UNA-OKC is excited to introduce you to our 2019 PowHer Microgrant and Community Care Spotlight award winners who will be briefly speaking on their projects during our International Women’s Day celebration on March 2, 2019.
Our adult PowHer Microgrant winner is Camille Landry of Nappy Roots Books. Camille is the owner and operator of Nappy Roots Books, a Black-owned and operated community bookstore on the northeast side of Oklahoma City.
Her project is related to The Sankofa Young Leaders Club, a tutoring and academic enrichment program. Sankofa, which means “Look back and remember” in the Woloff language of West Africa, introduces children to African and African American history and culture as the gateway through which they learn traditional academic subjects. They provide remedial and enrichment instruction in reading and language arts, mathematics, logic, research skills, computers, science, history, drumming and other subjects for children in grades 1-12. Younger children join in for story time and drumming. Their instructional model embraces a creative, child-centered approach where learning occurs in peer groups, through play and hands-on work. They also offer walk-in homework help every day the bookstore is open (Tuesday-Saturday).
They have a capacity of 25 students and a team of dedicated volunteers. On the average Saturday we serve about a dozen students. Most children drop in sporadically. Lack of transportation and the uncertainties associated with poverty are major obstacles to children’s regular attendance, both at Sankofa and in their schools. Nappy Roots Books will be granted $250.00 toward their project.
Our youth PowHer Microgrant winner is Jackii Luna. She is a junior at Southmoore High School, is passionate about access to education and strives to become an educator in a state that needs dedicated teachers. She hopes to study Elementary Education at the University of Oklahoma after graduating high school in 2020. Jackii discovered her passion for education while attending U.S. Grant High School her sophomore year. After witnessing the passion and impact her teachers had on students’ lives and futures, Jackii knew she wanted to become an educator. Jackii realized that she wanted to impact the lives of future students, just as her teachers have impacted her life.
Her project is related to the ACT Now Club which works to improve ACT scores for south side Oklahoma City Students. The University of Oklahoma’s average ACT score for an incoming freshman is a 23 – 29. However, the average ACT score of a student at US Grant School (USG) is a 15.1. How is college accessible for USG students if they are not scoring high enough on the ACT to be considered a competitive applicant? ACT Now is a club that will help address this problem. ACT Now is an academic club designed to help southside Oklahoma City high school students prepare for the ACT test. Being a future first-generation college student, she hopes to uplift her community and push her peers to pursue a higher education, just like she is. By helping them study for the ACT, she believes she can assist students, just like her, accomplish their goals and dreams of going to college. Coming from a Latinx household, she know how it feels to be told and conditioned to be content with being a housewife and mother, simply because she is a woman. She wants to prove that regardless of gender, social economic background, and race, you can succeed. With dedication, with motivation, and with education. She will be granted $250.00 toward her project.
Our Community Care Spotlight Award goes to Emma Butler and Christy Horn of The Hair Care Initiative, a diversity conscious resource for foster and adopted youth and their caregivers. Our mission is to connect Oklahoma’s foster and adopted youth and their caregivers with hairstylists specializing in ethnic hair. We aim to provide workshops, hair care kits, and a network of stylists in their area to empower both the child and the caregivers when approaching the child’s hair and skin needs. By addressing a need that many have overlooked, we are promoting understanding and confidence. A neat by product of The Hair Initiative is giving local businesses owned by people of color more clientele and exposure! At The Hair Initiative we believe every child deserves the dignity to feel confident and we want to ensure their caregivers have the support to make that happen. The Hair initiative will be granted $150.00 from UNA-OKC toward their project. Learn more about their work at http://www.thehairinitiative.org, on Facebook, and on Instagram.
Meet Emma Butler.
She is a native of central Oklahoma, is Founder and Executive Director of The Hair Initiative. She is also a legal assistant at Dunlap Codding where she assists Intellectual Property Attorneys in the prosecution of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she earned a degree in Political Science and was an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Emma is a Court Appointed Special Advocate, Post Adjudication Review Board Member, Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County Jr. Committee Member, a YWCA Allies Committee Member, and a member of Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL Class XIV. She is past member and Secretary for The Central Oklahoma Association of Legal Assistants. With a passion for the community, she has also volunteered for The City Rescue Mission, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Sister B.J.’s Pantry, and Gateway Independent Living. An avid documentary-watcher and true crime buff, Emma enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, volunteering, trying out new restaurants, and cheering on the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Meet Christy Horn.
She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Hair Initiative who works with Oklahoma foster children and their caregivers to connect them with resources to empower both the child and caregiver towards their specific hair needs. Christy is an alumna from the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned a degree in Sociology. After being with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare division for over five years, Christy has observed the dire need to further educate and support individuals about the beauty/hygiene necessity for our foster children. Christy has worked vigorously on spreading the word and breaking the silence to help improve the quality of life for our children in care. Christy has a vast knowledge of the child welfare system and effects of childhood trauma. She has served on the Post Adjudicatory Board for two years where she met Emma. Christy is a Tulsa native who enjoys spending time with her two dogs and husband of almost three years.
Join us March 2, 2019!
Come and meet these incredible changemakers and learn more about them at UNA-OKC and Raindrop Turkish House International Women’s Day program on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here for $10.00. Also learn more about our panelist here.
Silent auction items, snacks, and refreshments will be available.
If a scholarship is needed please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re able to donate, please do, as we will use it to cover individuals who want to attend but require financial assistance. UNA OKC is dedicated to accessibility for all and no one will be turned away.
People can also pay cash/card at the door the day of the event.
We hope to see you there!