Aya Settles (bottom left), Nakaia Wells (center), Isabella Kaye Mclaughlin Getahun (top left), Adjo Evonlah (top right), Sara Tobin (bottom right)
Meet our 2021 Rock Star Awardees:
Adjo Evonlah will Advocate for acceptance of natural hair. She plans to create a business plan to launch a hair product startup and launch a website.
Isabella Kaye Mclaughlin Getahun will provide positive role models for young women and girls of color. She will partner with powerful women of color to organize YouTube Live sessions, so girls can ask questions and connect with positive role models.
Aya Settles will help teenage girls battling self-image issues by hosting webinars, workshops and maintaining and expanding the iSeeMe.Love website to offer girls positive affirmations and quotes, as well as self-care routines and girl-power information.
Aras Tobin will launch a mentorship platform to support young women to volunteer, to take part in extracurricular groups and explore different avenues of learning. She plans to bring together motivational speakers who will support young women to grow in their leadership potential.
Nakaia Wells will raise awareness on how retailers can make shopping accessible to visually impaired youth and partner with a store and start a project creating special labels that are friendly to vision impaired people.
From L-R: Ronjai Beckwith, Ramani Wilson, Aniyah Redd, Maisha Imam, Madelynn Martin, Morgan Hicks, Maisha Imam, Kayla Holliday, Rebecca York, Achanta’e Clark, Reina Dufore and Marlin Ramos.
Meet our new Rock Star Fund Awardees along with their project descriptions:
- Ronjai Beckwith will teach parents and their children how to grow a sustainable garden and how to cook with fresh produce.
- Ramani Wilson will provide training and education for young women of color to learn to recognize abusive relationships in their lives.
- Aniyah Redd will film a short documentary of conversations with students, teachers, and administrators, discussing things happening to LGBTQ youth, including statistics on the number of LGBTQ youth who commit suicide or are killed every year.
- Madelynn Martin will conduct a “Cupcakes and Conversations” series to create spaces for girls of color to find their voice and engage on issues that matter to them. Some of these activities include creating a vision board, writing goals, generating a self-affirmation list, creating a gratitude list, and art therapy.
- Morgan Hicks will create “Art and Soul,” a student-led safe space for youth of color to express themselves and explore their mental health issues with school social workers and a psychologist through art therapy.
- Maisha Imam will launch a mentorship platform through Muslim Women’s Professional Network (MWPN) for the marginalized community of Muslim women.
- Kayla Holliday will help young women of color gain financial literacy—bank accounts, credit cards, basic budgeting and the importance of saving, obtain work readiness skills and learn about job opportunities.
- Rebecca York will produce UNPACK/ED, a series of free, online facilitation tools to help people begin unpacking issues including but not limited to racism, classism, homophobia, and transphobia in their close networks.
- Achanta’e Clark will organize a circle of healing and a safety and violence prevention workshop, and create a pamphlet showing the types of services various organizations offer for young women of color who have been abused mentally, physically, or verbally.
- Reina Dufore and Marlin Ramos will establish a website and print edition for the second issue of Lumxn—a zine that shows people in their most authentic and vulnerable states to better understand themselves and one another.