Victoria (Tory) Sammartino is a poet, teaching artist and youth development professional who grew up in the Bronx, received a high quality public education, and participated in numerous arts and youth leadership programs as a teenager.  At the age of 22, she founded Voices UnBroken, an organization that makes poetry workshops accessible to youth (ages 12-24) in the juvenile and adult justice systems, and served as Executive Director from 2000-2015.  She began her career as an educator at the school for girls on Rikers Island and has worked extensively with young people in juvenile justice facilities; and with women and girls on Rikers Island, in New York State prisons, and upon discharge/release. She holds a BA in Community Arts from Bennington College and a Certificate from Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.  Tory is also a recipient of the Union Square Awards; a Practitioner-Research Fellowship from the Robert Bowne Foundation; a Petra Fellowship, the Neighborhood Leadership Award from the NY Women’s Foundation; and the Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award from Bennington College; she was also named one of 25 Influential Bronx Women by the Bronx Times.  She sits on the NYC Administration for Children’s Services’ Juvenile Justice Oversight Advisory Board and the NYC Youth Board, and is a member of the Community Justice Network for Youth, the Juvenile Justice Coalition’s Conditions of Confinement Work Group, the Prison Arts Coalition, and the Bronx Nonprofit Coalition.  

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