Quetzal Francois is an educator and activist. She has spent the past 5 years facilitating workshops for youth on consent and relationships dynamics through her work with Girls Incorporated and Expect Respect. She focuses on making these conversations accessible to marginalized communities and supporting other educators to teach and think in a way that includes more than just the current dominant narrative. She also has extensive leadership experience with Girls on the Go! and Monkey Business summer programs.
She was raised between the diverse city life of Paris and the gorgeous mountains of New Mexico where she spent much time adventuring in the wilderness and learning about resilience. She is passionate about creating spaces for young adults to be fully expressed,
deeply connected to themselves, and empowered to move through the world with vulnerability and confidence.
She pursued her education in Legal Studies with emphasis on Social Change at UC Berkeley. She is a practitioner of mindfulness meditation and yoga and holds a strong commitment to continuing to deepen her practice in those 2 areas. She considers nature her sanctuary, and hikes as often as she can. She intends to pursue a degree in Somatic Therapy at CIIS in the upcoming year. In her spare time she enjoys acroyoga, dancing, and scheming her next travel adventures.
"Having mentors as an adolescent was a key element to my well being, the development of my confidence and ability to forge strong relationships as I transitioned into adulthood. Thanks to these mentors, I feel inspired and ready to pay this forward and take on the role of mentor and guide for young people to explore the complex human experience and to learn to express themselves fully and authentically." - Quetzal