Jaynese ‘Ladybug’ Poole

Jaynese is a spoken-word poet, dancer and screenwriter. She hosts, performs and organizes community events and holds safe spaces for youth throughout Los Angeles County and beyond. She has been involved with Street Poets Inc. for over 7 years, first as a youth participant, and now as a teaching artist and media strategist. Jaynese has traveled as far as Sweden to share Street Poets methodology with youth and youth workers worldwide. Jaynese has also worked closely with the Los Angeles LGBT center as an alum of OutSet (a filmmaking program for LGBTQ youth) performing spoken word with Pen Pushers LifeWorks program at Models of Pride 2016 and The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power event in honor of Black History Month. She is also a member of 4CLab, a nonprofit providing opportunities for young creative visionaries to share their stories through artistic expression.