About Shane Manier…

Shane Manier is a Creative Coach, Artist, Poetry Mentor and National Spoken Word Poet based in the Charlotte Metro Region of NC. She is the founder of Guerilla Poets, a nonprofit outreach art collective with branches in the US and UK. As a poet and artist, she has been featured at many shows and venues all across the Southeast while completing many outreach programs as an activist. She is currently the Spoken Word and Arts Teaching Instructor for Behailu Arts Academy, The Harvey B. Gantt Center, Henderson High School, Playing for Others and Center for Faith in the Arts current Artist in Residence.


Learn more about Shane’s Talk…

Title: There’s No Such Thing As A Bad Kid

Description: When you help a teen who is struggling with behavioral challenges discover their needs, then their needs can be met so that their trauma can begin to heal. By discovering what their needs are for themselves, it allows their brain to create new neural pathways that redirect their outbursts into creative alternatives.

What do you want people to learn from your talk? There is always a reason for bad behavior in children and teens, and by helping them discover ways to heal instead of judging them for their reactions, we can build a better future for them to succeed.

What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? To get involved locally in teen and youth programs and public schools to provide arts programming for personal development.


Learn more about Shane…

Where is your hometown? Kannapolis NC

What are your hobbies? Painting and Poetry

What are you passionate about? Helping youth and teens overcome their obstacles

What draws you to Charlotte? The potential of people from all different backgrounds coming together to work on a project and make a change in their communities. Charlotte is so diverse and has such great potential for impact.

What is the best compliment you’ve received? “Thank you for being a safe space for me to address the issues that are holding me back”

What do you want to be remembered for? For inspiring others to walk in grace and love, heart forward.

How do you push the boundaries? Through my art, poetry, and advocacy I challenge the stereotypes of what it means to be an at-risk youth and vocally ask “what is the source of the problem” for many social issues so that we can discover solutions instead of perpetuating frustration.

What does your happy place look like? Being in a classroom working on personal development through art

What is one thing that you would like to share that is unknown about you? I love to go to open mics and live speed paint performers before they leave the stage.

Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? I believe Charlotte is growing both as a city and as a community. There are so many groups getting more involved in how they can help others, and it is so inspiring. I think five years from now we are going to see a more supportive Charlotte with many more opportunities available for people who didn’t have them before.


The most important questions…

What animal will be our future overlords? Sea Otters, they are brutal.