I am 23 years old and I serve as an Academic Interventionist for Detroit Public Schools. I am a recent graduate of Western Michigan University(2020). I also serve as an Information Technology Specialist for the Michigan Army National Guard.
Upon my graduation at Western Michigan University, I wanted to find a way to give back to the youth in my city. I began to reflect on the programs and people that helped me on my journey. Debate instantly came to mind. I realized that my high school debate course played a significant role in my confidence in public speaking, my increased literacy, and my conflict resolutions skills. I wanted to help install these same strengths into the youth. This is when the idea of Umoja Debate Team came to mind.
I founded Umoja Debate Team with the goal to teach to teach students ages 12-15 how to debate and to give them opportunities for self-expression, while teaching:
The importance of unity
Conflict resolution skills
Confidence in public speaking
Increasing Literacy: Becoming skilled readers, writers, speakers, listeners, and thinkers