tonjie reese



Tonjie is a Detroit native, preventionist, storyteller, and creative. Her passion for ending domestic and sexual violence began as a sophomore in high school when she participated in an interactive traveling play focused on teen dating violence and has continued through her roles as prevention program director, community educator, shelter advocate, and national community initiatives coordinator.

In her roles, Tonjie has used her passion for prevention to provide training in academic and community settings, organize young people to be activists in their communities, and enhance program delivery by addressing intersectionality. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Science from Grand Valley State University, and a Masters of Art in Education, Leadership, and Change from Antioch University in Los Angeles. Tonjie is driven by the belief that everyone has a role in violence prevention. Her motto is, “It’s up to us to define what our role will be!”


 training portfolio

Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence State Conference (May 2016)

“Creating an Inclusive Space for Diverse Staff”

“Using Pop Culture to Teach Prevention in African American Communities”

Models of Pride Annual Conference (Oct 2016 and Oct 2017)

“Real Talk: Relationships – Healthy or Nah?”

California Partnership to End Domestic Violence State Conference (Mar 2017)

“The New Change-Makers: Exploring Prevention Programming”

Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence State Conference (May 2017)

“Empowering Leaders from Marginalized Communities”

National Sexual Assault Conference (June 2017)

“Keeping It Real: Methods to Level Up Youth-Led Programming”

 Texas Center against Family Violence Statewide Conference (August 2017)

“Prevention Hackathon: Level Up Your Social Media Game”

 Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence Annual Statewide Conference (June 2018)

“Centering Identity Affirmation, Personal Agency, and Youth-Led Methods in Prevention Work”

“It's Time to Activate: Using Media Literacy, Storytelling, and Creativity”

ICESA Campus Consortium Second Annual Statewide Conference (September 2018)

"No Filters: Introduction to media literacy & social justice storytelling (Part I)"

"No Filters: Enhancing prevention programs through media literacy & social
justice storytelling (Part II)" 




Teen Relationships Should Never End in Death - Reauthorizing VAWA Can Help” - Blavity (Sep 2018)

“Teen Dating Violence” – Power of Love podcast (Feb 2018)

“The Black-ish Truth Shall Set Them Free: We Have to Train Our Kids” – Empire Life Magazine (Feb 2016)

"Prevention aims to reduce domestic and sexual violence" (interview) -The Macomb Daily (Oct 2015)

"Sexualization of women in media called dangerous" (interview) - OU News Bureau (April 2015)

Love Does Not Hurt”  CoSozo Living Magazine (May 2013)

The People Who Inspire Series” (interview) – Notes from a Aspiring Humanitarian  (Feb 2012)