Ambessa Cantave

Oakland, CA - Ambessa Cantave is a father, musician, activist, educator and dedication to transformational change on the planet. A ten-year veteran of the Bay Area's environmental justice, art activism and non-profit communities Ambessa is the founder of Destined Nation Media which originally produced Grind for the Green. He also sits on the board of Oakland‚Äôs first Green Youth Media Center and he most recently served as a climate change educator for the Alliance for Cimate Education. Using his extensive background in youth leadership and workforce development Ambessa is highly adept at creating informational modules that use hip-hop culture to engage youth of color to empower and educate themselves in areas of ecology, professional development, social justice and mental health. Thus creating a culturally relevant and fully cohesive professional learning atmosphere that assists in the creation of executive level youth leaders. As a local artist Ambessa has served as a vanguard for conscious expression and cultural diversity with his former group FIYAWATA and now with his new band Earth Amplified he continues to spread a message of spiritual liberation and self-awareness. His passion for empowering young people to reach their greatest potential is unrelenting and serves as an inspiration to both his personal and professional colleagues. Ambessa holds a B.A. in Marketing and a BA in Psychology from York College and has also served as a program manager for stellar Bay Area organizations such as Leadership Excellence and Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center. Blog Entry

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