Brit Harley

News Voices Fellow

Brit Harley is a creative strategist, movement builder and youth organizer committed to creating impactful experiences to inspire and create change.

As a creative strategist, Brit collaborates with artists and entrepreneurs to design experiences and launch products and projects into the world. Her work includes supporting the development of Newark First Fridays powered by Gallery Retail and co-founding The Genius Collective, an initiative aimed at empowering creatives using collective knowledge and expertise.

Brit prides herself in forging relationships and fostering community to build movements bigger than their leaders. Most recently, she launched Book-A-Youngin, an organization that enlists and enrolls mentors for young people and activates local economies to provide paid learning opportunities that expose them to opportunities in alignment with their personal passions. She has also been an instrumental part of the non-profit, Them Cloud Kids, an organization whose mission is based in the South African philosophy of Ubuntu (I am who I am we are). She also serves on the Board of Directors for Girls on Bikes, an initiative that promotes health and participation in recreational activities while empowering young girls.

A native of Newark and youth organizer, Brit is actively engaged in her community. She collaboratives with school leaders and administrators to develop and design school-based programming for young people with a focus on empowerment and thriving. She has supported programming and engagement in 10+ schools, including Malcolm X Shabazz, where she served as a full-time Dream Director.

A graduate of Saint Peter’s University, Brit holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She also holds a certification in Mindfulness from Niroga Institute.

Ways to Connect

Brit Harley / Newark Public Radio/WBGO

Newark native, Khajuaan Walker, is the visionary behind Coal Crown Creative; a lifestyle brand committed to exploring what it means to be Black and a self-advocate through programming and self-expression. Be heard, be loved, and be accomplished are the three pillars that all CCC programs and initiatives are grounded in. Coal Crown Creative released “Classically Beautiful”, two filmed discussions that featured Black women and their relationship to internal and external beauty.

News Voices

WBGO News is hosting a DIGITAL CONVERSATION ABOUT NEWARK on April 21 (Tuesday) at 3pm and you are invited to join in.  

The event is part of the News Voices-Free Press partnership that began a year ago in the WBGO News Deparment, made possible by a grant from the Dodge Foundation.  

Brit Harley / Newark Public Radio/WBGO

If the youth ran the city of Newark, what would they change? Students of Great Oaks Legacy Charter High School are answering this question. Sophia Domeville is educating the youth in Newark on how they can create the world the way they would like to see it and using art as the gateway to realize what is possible.

Newark is Mentor City

Jan 31, 2020

Last August, Thomas Owens became the Executive Director of Mentor Newark, formerly known as Newark Mentoring Movement. Owens was integral to the development of Eagle Academy School for Young Men in Newark, New Jersey. He was responsible all corporate and community partnerships. Some of these partnerships included New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Mentoring USA, Prudential, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, and St. Peter’s Youth Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Brittany Harley / Newark Public Radio/WBGO

CEO & Founder of Urbanational, Clarissa Cummings hosted the first Bakeran Supper in Newark. Prompted by the Jeffersonian Dinner concept, a Bakeran Supper honors activist Ella Baker's approach to meaningful community building.   A curated, invite-only event hosted by Urbanational, a Bakeran Supper brings together 10 urban changemakers around a dinner table of great food and stimulating conversation. 

Kenneth Miles / 3rd Space

As a teenager, Cyntoia Brown-Long was convicted of first-degree murder and would have to serve 51 years in prison in order to be eligible for parole. On January 7, 2019, she was granted clemency. Brown-Long was released from prison about seven months later. In October of last year, she hosted a book signing at 3rd Space Co-Work in Newark.

Warner Bros Studios

Michael B. Jordan portrays Bryan Stevenson in the new film “Just Mercy”. A private screening was held at the Cityplex Theatre in Newark, New Jersey. Jordan was present along with Bryan Stevenson, Tim Blake Nelson, and Rob Morgan. He has made a tradition of hosting screenings in his hometown.

New Jersey Institute of Social Justice

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice recently presented a panel discussion at NJPAC on the role of slavery in America – and in New Jersey.

Investigative reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones covers civil rights and racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine.

Project Ready
Brit Harley for WBGO News

This past Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day.  WBGO’s Brit Harley caught up with a local organization in Newark that’s trying to help the community while getting out important voter information.

Cases of bottled water are being loaded onto the carts of Newark residents in Lincoln Park…near Clinton Avenue…it’s the latest effort by Project Ready to get more people in the city registered to vote.  Shennell McCloud is the executive director of Project Ready.