About Left Turn Village
Our mission is to create an unexpected change from the way things seem to be going and positively turn things around for our most marginalized communities. To do that, it takes a village. Left Turn Village is helping to contribute to a changing narrative and world view for folks who are different from the majority, creating a more equitable society.
When compared to their peers, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), the LGBTQ+ community (especially Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPoC)), women, People with Disabilities (PWD) and other marginalized communities disproportionately suffer from a host of mental, physical, and social health issues. The culture of racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other systems of oppression within our communities (e.g. sexism, classism, ableism, etc) is both fueled and compounded by fear and unfamiliarity. It frequently manifests in prejudice, discrimination, bullying, and "othering" with dire consequences for populations that are already extremely vulnerable.
The team at Left Turn Village has more than 15 years of experience working with and advocating for marginalized communities in health & social service settings, schools, and the community as a whole. LTV can help you create empathic, understanding, inclusive, and culturally competent spaces for our most disenfranchised communities.
About Dr. Tyree Oredein
Founder; Public Health and Social Justice Consultant & Trainer
Since 2005, Dr. Tyree Oredein (she/her/hers), has dedicated her career to serving the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, and other marginalized groups. As Hudson Pride Center's Lead Trainer for twelve years, and later as a Safe School Coordinator with Garden State Equality, Dr. Oredein has been developing and delivering LGBTQ+ related Professional Development trainings to administrators, educators, health professionals, social service providers, corporate personnel and others. She also facilitates LGBTQ+ inclusive workshops to elementary, junior high, high school, college students, and community members surrounding sexuality, HIV/AIDS & sexual health, self-esteem, healthy relationships, consent, media literacy, and social justice and has worked extensively with QTPOC youth.
Currently, she sits on the Boards of Directors for Say Ah!, an organization dedicated to increasing health literacy, What Makes You Feel Beautiful, an organization created to empower women and non-binary people, and the Wellesley Racial Justice Initiative, an organization created by an independent group of Wellesley College alums engaging in anti-racism work. Dr. Oredein also co-leads the development and implementation of WRJI's programming.
She is an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Public Health, and serves as a Special State Officer on the Healthy New Jersey 2030 Advisory Council under the auspices of the NJ Department of Health. She created Left Turn Village in 2020. Dr. Oredein earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Wellesley College, her Master's of Public Health (MPH) from Hunter College, and her Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) from Rutgers University.
About Mr. Ajani Walden
Program & Research Consultant
Ajani Walden (he/him/they/them) is a queer, Black, transgender rights advocate. Before joining the team at Left Turn Village as the Program & Research Consultant, he interned with Hudson Pride Center’s lead trainer and helped deliver LGBTQ sensitivity workshops to educators, school administrators, social service workers, healthcare professionals, and students. He has appeared on several panels talking about trans rights and health issues and has also developed and led workshops for trans youth.
Ajani's passion for helping marginalized youth stems from childhood. As a foster youth from the ages of 13 to 18, Ajani longed for advocates who represented him as a queer, trans youth of color. He has since resolved to be that advocate, ally, and voice for LGBTQ youth. “I believe that LGBT youth should be able to see themselves in their advocates. Representation matters. I just want to be the person I needed when I was younger. I want a trans kid to look at me & see my scars and know he can survive because that’s what scars are…a sign of survival”.
Ajani is currently in the process of starting a mentoring initiative for transgender youth with Left Turn Village. He is also a student at Southern New Hampshire University, a writer, artist & lover of technology.