Inaugural J.U.S.T. Global Fellowship

The Inaugural J.U.S.T. Global Fellowship is Scheduled to Launch March 24, 2024

In partnership with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center (CMMLK) in Havana, Cuba, Youth Mentoring Collaborative (YMC) will host its J.U.S.T. (Journeys to Uncover Social Truth) Global Fellowship from March 24 to March 31, 2024, with thirteen youth participating in this inaugural education-focused fellowship.

By participating in the Fellowship, youth will learn about Cuban people and culture, develop the skills to be an advocate for social justice, and cultivate relationships with other youth locally and internationally.

"As an educator and international traveler, I understand the value of experiencing life in another country. My previous visits to various countries was life changing. I became a better human being. Not only were my preconceived notions challenged and corrected, I quickly learned that there is no end to brotherhood and sisterhood. It is my wish that every student is able to experience international travel and see the world for themselves. This is truly the very best way to address local and global issues while appreciating the beauty of a culture different from what they are use to."

NaShonda Bender-Cooke, Educator and Vice-Chair, YMC Board of Directors

2024 J.U.S.T. Global Fellowship Participants

Below are the youth participants for the 2024 J.U.S.T. Global Fellowship:

  •  Sagnik Das, Raleigh Charter High School
  • Sidney Smith, Jordan High School
  • Jada Sanchez, Durham Technical Community College
  • Sharmelle Das, Panther Creek High School
  • Zion Williams, South Garner High School
  • Nehemiah Powell, Wake Forest High School
  • Michelle Guerrero Gonzalez, Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School
  • Julissa Aguilar Galdamez, Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College High School
  • Charles Rice, North Carolina Central University
  • Justice Skinner, North Carolina State University

Below are the adult participants for the 2024 J.U.S.T. Global Fellowship:

  • Dr. Janeen Perry-Campbell, Wake County Public Schools
  • Idris Abdul-Aziz, Wake County Public Schools
  • Jacynthia Gray, Wake County Public Schools
  • Granvel Johnson, WCPSS - Helping Hands Mentoring
  • Alexandra Valladares, Comunidad de Durham
  • Tiffany Swoope, GRACED, Inc.
  • Dr. Corbin Smith, Zenith Management and Consulting, Inc.
  • Richard Crank, Rick Crank Photography
  • Ken Branson, MasterMIND Productions, Inc.
  • Atrayus Goode, Youth Mentoring Collaborative
  • Sontee Dean, Youth Mentoring Collaborative
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