Jean M Allen is a student at the University of Auckland. She has a background in education, with experience teaching at primary and tertiary levels. Having been raised and now living in South Auckland, Jean has a strong focus and belief in social justice and her projects aim to inspire and empower people within her local community. She is interested in challenging perceptions of South Auckland by using her position as a university student to provide youth with a platform to be brave and share their experiences of what it means to belong to South Auckland.