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The Keepers

Ashley Ellis

Co-Founder & Keeper

Visionary for B.R.E.A.T.H.E. CIRCLES

Born and raised on the West Side of Chicago, Ashley Ellis is a daughter, sister, lover, auntie, mentor, and sista friend to many! She has a mission to be a conduit of healing and transformation with young people. She is a restorative justice practitioner and trainer. Ashley is currently the Founder and Co-Keeper for B.R.E.A.T.H.E Circles, where she is pioneering New York City based Peacemaking Circle Keeper Trainings that are accessible for youth, schools, community members and credible messengers. She is a also a youth advocate for young people involved with the juvenile Justice System. Using her experience working with system involved young women, along with the foundations of restorative justice and Peacemaking Circles, Ashley envisioned a program called B.R.E.A.T.H.E: Circles for My Sistas where she strives to provide sacred healing and restorative space for black and brown girls to be Balanced, Restored, Empowered, Affirmed, Transformed, Healed, and Embodied. Ashley has attained her Master of Arts in Urban Youth Ministry at New York Theological Seminary in May 2017. Using a womanist integral spirit centered approach and pedagogy, along with circles, she strives to create holistic spaces that communicate a message of Love, Connectedness, Hope, Faith, Restoration and Transformation with the goal of bringing healing to not only our youth, but to our communities locally and globally in a profoundly dope way!

Quandisha German 

Co-Founder & Keeper

Visionary for B.R.E.A.T.H.E. CAFE

Born in Harlem and Raised in North Carolina, Quandisha German, has completed her Masters of Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, with a concentration in Community Organizing, Planning, and Development. She holds a B. A. in Sociology with a concentration in Child Development from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Quandisha is  the co-founder and co-keeper for B.R.E.A.T.H.E.: A Circle for my Sistas. B.R.E.A.T.H.E. serves as a space for girls of color to be balanced, restored, empowered, affirmed, transformed, healed, and embodied. In addition to facilitating B.R.E.A.T.H.E., Quandisha is the founder of BREATHE Cafe, where she strives to bring healing back to community and relationship building through food as a praxis. Quandisha has been working with youth and communities for the past six years and believes in the power of building community through storytelling and collective wisdom. While doing the work with BREATHE, Quandisha also serves as the founding co-director for the Robert P. Patterson Youth Mentoring Program at The Bronx Defenders.

"Do the work that your soul must have"  

-Dr. Katie Geneva Canon