Sonja Sohn

Celebrity Servant: lives to fuse her entertainment expertise with her passion for service through empowering troubled youth and struggling families living in marginalized communities.

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Sonja Sohn was born and raised in the South, primarily in Newport News, VA, to an African American father and Korean mother during the post civil rights era. After a youth filled with love, struggle and small triumphs, Sohn set her sights on New York City where she lived for two decades, briefly attending various colleges and eventually marrying and raising two daughters before moving to Baltimore in 2003. In her late teens, Sohn found herself pursuing a career in the arts. After dabbling in fine arts as a painter, she became one of the pioneers in the spoken word scene in

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    After ‘The Wire’, Sonja Sohn couldn’t leave Baltimore’s troubled streets behind

  • INITIATIVES

    ReWired for Life! is a life skills, violence prevention and self-esteem building program that uses media, resource activities, and the arts as tools for personal transformation. Through various interactive lesson plans, participants learn the value of self-reflection and the necessity of thinking critically about their life choices, family and community relationships, and how to succeed in life and change the world around them. In the pilot program, the HBO hit series “The Wire” was used as a teaching tool where students view, analyze and discuss various episodes, while thinking about the implications of the themes in their lives. ReWired for Life! participants were youth, ages 14-21, who had been recently been released from the juvenile system. We are greatly indebted to Parks to People, and Youth Opportunity! Baltimore in East Baltimore. both for the valuable support and assistance they offered to the ReWired For Life! program during the pilot phase. ReWired for Change! is currently working to place this program in satellite locations.

  • The Baltimore Wake Up was a community empowerment initiative of Rewired for Change. Recognizing that the residents of our disenfranchised communities have limited, if any access to a national platform, but are still keeping up the “good fight” on the ground level everyday with little support, Baltimore City residents were empowered to develop and lead various community service projects. In the process, participants acquired the civic engagement and community-building skills needed to create long-term sustainable change in their own neighborhoods. The idea for The Baltimore Wake Up was originally cultivated by Donnie Andrews, Founder of Why Murder? and Sonja Sohn, Founder/CEO of ReWired For Change.

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