Girl Be Heard Alumni
Jael Charles is a social justice advocate, and public interest scholar. A recent graduate of Columbia University's School of Social Work, Jael’s work centers on exploring systems of oppression and fostering social justice activism in her community. Her passion for this work began in high school and intensified throughout her undergraduate years, where she completed a dual B.A. in Criminology and Sociology, and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate career she gained experience working with individuals, children, and families impacted by incarceration, and working with underrepresented youth. She served the Girl Be Heard community concurrently, as a Feminist-in-Residence and Peer Advocate, gaining additional knowledge on how to effectively facilitate the use of art as an advocacy method and working to ensure the needs of GBH company members were met. Jael is now employed as a social worker at the Brooklyn Defender Services where she advocates for the reunification of families impacted by the child welfare system. Jaelultimately hopes to dedicate her life and career to elevating the narratives of marginalized communities and to dismantling societal systems that perpetuate injustice. As a Girl Be Heard alumna who joined the GBH community in 2012, Jael is is excited to now contribute her knowledge and experience to the Board.