Meet Our Staff!

 


ROYAL NUNES, Program Director

What's something that inspires you and helps you sustain hope?

Something that inspires me is when young people learn something new, when they have the "aha" moment or when they yell, "ohhh i get it!" Those moments are important because they continue to remind me why this work is important.

If you could have coffee with one revolutionary, who would it be and why?

I would have coffee with Angela Davis because after reading a lot of her books i realized alot of our ideologies are aligned. I would love to understand how she views society today with everything that is happening in the world. I would also like to know her strategy on supporting peoples growth and basic needs while fighting oppression.

What are a few of the issues that you're most passionate about and why?

I am passionate about bringing healing to people of color, as well as prison alternatives and supporting young people to grow into adults that care for and support other people.

Book: Slavery By Another Name; Kindred; Emergent Strategy; and The Wretched of the Earth

Poem: A Litany for Survival by Audre Lorde

YouTube Video: Interview of Angela Davis from The Black Power Mixtape


 Amatullah Mervin , Coordinator of Programming and Donor Fundraising 

What's your favorite memory of The City School?

​ My favorite memory​ of the city school is having my niece (Janessa SLP 17'') get in the car after attending the SLP retreat and explaining how much she would forever be changed from the 3 days and 2 nights she spent with her SLP cohort. It reminded me of the moment I realized youth organizing and social justice education has the power to drastically change who you are for the better.

What's something that inspires you and helps you sustain hope?

​I am a HopeJunkie! People inspire me through their struggle and resilience. 

If you could have coffee with one revolutionary, who would it be and why?

​ Tupac Shakur (or all the Shakur's if possible, Afeni, Assata, let's make this a family affair!)

What's a surprising or interesting fact about you?

I can impersonate almost any accent well after hearing it a few times.

What are a few of the issues that you're most passionate about and why?

TV Show: Greys Anatomy (A show created by a dope Black woman, which makes it revolutionary in my book)

Song: Currently: Therapy by Khalid

Book: The Hate U Give, The Rose that Grew From Concrete

Poem: In the Event of My Demise by Tupac Shakur