LE’KEDRA ROBERTSON, FOUNDER/PRESIDENT
As a social entrepreneur, youth/community outreach consultant Le’Kedra has proven herself to be a lady of distinction and character. The Founder/President of The Milne Inspiration Center (MIC), she is committed to increasing opportunities and decreasing unproductive behavior that often lead youth to crime through arts, culture and social entrepreneurship. The Milne Inspiration Center is a safe space for the voice, vision and development of young leaders to reach their purpose filled futures
Her experience as the MIC-AMPED! Leadership Summit Director, Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Educator, Finding Our Folk Tour Manager, and mentor has allowed her to work with middle and high school students and students incarcerated or risk of being incarcerated. This afforded her the opportunity to understand the difficulties face by youth in low-income homes and government neglected communities. Also she recognizes the importance of trust building, and successfully establishing relationships with students, parents and teachers that result in safe learning environments in often challenging situations.
Le’Kedra was featured in an article on Nola.com, click here to read it.
JESSICA DANDRIDGE, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Jessica Dandridge is an advocate for grassroots organizing that seeks to impact the current educational environment; through the promotion of youth driven leadership, educational equity, and community advancement. Born in New Orleans and a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.A in Political Science, Ms. Dandridge began organizing at 15, and since then has worked with various organizations around issues preventing the advancement of youth in urban areas.
She continues to advocate for educational advancement, and anchored several campaigns insuring youth voice is heard and developed into better policy procedures. Today her goal is to ensure young people believe in the power they hold to impact their future. She believes by expanding the knowledge of young people beyond their borders, and giving youth responsibility to impact the world around them they will mobilize one another for a brighter future.
LADONYA WILLIAMS, PROGRAM MANAGER
Ms. Williams is a native of New Orleans who is committed to youth leadership development, improving access to quality education and promoting community health and wellness. Throughout her career, she has served in various capacities at nonprofit organizations. The majority of her work has been youth-focused, youth-driven programs to improve literacy, education and health outcomes of youth and their families.
Ms. Williams earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in Community Health Sciences. She professes that her work is fueled by a desire to facilitate a safer, healthier and brighter future for children and youth to grow and thrive. This passionate commitment leads her to support the vision and work of the Milne Inspiration Center.
RASHIDAH WILLIAMS, MARKETING CONSULTANT
Rashidah is a native of New Orleans who is an advocate of Community Empowerment. She believes in the solidarity and strength of the human desire for a better life. Originally trained as an architect, Rashidah uses her creativity to create graphics to professionals in the Architecture, Advertising, Event Planning, Health Care, and Non Profit Industries. Armed with a holistic perspective and boundless imagination, Rashidah desires to design the unique vision people have into fruition. As a creative professional, Rashidah’s process is simply communication, mutual understanding, and development of beneficial solutions.