Meet The Leadership

 

Asha Freeland

Co-Founder

Asha Freeland is a native of Durham, North Carolina, and a recent honors graduate of the illustrious North Carolina Central University. In May 2020, Asha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and is a full-time Registered Nurse at UNC hospital in heart and vascular services. 

 

Since a young age, Asha has had a passion for community outreach and service. She actively volunteers to assist local organizations with women's health awareness events and youth-focused activities. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, initiated through the Alpha Lambda Chapter at NCCU.

 

Asha's interest in mentorship stemmed from early childhood experiences coupled with the continued support of her village. She recognizes that she did not get to this place in her life by herself and has a deep desire to give back. She is overjoyed to begin this journey to lift young girls in the community alongside her co-founder and life-long friend, Taylor Dorsey-Flowers.

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Taylor Dorsey-Flowers

Co-Founder 

Taylor Dorsey-Flowers is a Health Educator, Community Advocate, and native of Durham, North Carolina. She graduated from Hampton University with a B.S. in Health Sciences with a concentration in community health promotion.  Currently, Taylor is a Grad Student at North Carolina Central University, where she studies Human Development and Family Consumer Science.  She has a passion for serving her community and pouring into the lives of young girls.

In addition to her passion for health education, Taylor also has a long-standing love and commitment to learning, performing, and teaching performing arts. She has performed with several dance companies in North Carolina including, Harambee Collective, African American Dance Ensemble, and Collage Dance Company, where she served as the dance captain for several years.

 

Taylor has worked with children for over six years in a plethora of different capacities including, working as a summer camp counselor at Durham Regional Theatre and Justice Theatre Projects summer camps. Additionally, she has taught numerous dance classes and workshops in Virginia and North Carolina.

 

Taylor currently serves on the Board of Directors for Durham Regional Theatre, an organization that is intentionally multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and intergenerational theatre. She also serves as the Young Adult Volunteer Coordinator for Hope For Hair, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting women undergoing cancer treatment. Taylor's commitment to improving the lives of others is in-line with the African Philosophy, Ubuntu, "I am because we are." 

Diamonique Johnson

Program Director

 Diamonique Johnson is a native of Durham, North Carolina. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology (2018) and Master’s in Social Work (2021) from North Carolina Central University. Diamonique is licensed as a clinical social worker-associate.

 

During her educational career, Diamonique served as a social worker intern for Duke Hospital and Durham Public Schools. She focused on creating strong mentoring relationships with students and their families.

Diamonique has worked extremely hard to pour positivity into her community and the youth. She believes in the importance of education and creating a legacy that will last forever.

“Reflect on yourself. Define your legacy and move forward with purpose and focus.”

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Raven Reaves-Jackson

Director of Marketing & Public Relations

A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Raven Reaves-Jackson is a multimedia journalist and digital marketer who graduated from Hampton University with a B.A. in journalism; and an area of emphasis in the School of Business. Raven was actively involved while attending undergrad. She was a member of various clubs, including the National Association of Black Journalists, American Marketing Association, Onyx 11 Community Service Committee, and an intern with the Homecoming Committee.
 
Raven spent majority of her free time in Virginia volunteering throughout the Hampton Roads community; she volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of Newport News, the Peninsula FoodBank, and Phoebus High School. Her most memorable volunteer moment was when she was able to bring comfort and laughter to the hearts of many young girls at the Bloom Middle School Conference.
 
Raven first got her start in the entertainment industry as a college marketing representative for Sony Music. Additionally, in college, she participated in numerous internships and major based extracurricular activities to broaden her journalistic and marketing skills. She was the web editor and contributing writer for The Hampton Script, promotions assistant for Entercom Norfolk, a social media intern for The BOSS Network, a broadcaster for the Smooth 88.1 WHOV student newscast, a producer and technical crew member for Hampton University WHOV-TV newscast, a floor director and news intern for The Hampton Roads Show/Fox 43 Wavy-TV 10 News, a Hampton University Athletic Marketing team member, an AT&T Summer Learning Academy extern, and a contributing writer, interviewer, and social teams member for Hampton University's chapter of Her Campus.
 
Currently, Raven is a social and digital brand creative for ViacomCBS, working directly with the shows department for MTV and VH1 brands. Raven prides herself on being hardworking, dedicated, and reliable; and believes that success comes to those who work diligently and put genuine energy out into the world. She is remarkably excited about the extraordinary journey the G.R.O.W.T.H team is about to embark on and has high expectations the team will significantly impact several young girls' lives today and in the future.

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