Roberta M. Rael

Director of Generation Justice

Roberta M. Rael is a founder and the director of Generation Justice, an intergenerational media-making project that is committed to social change. New Mexico's premier youth media project, Generation Justice teaches youth how to create media reflecting the social justice principles of multiculturalism, equity, intergenerational connectedness and civic engagement. A native New Mexican, Roberta is also the principal of Inspired Leadership, Inc.

Roberta developed a youth leadership manual for indigenous youth leaders and adult project coaches. She has trained and mentored youth in leadership-skill development and designed multicultural programs for youth. She facilitated the International Border and Human Rights Summit in Arizona and served as a Kellogg intern for the National LULAC Education Center in Washington, D.C.

Under Roberta’s direction, both Youth Link and Vida Manos y Salud gained national recognition, and the KUNM Youth Radio Project was awarded the 2009 New Mexico Governor’s Youth Service Award. The New Mexico Department of Health commissioned Roberta to provide training in effective youth/adult partnerships and conduct focus groups with incarcerated youth on violence risk and protective factors. She has published reports on both of these projects.

Roberta has several years of radio-production experience. She has produced five-hour Youth Radio Town Halls and also produced El llanto en la frontera, about the femicide in Juarez, Mexico; a history of the Raices Collective; and a history of the SouthWest Organizing Project. She also hosted and produced Espejos de Aztlana, a public radio cultural affairs program on KUNM-FM.

Roberta recently published an article in the Youth Media Reporter on youth radio and social justice. She presented at Boston's National Conference for Media Reform on popular education and the media.

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