Takoma Park, MD
Facilitators: Wendy Jason and Jiva Manske
Summary: Making Takoma Park “Home” – engaging a multicultural, cross-generational group of residents in writing, visual art, and dialogue about what “home” means, and how we can make our community feel more like home to all who reside here.
Wendy Jason has over twelve years of experience in the social services sector, working in residential treatment and community mental health centers, schools, and correctional facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Alaska, and New Mexico. This experience has brought her face to face with the myriad challenges confronted by urban and rural youth, families, seniors, survivors of domestic violence, homeless men and women, and inmates, and cultivated both a passion and a capacity to support individual and social change. She is also a student in Goddard College’s Transformative Language Arts concentration (part of the Individualized MA Program).
Jiva Manske is a partner, brother, and son, as well as an organizer for human rights and social justice. He has offered training in nonviolence, communication, and conflict resolution with students, teachers, and prisoners in the US, youth in Canada, conflict professionals in Costa Rica and Austria, and children and civil society workers in Afghanistan and Iran. He and Wendy have worked together with youth leaders, as well as with youth and adults in Albuquerque’s detention centers. He holds a MA degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the European Peace University, and currently works as a Field Organizer for Amnesty International USA.