Who We Are
Cameron McWhorter currently holds the position of a Behavior Intervention Specialist within the public school district and has been working with at-risk youth for over 5 years. He received his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and advanced his academic career by completing his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He has been diligently working within the school system to create change through a culturally-responsive and trauma-informed lens by the supporting of youth who have Individual Education Plan’s (IEP), supporting student transition from placement to public schooling, implementing behavioral interventions and Restorative Practices and facilitating groups ranging in ages 9-18 years old. He comes with a substantial amount of experience, including: volunteering with Mentors for Success in Hennepin County Juvenile Probation, working as an Assistant Probation Officer (APO) through Ramsey County Community Corrections focusing on facilitating community safety through risk reduction and positive youth development, a Juvenile Justice Coordinator through the Juvenile Justice Reentry Education Program (JJREP), and co-facilitator on courageous conversations regarding cultural relevance within the workplace. His goal is to both foster and develop positive school relationships and connect families with community resources and mentoring.
Riley Pavlak has been working in the public schools for four years and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Special Education. Riley’s passions are mentoring and working with youth to empower and highlight their voices. She has studied trauma-informed practices and uses that to integrate social emotional curriculum with her interest in project-based learning. Riley values relationship-building with respect and trust at the forefront, she works to embody this in the relationships with the students she serves. With an undergraduate degree in Graphic Communications, she offers experience in marketing and graphic design to support Speak Your Truth.