"As a young girl, I was always curious. I ask what
many people consider ‘random’ questions. This is
why I describe myself as a thinker.
I extend my heart to justice. Putting an end to
greed and domination plays out in many ways for
me. This is why I describe myself as an activist.
I can be found in churches, recreation centers,
I am a former urban youth. I am committed to
schools, art galleries, shelters and anywhere youth
grow and thrive.
This is why I describe myself as a community educator.
learning from and building with them."
Maranda C. Ward is a pre-doctoral candidate
in the School of Education at George
Her research is translated
into practice as the Co-Founder and Executive
Director of Promising Futures.
Working as a community educator with program development, evaluation, grant writing and
She earned her MPH in Maternal and Child Health
management experience, her presentations
have spanned from urban youth cultures to the conditions
that produce violence and sexual risks. She works
as adjunct faculty at GW and the Washington
Middle School for Girls.
from Tulane University and her BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Spelman College.
I value RIGHTS. Everyone should naturally
have access to quality education, healthcare,
housing, family and the capacity to think freely
for how they want to exist in the world.
I value YOUTH. As the saying goes, I “think
I value COMMUNITY. Addressing poverty, bullying,
global yet act local” to support positive youth development.
gun control and HIV (etc) are social issues- not
personal ones. Programs that only
individual decisions miss the mark. Let’s work on
them in public, with community and for social gains.