Shanoah Washington, Sista 2 Sista
Shanoah Washington got lucky; she was able to escape a childhood of gang violence when her grandmother moved her to Florida and enrolled her in the St. Petersburg Boys & Girls Club.
But that’s where luck ended and the 18-year-old powerhouse’s strength and will took charge. Her involvement with the club not only enabled her to express herself through slam poetry, but also to evolve as a leader (including recognition as Youth of the Year for 2010 and 2011) and eventually start Sista2Sista, a mentoring program for girls.
Knowing their struggles firsthand, Shanoah works with the girls every day and holds weekly meetings to teach life skills and bring in guest speakers, her main objective being for each girl to develop the leadership, social, and communication skills she needs to succeed. Just like Shanoah. ;)
See Shanoah perform here:http://youtu.be/WAu_N-rASqk
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