Mary-Pat Hector, born in Atlanta, is a recent graduate of Spelman College. At 21-year-old Mary-Pat Hector knows how to change the world. She grew a community service project into a non-profit: Youth in Action USA at the age of 12. By the age of 19, she became the youngest woman and person of color to run for public office in the state of Georgia, losing by only 22 votes.
Mary-Pat serves as the National Youth Director for National Action Network; one of this countries largest Civil Rights organizations. Through her duties at NAN Mary-Pat has led and organized hunger strikes that have gained more than 75,000 meals for students at HBCU's, developing an initiative to end student hunger on college campuses. She has also organized rallies to end police violence in communities of color and, developed youth entrepreneurship programming that has assisted hundreds of young people to kickstart licensed businesses.
One of her proudest accomplishments is becoming a Fellow of Peace First. She was awarded the $50,000 fellowship for her national campaign call Think Twice a national campaign that educates youth on non-violence and other issues crippling her generation. Her national campaign provides teen-safety workshops for schools, trains teens and college students in many areas of youth advocacy techniques.
Not content to rest on her accomplishments, Mary-Pat speaks at high schools, colleges, conferences, women's events, and crisis shelters across the U.S. In addition to her duties at NAN Mary-Pat serves as Youth Leader for Usher’s New Look Foundation. Mary-Pat delivers keynote presentations calling for teen activism; her story inspires; her how-to strategies give young people their own road map for changing the world.
"Tu no necesita
You don't need permission to be great!