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27 Feb


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27 Feb


February 27, 2013 | By |

Report Highlights Efforts to Combat Voter Suppression and Ensure Ballot Access

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, Wednesday February 27, 2013, as part of its #VoteReady campaign, IMPACT released its 2012 year-end report on the organization’s efforts to combat voter suppression and guarantee ballot access for young professionals of color during this past election cycle. The report is unveiled as arguments will be heard today in the Supreme Court in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, a case that challenges key provisions in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a landmark civil rights law designed to make voting a reality for African Americans in the south and discontinue voter suppression tactics, which kept them from the polls nearly 100 years after the Constitution guaranteed them the right to vote.

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Shelby County v. Holder, which is a case challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  Section 5 puts safeguards in place to prevent racial discrimination in elections by requiring many local areas (and some entire states) to seek approval from the Justice Department before implementing any election-related changes. Shelby County, Alabama, which is southeast of Birmingham, is one of those covered areas.

“After the surge of Voter ID laws proposed and passed along with incredibly long waiting times for voters in the 2012 election cycle, it is clear the Voting Rights Act remains a relevant and necessary tool for protecting voters rights,” said IMPACT Deputy Director Nina Smith. “Our #VoteReady report demonstrates the need for vigilance on the part of the federal government to ensure that all communities have the access and opportunity they need to be full participants in our democracy — a right millions have fought and died for.”

Last year, after recognizing the potential for voter suppression across the country, IMPACT launched #VoteReady, a campaign to inform and empower young professionals of color about their voting rights. Goals included registering eligible voters ages 40 and under, re-registering voters, encouraging early and absentee voting, educating peers about onerous voter ID laws, and leveraging social media to raise awareness and educate voters about how to exercise your right to vote. Specifically, the campaign utilized social media, including holding Super Twitter Tuesday Town Halls; targeted students with an IMPACT toolkit; and researched the impact of newly-enacted voter suppression laws to inform the broader public policy debate.

Partners of the #VoteReady campaign included the Congressional Black Caucus, Coalition for Black Civic Participation, Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights, AARP, SEIU, as well as celebrities and other notable figures including the Reverend Al Sharpton. In all, over a ten week period, IMPACT generated nearly 19 million impressions reaching an audience of almost 6 million followers through its Twitter town halls. In addition, through the IMPACT College Series, the organization supported efforts across ten college campuses to prepare young people to cast their ballots for the first time. Finally, shortly before Election Day, IMPACT released a report analyzing the effects of recent voter suppression efforts enacted by state legislatures.

To read the year-end #VoteReady report click here, and to read our voter ID report, click here.

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           




19 Feb


February 19, 2013 | By |


L to R: David Johns, Angela Rye, Joe Briggs, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Sarah Misailidis and Tyrik McKeiver

NEW YORK, NY – Last evening, on February 18 from 6-8 p.m., more than 200 young professionals of color from government, finance, philanthropic, research, and corporate sectors, had the opportunity to connect at IMPACT’s networking reception at Red Rooster Restaurant in Harlem. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) gave remarks during the event and spoke about the critical work and important role IMPACT serves nationally.

“IMPACT’s launch event in New York City drew a diverse group of professionals from all industries and career levels; it was encouraging to see so many emerging leaders in one room,” said Congressman Gregory Meeks. “Young people not only need good role models, but also opportunities to stay engaged and invested in their futures. I applaud IMPACT’s efforts to stay ahead of the curve and to lift others as they climb.”

IMPACT has a history of producing strategic networking events and relevant discussions with some of the nation’s most influential young professionals of color.  The group hosted this event during Black History Month and on President’s Day to not only recognize the historic re-election of our first-ever Black President, Barack Obama, but to also allow the region’s thought leaders to engage in dynamic dialogue while also expanding their network and creating new business opportunities.

The host committee for the NYC launch event included:

  • Hasaun Muhammad, Political Strategist & Business Developer
  • Tamika Mallory, Executive Director, National Action Network
  • Michael Skolnik, Editor in Chief, Global Grind
  • Marvin Bing, Northeast Regional Director, NAACP
  • Michelle Taylor, MPA, Program Director, Community Access, Inc.
  • Denaka Perry, Esq., Otterbourg, Steindler, Houston & Rosen, P.C.
  • Vernon Beckford, Harvard Business School Student

For photos from the event, please click: here.

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


13 Feb


February 13, 2013 | By |


IMPACT and The Root Host State of the Union Watch Party & Panel Discussion

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, February 12, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET, IMPACT and The Root hosted a State of the Union Watch Party & Panel Discussion at The Washington Post’s Community Room in Washington, DC.  College students and young professionals alike engaged in crucial conversations with guest panelists about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

“Now more than ever it is critical that young people continue to build on the momentum of Election Day by remaining vigilant and aware of the political process,” said Nina Smith, Deputy Director for IMPACT. “Being #VoteReady isn’t just about showing up and showing out on Election Day– it’s about taking every chance we get to be a part of the conversation — to be present, take action, and fight for our futures.”

“We are proud to host this event that brought young professionals together to discuss political issues relevant to their everyday lives,” said Lauren Williams, Deputy Editor of The Root. “Young people need a voice at the table and our discussion about President Obama’s State of the Union speech gave them a chance to do exactly that.”

The panel featured a diverse cross-section of experts and policy professionals including Chaka Burgess of Amgen, Inc.; Estuardo Rodriguez of The Raben Group, LLC; Gene Kim of the Asian Pacific American Caucus; and, Jehmu Greene, Fox News Commentator. The group conducted  a lively discussion, led by moderator Lauren Williams, Deputy Editor of The Root, and discussed  issues the President should cover in the State of the Union including  the economy, jobs, education, immigration, and gun control.

IMPACT and the Root stressed the importance of honoring the votes cast on Election Day by encouraging young people to get involved in their local communities, learning more about the elected officials who represent them, and finding ways to be a part of shaping President Obama’s second term agenda.

IMPACT (@teamIMPACT) and The Root (@TheRoot247) live tweeted during the State of the Union Watch Party using the hashtag  #IMPACTROOTSOTU. Official photos are available upon request.

IMPACT 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

The Root is the leading online source of news and commentary from an African-American perspective. Founded in 2008 under the leadership of Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard University, The Root offers a unique take on breaking news, provides solid analysis and presents dynamic multimedia content. The Root is owned by the Washington Post Company.  For additional information about The Root, visit


07 Feb


February 7, 2013 | By |

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Contact: Sarah Misailidis
Phone:  (202) 643-1340

IMPACT Releases Comprehensive #IMPACTHIV Year-End Report
on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

WASHINGTON – Today, as an acknowledgement of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, IMPACT, a nonprofit organization for young professionals of color, released its inaugural #IMPACTHIV year-end report (CLICK HERE) highlighting HIV/AIDS. The report details the scope of the HIV/AIDS epidemic among young minorities and provides IMPACT’s strategy to foster active engagement with young professionals throughout the year. Specifically, IMPACT intends to leverage their social media reach to increase awareness of resources and statistics to educate, inform, and spark conversations amongst young professionals of color; challenge youth populations to get tested at least twice yearly; and develop an international engagement program for young professionals in the United States to raise cognizance about the HIV/AIDS issues in Africa.

To date, HIV/AIDS remains a serious health challenge globally and, in particular, for young minorities in the United States. Of the nearly one million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, seven percent are youth, many of whom are unaware that they have the virus. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 25 percent of people who do not know their HIV/AIDS status are responsible for 50 to 70 percent of new HIV infections. In addition, almost half of new infections among youth occur in African American males, and of the 500,000 people infected with HIV each year, one in four is between 13 to 24 years old.

“The unconscionable effect that HIV/AIDS has caused in communities of color not only in the U.S., but globally, was the genesis for the #IMPACTHIV initiative,” said Nina Smith, IMPACT’s Deputy Director. “Through our vast network of young professionals committed to enacting change in their community, IMPACT is taking an integral role to empower our peers to envision and create a world free of HIV and AIDS in our lifetime.”

Throughout 2012 and 2013, IMPACT has created an agenda of events to continue the momentum of the #IMPACTHIV campaign including, hosting the “Champions of Change” reception during the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., which honored 14 individuals for their efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS in communities of color. One honoree, Lisa Bediako, of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation also participated in the #IMPACTHIV Twitter chat on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, last Tuesday, to educate and encourage young professionals to create change in their respective communities. Bediako was joined by Dr. Rani Whitfield, the Hip Hop Doc, the Magic Johnson Foundation, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., The National Hispanic Council on Aging, and the official host organization for National Black HIV/AIDS Day, Healthy Black Communities, Inc. Participants answered questions pertaining to HIV/AIDS as well as learn about the importance of testing, reducing the HIV/AIDS stigma, and informing their peer groups about important risk factors.

Additionally, this year IMPACT will continue further social media involvement through #IMPACTHIV; launch the #IMPACTHIV Campus Challenge, a push designed to increase the testing rates of young people by organizing leaders on college campuses to host testing events as part of a larger effort to establish a national youth testing day by 2014; and organize a travel group to Africa in order for young professionals to receive a global perspective on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in countries with some of the highest infection rates in the world.

Access the entire 2012 #IMPACTHIV year-end report HERE!

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


IMPACTHIV 2012 End of Year Report

07 Feb


State of the Union 2013

February 7, 2013 | By |

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05 Feb


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2013 Most Unique Getaways

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04 Feb


#IMPACTMLK 29 January 2013

February 4, 2013 | By |

#IMPACTMLK Twitter Town Hall

29 January 2013

Storified by TeamIMPACT· Mon, Feb 04 2013 11:10:36

RT @teamIMPACT: TODAY! Please join us at 1 pm ET as we continue our #IMPACTMLK Twitter Town Hall series – #Careers in Public Service. #IMPACTYourWorldMonica Ortiz
RT @teamIMPACT: Thanks for joining us for today’s final #IMPACTMLK Twitter Town Hall!!! Today we will discuss #publicservice #IMPACTJobs @RPublicServiceAyofemi
RT @teamIMPACT: In our first #IMPACTMLK conversation, we discussed #MLK’s life, #MLKDay history, & #MLKMemorial History #IMPACTJobsGina Waters-Payne
View our first #IMPACTMLK conversation here: #IMPACTJobsIMPACT
In our second #IMPACTMLK conversation, we discussed the #NationalDayofService & ways to honor #MLK’s legacy year-round @Interior #IMPACTJobsIMPACT
View our second #IMPACTMLK conversation here: @storify @SMCDCIMPACT
Organizations like @RPublicService exist to inspire our generation to serve in and transform government at all levels #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLKIMPACT
Today we talk #MLK’s legacy in the context of #publicservice & economic empowerment which #MLK focused on from 61-68 #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsBrandon Andrews
IMPACT hosted an #IMPACTJobs event in December 2012, and will focus on one of our core principles, economic empowerment, in 2013. #IMPACTMLKIMPACT
RT @teamIMPACT: View the conversation from our #IMPACTJobs here: @RPublicService #publicserviceDominique
First, a little history #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsIMPACT
RT @teamIMPACT: Dr. King delivered the “I have a dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLKBon Amant
RT @teamIMPACT: Commonly known as the #MarchOnWashington. The event was held August 28, 1963. 250,000 people in attendance. #IMPACTMLK #MLKDay #IMPACTJobsOshawn Jefferson
RT @teamIMPACT: #MLK announced the Poor People’s Campaign focusing on jobs & freedom for the poor of all races. #IMPACTMLK #MLKDay #IMPACTJobsTHE CBC
RT @teamIMPACT: @R3VJt check out the #MarchOnWashington exhibit at the @amhistorymuseum for more info #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsJeff Thames
August 2013 will mark the 50th anny of #MarchOnWashington. @TeamIMPACT looks forward to commemorating @interior @nationalmallnps #IMPACTMLKIMPACT
Last year, @TeamIMPACT directors assisted @OfficialCBC with its national #ForThePeople job fair tour. #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsIMPACT
IMPACT will continue Dr. King’s work in economic justice this year. Sign up to join us! #IMPACTMLK #MLKDay #IMPACTJobsIMPACT
RT @teamIMPACT: The basic definition of public service is a “service rendered in the public interest.” #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobs @RPublicServiceBrandon Andrews
Check out for more info on @RPublicService #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLKIMPACT
Lyndon Johnson told Civil Rights leaders that his internal efforts had to be coupled with their agitation to bring about change. #IMPACTMLKDavid Johns
RT @teamIMPACT: #MLK knew that you need agitators outside and policy-makers within government to bring about change. #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsJaimee
Orgs at every level of #gov need young professionals to revitalize, work in, lead government @RPublicService #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLKIMPACT
RT @MrDavidJohns: Pursue pubic service #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsPubic Sector
RT @MrDavidJohns: Submit resumes to #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLKCandiSimon
Heads up #CBCFAlumni! “@teambmichael: For Presidential Administration jobs: #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLK”CBCF Inc.
“Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”Mark 9:35 NIV #teachthebabies #IMPACTMLKDavid Johns
Find U.S. #Senate Jobs here: @USSenateNews #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLKBrandon Andrews
RT @teamIMPACT: Submit resumes to #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLKMagicJohnsonFDN
RT @KayMichelleEsq: Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. -Muhammad Ali #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsIMPACT
RT @teambmichael: Find U.S. #House jobs here: #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLKAniesia Williams
RT @MrDavidJohns: Find links to state level job openings here: #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsStephanieMaddinSmith
RT @teamIMPACT: Submit resumes to #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLKNinaSophia
RT @teamIMPACT: Last year, @TeamIMPACT directors assisted @OfficialCBC with its national #ForThePeople job fair tour. #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsSarah
RT @teamIMPACT: #MLK knew that you need agitators outside and policy-makers within government to bring about change. #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsAnshantia Oso
RT @MrDavidJohns: Submit resumes to #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLKYvette B. Williams
CORRECTION: Get the official list of #federal government job openings @USAJobs @USAJobsCareers #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsIMPACT
RT @MrDavidJohns: Submit resumes to #IMPACTJobs #IMPACTMLKHoneygirl Charly
Acknowledge that it’s bigger than you #IMPACTMLK #IMPACTJobsDavid Johns

02 Feb


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Taking Time to Pause and Reflect

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01 Feb


IL: Marvin Bing

February 1, 2013 | By |

Marvin Bing

Congratulations to our February 2013 IMPACT Leader of the Month, Marvin Bing.

Going from foster care, the Juvenile Justice System Marvin Bing has truly been grounded on the ideology of “It takes a village to raise a child.”

During the 1980’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania the only thing promised to a baby born into statistical margins is a life of crime, an unsatisfactory education, and projected failure. Nobody would have placed a child born into the epitome of “hell on earth” to be the future New York State Director for the One Nation Working Together Coalition that was held in Washington, DC in 2010, and one of the Lead Organizers for the End Stop and Frisk March that put 75,000 people in the streets of New York to protest the NYPD Stop and Frisk practices.

Marvin would spend his entire childhood in the foster care system going from home to home and eventually, due to his own actions, ended up in the juvenile justice system at the age of 14. It wasn’t until 2001 upon release from his third bout with juvenile detention, that Marvin understood even in the midst of his unfortunate reality that he was called to a greater mission: to reach back and make sure no one he encountered would have to endure the same trials he experienced.

After graduating from Summit Academy in Herman, PA with honors, Marvin followed his redirected dreams and quenched his thirst through his active involvement with the Children’s Defense Fund and the Young Democrats.  Now in his late-20s the Harlem, New York resident is taking his tragic experiences turned beautiful life change as well as his love for community, belief in human potential, and his passion for the disenfranchised, and is using the sum total of his experiences as a tool to invest in himself.  In 2010, Marvin was given The Guiding Light in The Community Award named after Philadelphia Former Congressman Lucien Blackwell by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.  He was also presented with a City Council Citation of outstanding citizenship from New York Councilwoman Inez Dickens.  In 2010, he was also named by City Hall News as a person under 40 to watch in New York City Politics.

Marvin is currently attending New York University studying Film and Media Studies to finish his undergraduate degree.  The son of so-called failures builds his life on the principles of community enhancement, through strategic initiatives in the areas of political accountability, urban development, social economics, education, and social development. Marvin Bing continues to beat the statistics. He was born an exception.

INTERVIEW | Getting to Know Marvin Bing

What inspired you pursue a career in advocacy and organizing?

My path to this work was through personal trauma, maybe more mental and emotional. I lost my mother when I was two years old, and my Father was in jail most of my life. I grew up in the foster care system, and juvenile justice system. I would see all these young brilliant minds trapped in a state of trauma and only acted out because they wanted someone to listen and help them understand their situation. At the point when I was being released from my third juvenile placement, I made a conscience decision that instead of adding to the problem and statistics — that I would commit the rest of my life fighting against injustice, fighting for people who made mistakes and needed a second chance, fighting for equality amongst all people (young, elderly, LGBT, women, all people of color, workers, and anyone who wanted a fair chance at a decent and productive life that needed an extra push when they gave up on themselves).

What is the key to balancing your professional, philanthropic and social commitments?

The funny thing is that in my work and my life everything is encompassed around all these things. In everything I do professionally, I try to figure out a way to give back and keep my social promise to the people that are being disenfranchised. I think it’s hard to separate, and the more you keep them intertwined, the better organizer you will be.

What is the biggest mistake young professionals make, especially when pursuing careers in advocacy and organizing?

I think there are three. The first mistake young people make is the idea that they can’t make mistakes. Mistakes are the building blocks of greatness. Second, some young people get into organizing with the wrong intent. Sometimes the people who live to serve the public become celebrities and a lot of people see them as that instead of public servants who serve the people. Third, many young organizers come into this work wanting to be a leader before they know how to follow. Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will your career in social justice or politics.

What advice would you give other young professionals who desire to excel, especially young men of color?

Believe in yourself even when others won’t, keep pursuing education, always outwork your idols, and don’t think being a person of color is a disadvantage.

What’s been the best experience of your career thus far or the most rewarding?

I think the best reward and experience in my career was meeting Bill Lynch. I was always active as an adult but once I met Bill, he gave me the confidence, the support, the knowledge, the history, and the opportunity to pursue whatever I wanted to pursue. He became a father to me and always gave me the backbone to believe in my dreams and what I wanted to accomplish for the people I cared about. Mentors who really care are a rare commodity these days, and Bill even when he was frustrated never turned his back on me, and always used my mistakes as a way to teach me to be better.

What’s next for you in your career? What should we look out for?

Every day there is an injustice happening and every day there is legislation being introduced to hurt or setback a group of people. I will continue to organize against attacks on voting rights, union rights, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and inequality in employment and wages. You should look out for the 50th Commemorative March on Washington for Jobs and Justice, as well as more advocacy work around foster care youth and young people in the juvenile justice system.

What is your Twitter Handle? What email address can people use to reach you?

You can reach me on twitter at @MarvinBing or simply email