Keynote Speaker Panel Features Neu-Life Alumni
Muhibb Dyer - A native Milwaukeean, Muhibb began counseling and mentoring youth through while still in high school. Muhibb has performed all over the U.S. as a spoken word artist and in 2002, was a finalist at the National Poetry Slam (the nation’s top spoken word competition). He co-founded Flood the Hood with Dreams and the I Will Not Die Young Campaign to bring the art of spoken word to inner city youth. He conducts conflict resolution workshops in Public School systems across the U.S. and has made numerous appearances as a motivational speaker and at graduation commencement ceremonies. His most recent appearance on the program Democracy Now has garnered support for continuation of his work with youth across the globe.
Khalil Coleman - A former Neu-Lifer, Coleman is a local community activist and protest organizer with over 15 years of experience working with and for youth. He's the founder of Changing Lives Through Literature and co-founder of Safe Zone Inititiative (SZI), a citywide voilence prevention/intervention program. He is an author and nationally recognized thought leader who has been featured on PBS News Hour, Black in Milwaukee (2016).
Jeremy Triblett - Jeremy began his career as a Public Ally with Urban Underground, an after-school program that develops teen leadership skills through civic engagement. He is currently the Public Policy Institutue's Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator and the Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator for MCSAP. Jeremy combines his experience in project coordination, collective impact strategies, professional development training, and organizational development to advance the work of youth- and family-serving organizations.
Chanda Harris - Chanda is a Milwaukee native and one of the “original” Neu-life kids. Her community work started at an early age through Neu-life with civic engagement and community service events. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with a degree in business and is currently works as Business Engagement Director for Neu-life and Residential Living Services. Outside of her corporate career, Chanda is an artist that goes by the stage name of Chae Harris. She is part of a collective that started Art therapy, a platform for new and established local artist to share a stage and promote each other.
Kwabena Antoine Dixon - Kwabena is award winning author, motivational speaker and nationality recognized spoken word artist. Born and raised on Chicago’s west side (known in the 80’s as the gangbang capital of the world) Kwabena lost his father to street violence at the age of 11. He moved to Milwaukee to escape a lifestyle that many of his closest friends and family had fallen prey to. He found his voice in art. A graduate of both Malcom X College and Columbia College Chicago, Kwabena has dedicated his life’s work to inspiring not just a generation, but a movement.