Emily Zionts has been deeply immersed in the question of how we can empower our youth to face the crises and opportunities of this unique time in human history with compassion, resilience, innovation, and joy! For over 15 years, she has been a part of learning communities with experience teaching everyone from pre-school to adult education. In 2008, she had the amazing opportunity to earn a M.A. in Peace Education at The U.N. University for Peace in Costa Rica while researching the power and potential of youth to be engaged changemakers. Later, she found her life calling while teaching courses: Peace Studies, Global Citizenship, and Youth Activism to teens at a farm school in northern California. In addition to Root Down Rise Up, Emily also is faculty and mentor at The Wayfinding Academy (a progressive community college focused on living life on purpose), The Institute for Permaculture Education for Children (where she teaches social justice education to K-12 educators), and The Village Home School (where she facilitates education for social-emotional learning, community building, social justice, and sustainability to upper elementary and middle school students).