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

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.

NJPAC
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.