Peter Karl Youngren
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Karl has worked in the charitable realm for over twenty years. He has founded and been the Executive Director of numerous large scale charities. As a tireless advocate for social justice, Peter Karl has worked with numerous other charitable organizations and governmental bodies including Sick Kids Hospital and the Salvation Army. Additionally, Peter Karl Youngren has been a guest lecturer at numerous Universities and Conferences around the world with over 5,000 in attendance at one time.
Peter Karl sat on an advisory panel with the Honourable Alvin Curling during a provincial review on the roots of youth violence. He is a world traveler, having been to over 40 countries across four continents and in 1994, he worked in the UN refugee camps in Rwanda which changed his life forever. A passion for study took Peter Karl to the University of Waterloo as well as the University of Oxford (England). His passion for seeing kids lives changed led him to found and build the Hurt No More organization both in the United States and Canada.
Born in Georgetown, Guyana, Joseph Khargie immigrated to North America at the age of three with his family. With over ten years of youth leadership experience and seven of those years spent directly affecting community development, Joseph has the versatile skills to implement HNM programming.
Since 2007, Joseph has worked as a Community Organizer in the charitable sector forming lasting relationships with various school boards and police services. This has allowed him to reach out to thousands of at-risk-youth on a monthly basis. Joseph is a focused, intelligent, and energetic young man who is highly regarded by students, teachers, and parents alike. He has worked in some of the toughest neighbourhoods in North America, creating youth-engaging programs.
Chief Research Officer
Sasha brings extensive experience and energy to HNM, as an evidenced based neurobehavioral researcher. Honored as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, she earned a BA in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, with a concentration in philosophy from Harvard University. Her thesis on the infamous Central Park Jogger Case was a meta-analysis of case law relating to juvenile custodial interrogations, psychological coercion, and false confessions.
In additon, she headed up the case management team of a successful school-based mentorship program in Harlem, New York. She was also a New York City Family Court appointed mediator, for non-custodial parolees who were allowed visits with their children, and a mentor to violent youth offenders released out of Rikers Island Prison. For a number of years, she also was a US national transport agent for adolescents with aggression and drug abuse issues, escorting them to school-based behavioral facilities for long term treatment.
She then started an expert witnesses firm researching adolescent neuropsychological issues for attorneys and psychopharmacologists, strengthening her interest in developmental neuroscience. As a graduate student, she became the master data collector in an academic neurogenesis lab before switching gears to study the neural circuits of empathy and aggression in an fMRI neuroimaging lab in a teaching hospital.
Currently she is working toward her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at Queens College with an interest in the neurodevelopment of empathy, aggression and the relationship to adult crime using big data analysis, Matlab and R programming languages. Her research on neuropsychology and warfare has been presented at the U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint and submitted for publications.
Sasha is currently working with Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times best selling author, neuroscientist, David Eagleman, PhD, at the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at Baylor College of Medicine, as a Research Fellow, where she leads the data collection efforts. She is excited to be Hurt No More's Chief Research Officer, and looks forward to expanding the program by providing statical data that empowers the driving force behind the program.