Jada Drew Receives Grant
Jada Drew ’07 has received a $1,000 grant to support So Fresh & So Green, an initiative she started to promote green living in her hometown, Rich Square, N.C.
The Pollination Project, an organization that provides seed grants to individual change-makers, awarded the grant with support from Green for All. Jada is Africana Community coordinator and interim director for educational initiatives and community partnerships in Guilford’s Multicultural Education Department.
The So Fresh & So Green Project is a youth-centered, multi-generational initiative that is providing green education, launching a youth leadership program, and continuing the So Fresh & So Green Science & Art Competitions.
“I am starting this project because the youth in the area are in need for a social change initiative because of the poverty existing in the area,” Jada said. “My goal is to increase awareness of Green initiatives and to create jobs, primarily through using the resources of the land.”
The project will directly support more than 100 youth participants, 12-15 youth leaders and at least 10 adult leaders to mentor the youth. Rich Square, which had a population of 931 according to the 2000 Census, is located in Northampton County near Roanoke Rapids.