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Lavonzell Nicholson is the founder of Play NOLA, a sports and social club that is uniting a huge community of young people in the city of New Orleans. Lavonzell played basketball in college but after hurting her leg, she pursued a career in the non-profit world. She discovered a passion for improving communities and working […]

Professor, Lawyer, and Non-Profit Founder, Nghana Lewis

Nghana Lewis has always loved teaching and debate. As a child she loved to read, play school and argue with friends. She currently teaches English and African & African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University and is a practicing lawyer. Nghana is also the Founder of two non-profits. She started the ESSENCE Program, a non-profit organization […]

Martin Klabunde: Using Music to Awaken People to their True Potential

Martin Klabunde is the founder of The Dambe Project and Collective Awakening. When Martin Klabunde first experienced West African style drumming, it was as if he had discovered an entirely new musical language.  He found that music it not only a form of communication, but it also has the power to teach people and lead […]

Kim Larkin, Starting a Contemporary Art Gallery

Kim Larkin is the director of the contemporary art gallery Modified Arts, in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.  Kim, who was always interested in art growing up, got a degree in art history from the University of Utah.  She took a semester off during her undergraduate years and traveled around the world with her brother and his […]

Ocean Robbins, Empowering Young Change-Makers

Ocean Robbins is the founder of YES!, a non profit organization dedicated to empowering young change-makers focusing on tackling environmental and social issues. Ocean is the grandson of Irvine Robbins, the founder of Baskin-Robbins ice cream company. Ocean’s father, John, grew up swimming in an ice cream shaped pool and was being groomed to take […]