Our Amazing Team

 Photo Credit: Bethanie Hines

Photo Credit: Bethanie Hines

Candice wicks-davis, M.A.Ed.

Founder & CEO

Runs marathons • Took off by herself in Cuba • Loves off roading • Has performed in 7 countries • Touched Prince's hand at a concert • Did a speaking tour in Iran • Swam around a sand dune in the Indian Ocean • Taught Afro-Latino History • Took a boat ride on the Nile River • Got lost in Barcelona...on purpose • Facilitated three trainings in three states in three days • Took a bus from Uganda to Rwanda • Survived the canopy walk at Kakum National Park in Ghana...three times • Got on a rowboat in Malta and had lunch on a random island • Has performed and recorded music in 7 countries making music with local artists• Was interviewed on International TV broadcast all over the Middle East and Africa • Was featured in AfroPunk •Had tea with the Cultural Ministry of Iran and the former President Machmoud Ahmadenijad • Was the artist in residence for the International Congress on Critical Pedagogy & Transformative Leadership at the University of Malta • Received the Distinguished graduate student award • Collects owl figurines and pineapples • Was named a 2017 Woman to Watch by KQED • Wrote a song for UNESCO's Women in Africa curriculum • Lead singer of beat boxing band Antique Naked Soul • Loves vintage clothing • 2017 Cubena McClure Arts and Culture Award recipient• Co-wrote a hip hop seder for the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Candice Wicks-Davis is the founder and CEO of Edutainment for Equity. She holds a Masters in Education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelors in Sociology from UC Berkeley. She has 19 years of experience in the field of education. Candice is the founder of the Remember Project, an international social justice arts program. She is the volunteer Operations Manager of Young, Gifted & Black of Oakland.

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Hodari B Davis, M.A.Ed.

CEO & Senior Facilitator

Toured Spain with Nita Friere, the widow of Dr. Paulo Friere • Performed at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Zulu Nation • Jumped out of a plane with Poet and Playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph • Created the Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Program • Led tours of young people to the Door of No Return in Ghana • Visited ancient cities around the world • Key orchestrator and builder of the Youth Spoken Word Movement • Co Founder and original Manager of the Oakland Panther Baseball Club • Performed for James Baldwin, Maya Angelou and others as a teenager • Toured London with Olympic Gold Medal Winner and Black Power legend Dr. Tommie Smith • Survived a coup while studying with ballet Africaines in Guinea, West Africa • Taught Black Studies at Merrit College and Berkeley High School • Walked on the molten lava of an active volcano in Sicily • Directed or Produced over 30 short films • Produced multiple events at and with the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts • Led an award winning Public Health Campaign against type 2 diabetes • Helped build Youth Arts Organizations all over the United States •  Appeared in the film "Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme" as a Beat Boxer and MC • Knocked on doors for Dr. Pedro Noguera to be elected to the Berkeley School Board • Presented at the International Congress for Critical Pedagogy in Corinth, Greece • Co Founder of the Oakland Pink Panther Girls Softball Club • Immortalized in graffiti on a rooftop in Tripoli, Lebanon • Collected cowrie shells in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Zanzibar

Hodari holds a Masters in Education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelors in Political Science from UC Berkeley. He is also the Artistic Director of Young, Gifted and Black and has spoken at conferences all over the world. 

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Shana Sylva

Operations Manager

Oakland native. Quit corporate America after 18 years to become a youth educator. Traveled to 9 countries in 10 years. Can’t swim but was featured in a film about how the ocean transforms people’s lives. Trained in conflict resolution and mediation. Ran Bay to Breakers in 1.5 hours without training once. Fur parent. Made Dean’s list after 15-year school hiatus. Hiked El Yunque National Forrest (Puerto Rico) in flop-flops and faux swam in the waterfall. Is a baby whisperer. Is a yogi in training. Wakanda Forever.

 

Shana S. Sylva is a youth development educator who holds certifications in Youth Development, and conflict resolution and mediation. She holds an AA in Social and Behavioral Sciences and will attend the California Institute of Integral Studies in Fall 2018 to pursue her Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus in Critical Psychology.

Deborah Rhoden- Accountant profile coming soon!