. He holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, Kenya.  

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