Nicole Hamilton is the Director of School Based Partnerships and Initiatives at Girls for Gender Equity. In addition, from 2010 until this year, Nicole has also served as the Program Director of GGE’s school based direct service program, Urban Leaders Academy. Urban Leaders Academy is a holistic social justice based afterschool program servicing middle and high school students in Brooklyn, New York. In line with the mission and vision of Girls for Gender Equity, Nicole develops programming and provides leadership, training and professional development for a blended staff of school teachers, teaching artists, specialists, line staff, interns and volunteers. Nicole works with school administration to assess the needs of the school community and engages staff to design and facilitate programming that is committed to the physical, psychological, social and economic development of youth of color, particularly girls and women. Through social justice education, leadership development, academic support, organizing, health and wellness awareness and arts enrichment, Urban Leaders Academy supports youth in developing critical consciousness, cultivate allyship and strengthen the advocacy and activism skills needed to overcome obstacles and to live self-determined lives.