Stefani Weeden-Smith, MPS, CDFT
Stefani brings to NCCJ extensive professional experience in art galleries & museums, hospitals, and community-based youth programs. She earned her Masters in Professional Studies (MPS) from Pratt Institute in Creative Arts Therapy and Creative Development in 2001 and her BSBA in Business Administration in 1993 from Rockhurst University. She is a Certified Diversity FaciliTrainer (CDFT)™.
Stefani returned home to St. Louis in 2009, and has worked to empower young people to change their community using the arts. Stefani served on faculty for NCCJ's Anytown Youth Leadership Institute that summer. She created the young women’s group GIRLZ taking Over (GTO) at The SPOT Youth Center, a program focusing on young woman navigating sexism and racism. Stefani also completed a project for young people to find their voice in University City, lending a platform to gain skills in art, civic engagement, advocacy, and research skills, leading to the creation of a Youth Commission advising the City Council on all matters that concern youth. Stefani has also been a FaciliTrainer for NCCJ and a facilitator for the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Institute.
Stefani is a core faculty member for the Regional Arts Commission’s Community Arts Training Institute (she is also a 2009 alum). This intensive program brings together artists, social workers, educators, community and social activist, and policymakers to providing skills on how to collaborate for community impact. She serves on the Advisory Board for Focus St. Louis’ Youth Leadership, the Board of Directors for the Growing American Youth, and is the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Paul Artspace in North County St. Louis.
Stefani has made Tower Grove East home with her partner, and is the mother of a bright, creative, and inquisitive 5-year-old daughter.