Janiece is a PhD candidate in Higher Education and grew up in Aurora, Colorado where she still resides as a wife, and mother of 4 children. Janiece has built her career of servant leadership from her narrative. She knew youth of color either weren’t interested in activism or they didn’t have a conduit to civically engage.  Due to being one of a few Blacks within academic, civic, and professional spaces, she created Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism (YAASPA). YAASPA endeavors to build the self-efficacy of Black and Brown youth to reclaim academic, civic, and career spaces through race conscious leadership and transformative organizing. YAASPA offers varying access points for youth to access civic education and engagement through classes, paid internships, youth councils, summer programing and beyond. YAASPA desires to develop and expand “healing praxis” for professionals of color to be their authentic selves in the nonprofit sector.

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