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2012 September

26 Sep


Partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington to IMPACT the life of a local youth!

September 26, 2012 | By |

On October 27, 2012, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s Next Generation Leaders (NGL) will host a Career Day at The Arc in Southeast DC. Career Day  provides high school age youth an opportunity to learn about an array of career options through creative, visual, and hands-on engagement.  NGL strives to expose D.C. youth to the world of career opportunities that await them, and is looking for volunteers to help make this event a success.

Please join this effort by volunteering to assist on the day of the event, either in a general capacity, or as a presenter.  You can also support the D.C. Clubs by making an online tax deductible contribution to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington need our help and every dollar raised will be used to provide much needed financial and programmatic support to D.C.’s clubs.

For more information regarding Career Day 2012, or to volunteer for Career Day 2012, please contact Mr. Ricky Allen at  For more information about Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, Next Generation Leaders, please contact NGL Chair Joseph A. C. Smith at

It’s no secret what a helping hand can mean in the life of a child. Together, we can be a hand of support to the kids of our city.

NGL Career Day Registration Form

October 27, 2012


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25 Sep



September 25, 2012 | By |

Emerging Leaders Town Hall w/ Roland Martin, ‘PREVIEW: A Red Carpet Affair 2012,’ &
the Young Elected Officials Roundtable

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22, 2012, IMPACT hosted three standing-room only events–a town hall, roundtable discussion, and an upscale red carpet event — during the 42nd Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). IMPACT featured more than 20 notable panelists during the Emerging Leaders Town Hall and the Young Elected Officials Roundtable, and with all three events combined more than 1,000 attendees participated.

African-American legislators, policy professionals, and community advocates led discussions at the Emerging Leaders Town Hall and the Young Elected Officials Roundtable. Both events equipped young professionals and budding politicos with the knowledge and tools needed to sustain a career in public policy, engage their local community, and network with their peers.

IMPACT’s CBCF ALC events featured appearances by Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Trayvon Martin family, Rep. Sheila Jackson- Lee (D-TX), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), NY Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Political Analyst Jamal Simmons, Florida House Rep. Alan Williams, Florida Commissioner Andrew Gillum, several Capitol Hill Chief of Staff, Journalist Jeff Johnson, Actress Tatyana Ali, and more.

Quick Highlights:

***On Friday, September 21, 2012 at 11 am ET, IMPACT hosted its annual Emerging Leaders Series Town Hall this year with Political Analyst and TV One’s “Washington Watch” host Roland Martin at the Washington Convention Center, Room 207, 801 Mt. Vernon NW, Washington, DC 20001. The event was on the official CBCF ALC schedule. Serving as the event’s moderator, Martin led the discussion with Civil Rights Leader Rev. Jesse Jackson and other notable panelists including Journalist Jeff Johnson, NY Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, Actress Tatyana Ali and others for four separate rounds of discussion. The Town Hall was recorded and aired on TV One this past Sunday, September 23, during regular programming. Panelists also engaged with audience members during a Q&A session. The official podcast from the event will be featured on the Roland Martin blog: Video interviews of each panelist–conducted by an IMPACT member–are available upon request. Official pictures from the Town Hall are also available.

***Later that evening, from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm ET, IMPACT hosted “PREVIEW: A Red Carpet Affair 2012” at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC, which honored our nation’s Emerging Leaders. Each month IMPACT features an young professional, dubbed IMPACT Leader of the Month, who makes significant positive contributions to their communities, both professionally and philanthropically. In the month leading up to PREVIEW, individuals were encouraged to vote for the person who embodies IMPACT’s three core principles (civic engagement, political involvement, and economic empowerment) through their professional accomplishments and work in the community.

IMPACT presented Founder/Editorial Director of Urban Cusp Rahiel Tesfamariam with the IMPACT Leader of the Year award. The event opened with Congressman Carson making remarks about IMPACT, then Sabrina Fulton, the mother of the slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin, along with her Attorneys Daryl Parks & Benjamin Crump, gave remarks as well. IMPACT Leaders of the Months were then recognized and the IMPACT Leader of the Year was recognized and awarded with a trophy.

‘PREVIEW: A Red Carpet Affair 2012’ provided guests with an intimate and elegant venue to interact with members of Congress and other notable, national leaders. Since its inception in 2006, PREVIEW has been a tremendous success. This year, more than 600 people attended PREVIEW, including community leaders and young professionals from around the world. Official red carpet photos are attached.

***On Saturday, September 23, 2012 at 11 am ET , IMPACT hosted the Young Elected Officials Roundtable from 10:30 am- 12:00 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 143C with young elected officials, policy professionals, and members of the Obama Administration.

The panelists included:

Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN)

Anton J. Gunn, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

Heather Foster, White House Office of Public Engagement

Jamal Simmons, Political Analyst- CNN/MSNBC

Maisha Leek, Chief of Staff, Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA)

Mikael Moore, Chief of Staff, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA)

Virgil Miller, Chief of Staff, Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA)

A.J. Brooks, Esq., Legislative Assistant, Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)

These panelists not only talked about their personal experiences working in the political field, but they also gave advice to a room filled with politicians, young professionals, and students. Video footage is available upon request. Official photos from the event are also available.

IMPACT (@teamIMPACT) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage and build a network of young professionals of color to foster civic engagement, increase knowledge of the political and legislative processes, and enhance economic empowerment opportunities. For additional information about IMPACT, visit


Watch a clip of the Emerging Leaders Town Hall here:

Official PREVIEW pictures here:

12 Sep


12 Sep


Emerging Leaders Town Hall

September 12, 2012 | By |

02 Sep


What it Takes to be an IMPACT Leader

September 2, 2012 | By |

IMPACT is proud to honor young professionals who make significant contributions both professionally and philanthropically.

Here are the 2011-2012 IMPACT Leaders of the Month

Joshua Humbert: Founder, Envest Fund
Paul C. Brunson: Match Maker Extraordinaire
Valeisha Butterfield – Jones: Director,Obama for America campaign
Zakiya Smith: Senior Advisor, White House Domestic Policy Council
Ifeomasinachi Ike: Policy Advocate, Consultant
Joshua DuBois: Special Assistant to the President
Waseem Zaffar: Labour Councillor in Birmingham, UK
Gregory S. Hall: Designer, Community Leader
Alex T. Johnson: Policy Changer, World Leader
Rahiel Tesfamariam: Journalist, Social Activist, Public Theologian
Hydeia Broadbent: HIV/AIDS Activist

These IMPACT Leaders are now in the running for IMPACT Leader of the Year.  Recognition will be provided to the Leader who receives the most votes in advance of Preview 2012: A Red Carpet Affair on September 21, 2012.

Vote NOW for an IMPACT Leader of the Year