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Sondra Samuels

Justice Department's Weed and Seed Initiative, 1994

Sondra (service began in 1994, Justice Department's Weed and Seed Initiative) learned two big takeaways from her time in AmeriCorps. First: Place matters. She believes living where you serve is the ultimate in connection to any struggle. She now lives and works in North Minneapolis, a community where disparities abound, and where families and children are isolated by race and income. It is a place where African Americans and people of color are disproportionately impacted by failing schools, community violence,  poor housing and diminished access to employment, healthy foods and transportation. Her second takeaway is the understanding that we are each born into a universal mission to do our part to make our country and world better. Sondra says, “I believe, as Frantz Fanon, the African philosopher, so eloquently stated, ‘Each generation, out of relative obscurity, must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it.’"   Sondra also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Botswana, Africa through the Small Enterprise Development Program from April 1992 to May 1994.

President and CEO of Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ)
Minneapolis, MN
“I believe, as Frantz Fanon, the African philosopher, so eloquently stated, "’each generation, out of relative obscurity, must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it.’