STREETS THE GAME was created by Shanduke McPhatter and Leslie Robinson, in consultation with the G.M.A.C.C. (Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Change, Inc.) Staff.
Shanduke and Leslie created STREETS to bring open, authentic and healing dialogue to this often maligned population, who are very rarely provided with the opportunity to speak on what is happening inside of their hearts and minds, or to process and make sense of their experiences and emotions.
The STREETS game is based on the proven evidence-based concept of Leslie’s previous nationally launched successes, to include the prison reentry game, Recharge Beyond the Bars Re-entry game, and the Warrior Spirit Mission Homefront Veteran’ Reintegration games, embraced by tens of thousands nationally.
Meet the Creators
LESLIE R. ROBINSON
CEO, Trance4mation Games/ President ,Trance4mation Nation / President, Beyond the Bars LLC
Inventor / Workshop Leader / Psychotherapist / Public Speaker/ Trainer Leslie recently developed the STREETS board game with Shanduke McPhatter of G.M.A.C.C. (Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Change). STREETS is a revolutionary, game-changing, entirely new approach to providing those in the streets and gang lifestyle with a first of its kind, non-judgmental, non-confrontational, enjoyable opportunity to reflect on, and to talk about their lifestyle choices in a way that brings understanding, insight, compassion, bonding and healing. Leslie is a therapist, and the inventor of the Keep It Real Inclusion game. Spawned from her many years of work with adolescents, young adults, adults and families, Keep It Real was created as a forum to provide profound dialogue, trust, connection and transformation. Presently, the Keep It Real Inclusion game is being utilized to build bridges and connections across differences by approximately 1,000 colleges and universities, 100 Boys & Girls Clubs, in high schools and youth programs, as well as numerous organizations, and amongst families and friends.
Leslie has been a Program Director for at-risk youth in the South Bronx. For six years, she created, implemented and supervised long-term intensive arts and after-school programs in inner city schools for at-risk youth, and for two years pioneered a poetry project at Rikers Island Correctional Facilities for Men and Women. She was a Consultant for the foster care system for 20 years, supervised residences for homeless young adults, worked with the schizophrenic population in homeless shelters, and worked in an emergency shelter for runaway youth. A former adjunct professor in literature and writing at the College of New Rochelle,Leslie graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Creative Writing.
In 2009, Leslie founded Trance4mation Games, a company formed as the overall company for her Keep It Real brand, Warrior Spirit Mission Homefront and RECHARGE Beyond the Bars Re-Entry games. Leslie’s Warrior Spirit Mission Homefront is an evidence-based reintegration communication game designed for soldiers and other military personnel and their families and friends. It has been heralded by thousands of veterans across all branches of the military as a valuable and indispensable forum that allows for open communication and reintegration, specifically when soldiers return home after tours of duty away from their families.
The RECHARGE Beyond the Bars Re-Entry Game, was created in 2013, to help presently and formerly incarcerated people heal, and to reintegrate into their families and communities, as well as to process their incarceration experiences. This evidence-informed game is presently being utilized in approximately 70 prison and jails nationwide, as well as in many community programs, and amongst families and friends.
For two years, Leslie was a Department of Defense Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Speaker, presenting to Service Members and their families nationwide. She was honored for her work by the President of Nasdaq, by ringing the closing bell at Nasdaq Marketsite on December 30, 2014. http://youtu.be/F0TG6qtT_wI . Leslie has developed and facilitated workshops on leadership development, diversity and inclusion, professional development, veteran reintegration and service learning on college campuses nationwide. Her areas of expertise are: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership Development, Team Building, Veteran Reintegration, Empowerment, Professional Development, Resiliency and Mental Health.
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