I spent some time with some college students today. We discussed life post undergrad, budgeting, networking strategies, community involvement, and so much more. They need to know our stories, the successes and the failures. Each one, reach one!
Shared my story with some Miami-Dade County high school seniors for BankUnited's Summer Interns' Empowerment Day. They are inspired by our accomplishments because we look like them, grew up in the same communities as them, and experienced some of the same struggles as them.
Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board hosted a forum about youth violence, drugs, sex trafficking and more in North Miami. There was also a Farm share food distribution for community members. Kudos to Shirley Plantin and the entire team for a job well done.
This year I was selected to be a fellow with Broward County’s Chapter of the New Leaders Council. On June 1, 2017, from 5:30pm - 8:00pm, at the Hollywood Vine in Hollywood, FL, this year's fellows will be hosting a fundraiser for the incoming class of fellows. During this event, fellows will be showcasing their capstone projects -- ideas, programs, and events that will impact Broward County. My project was on the need to engage Haitian-American Millennials for positive change in the Haitian Community.
Little Known Haitian Facts
Check out some of these Little Known Facts about Haiti.
Hope you learned as much as we did.
City of North Miami Opening Reception, May 1, 2017
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime's
Haitian Heritage Month Opening Ceremony, May 6, 2017
Haitian Flag Day Weekend, May 18-21, 2017
Haitian Flag Day, May 18th
Interview with Chokarella with Immigration Attorney Vanessa Joseph & Youth Advocate Shirley Plantin, May 18th
Sounds of Little Haiti with Wyclef & Kreyol La, May 19th
Chef of the Caribbean Celebrity Brunch, May 21, 2017
Little Haiti Book Festival, May 28, 2017
Over the last three years I have been intentional in knowing and learning more about my Haiti. I've been reading and visiting. It is complicated to say the least but I am super optimistic. I believe in us and our ability to Avanse Ansanm!
I love being Haitian. I love our people, our food, our music, our culture, and what our beautiful flag represents. Our flag is a representation of Black Independence. It's a slap in the face of slavery and colonialism. We are far from perfect but we deserve to celebrate.
Happy Flag Day my Haitian people. Happy Flag Day Black Diaspora.