The Executive Director Emeritus and Founder of Voices UnBroken is Victoria Sammartino. Victoria (Tory) is a Bronx native who participated in a number of youth programs as a teenager, including CityKids and The Ella Baker/Cleveland Robinson Academy (run by the NYS Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and Institute for NonViolence). She began keeping a journal as a child and has traveled around the country facilitating writing workshops and performing her own poetry.
Tory holds a BA in Community Arts from Bennington College, and in 2001 she was awarded a Union Square Award for the work of Voices UnBroken. In 2005, she received a Robert Bowne Foundation Practitioner-Research Fellowship and spent a year researching the impact of arts programming on incarcerated youth. From 2009-2010 she participated in the We Are The Bronx Fellowship, a program of CAUSE-NY. And in 2010, she participated in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program for Private Sector Leaders run by Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.
Tory is available for consulting on working with youth in juvenile justice facilities and creating appropriate writing curriculum.