Soraya Palmer is the youth programs specialist for Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) at the Mediation Center. She earned her BA in Africana Studies from Connecticut College and her M.F.A in creative writing from Virginia Tech. Previously she taught Freshman English and Creative Writing at Virginia Tech while spearheading a one on one mentoring program for African American girls. Before this she worked as a student advisor at Harlem Children’s Zone. She was born and raised in Flatbush and can’t imagine living anywhere else.