About Little Justice Leaders

How It Works

When you sign up for Little Justice Leaders, you become part of a community of educators and caregivers committed to social justice education. All materials are designed specifically for K-6th graders, so they're always age-appropriate and fun.

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  • Talking about social justice issues can be hard. We want to make it easier for you and your elementary school learners.

  • With lessons, activities, and other goodies, you can make these conversations fun and interesting for your little ones.

  • You'll learn together about many important issues. What are you waiting for? Get your monthly subscription now!

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  • Dr. Shelby Kretz (she/her)

    Founder 

  • Sonali Goyal (she/her)

    Administrative Assistant

  • Rachael Lucille (they/she)

    Social Justice Content Producer

  • SK Smigiel (she/they)

    Social Justice Content Producer

  • Gabby Velez (she/her)

    Social Justice Content Producer

  • Katie Moran (she/her)

    Curriculum Specialist

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  • Liz Kleinrock (she/her)

    Antibias/Antiracist Educator, Author, Consultant

    "It's difficult to find resources that support children, caregivers, AND teachers, and yet LJL has done it! Their books, resources, and guiding questions provide practical support on a number of topics."

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  • Naomi O'Brien (she/her)

    Anti-Racist Educator, Author, and Speaker

    "I appreciate the work they do in getting critical and important information and lessons into the hands of children and their families. LJL does this in a way that is easy for people, children and their families, to access and learn from the information and put things into practice in order to make our world a better place."

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  • Charlie Amáyá Scott (she/they)

    Scholar, Advocate, and Educator

    "The next generation of youth is coming into their power, and I am thankful for organizations like Little Justice Leaders, who are committed to empowering and celebrating the brilliance of the rising activists, advocates, and leaders through education and a little bit of fun."

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  • Skye Tooley (they/them)

    Anti-Bias EducatorI support

    "LJL because they are intentional with creating resources and activities for kids and families to have these discussions. They work with community members, ensure that all materials are accessible, and include beautiful picture books to use at home and in the classroom. LJL embodies social justice and community and ensures that we have the tools to learn together and engage with our learners, too."

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  • J Aprileo (they/them)

    Blogger, Advocate

    "I support LJL because their mission to make social justice content that's understandable for children, just makes sense. How many times have you wished you had the language to explain something complex to the kiddo in your life? LJL provides books and activities to help facilitate those conversations in productive ways. The mission to help young folks learn how to put their values to work to make this world a better place is absolutely an inspiration to me."

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  • Brittany Jefferson (she/they)

    Climate Justice Educator, Parent, Environmentalist

    "I am happy to be a collaborator with Little Justice Leaders because they have been proven to be devoted to representing folks from all kinds of marginalized identities. We are able to create fun and engaging lessons for kids and resources for teachers using relevant and important topics of today."

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  • Tai Simpson (she/her)

    Storyteller, Organizer, Activist, Advocate

    "Our work as social justice change makers requires us to honor our ancestors, who’s come before us and to ensure that we include our young people, the future generations of change making. I support and partner with Little Justice Leaders in their mission because they are nurturing future generations to be champions for diversity, inclusion, and equity. LJL not only gives us a space to share our knowledge, but in turn I feel a deep sense of hope for the world as children engage with what I’ve shared."

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  • Natalia Rodriguez (she/her)

    Mental Health Advocate

    "Little Justice Leaders creates a powerful bundle of resources on issues that is hard to find elsewhere. I love that it puts major points of conversation and fun age-appropriate education at a kids fingertips while also giving a parent control over how and when these topics are introduced. More tools like this are the reason why there will be more aware and empathic future. The path there is paved by ideas just like this and the parents who facilitate this change. CREATE Kids Edu is so happy to have contributed to emotional health resources and our team is wishing LJL a lot of future growth!"

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  • Desmond Napoles

    Teenage Multi-Awarded LGBTQ+ Advocate

    "Little Justice Leaders has been an incredible platform for me to contribute to my values of inclusivity, diversity, and kindness. Collaborating with them on their recent materials allowed me to integrate my passion for creating a more equitable world. LJL's commitment to educating young minds about various social justice topics resonates deeply with my vision of fostering empathy and understanding in the next generation. I'm grateful for the opportunity to support their mission and be part of a collective effort to instill these critical values in children."

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  • Sarah Moe (she/her)

    Lawyer, Software Engineer, and Founder of Strike For Our Rights

    "We love LJL! They are doing such important work in bringing social justice education to children (and adults!) around the country. They cover topics that can be difficult for parents or caregivers to know how or what to teach on a subject. It's seriously such a benefit for everyone involved: the child, the adults, and society at large."

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  • Soni Lopez-Chavez (she/her)

    Indigenous Mexican Artist

    "I chose to partner with LJL because with the tools they provide they make it easy for us to have conversations with our youth. LJL encourages our kids to to remain passionate about social justice, equality, and caring for our earth."

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  • Nikki Hunjan (she/her)

    Activist, Former Teacher

    "I support LJL because it's important to have discussions about social justice early and often. Our family has talked and will continue to talk about how to be inclusive. The LJL kits make it easy and kid friendly to tackle subjects like racism, homophobia, transphobia, etc."

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  • Juan E Gonzalez Jr. (he/him)

    Public School Teacher

    "I’m passionate about finding books that represent our world, and I’m grateful to LJL for helping educators and families make this process purposeful and easy to access!"

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Hi, I'm Shelby

And that’s me with my niece and nephew. My dream is to help them and other kids like them grow up with an awareness of social justice and acceptance of all people. 

I completed my Ph.D. in Urban Education at UCLA, and I’m passionate about education and social justice. I’ve spent more than a decade working with kids and families to facilitate fun learning experiences. 

For every resource created, we consult with those who are directly impacted by that social justice issue to create the best resources for you.

Please feel free to email me directly at shelby@littlejusticeleaders.com with any questions, concerns, or ideas for working together. 

I hope you will join our community of Little Justice Leaders! 

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