Alayah Glenn’s induction into the Order of the Golden Fleece

Congratulations to Alayah Glenn on her induction into The Order of the Golden Fleece! Glenn, a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was inducted into the prestigious organization on March 21st. Founded in 1904, the Order of the Golden Fleece is the university’s oldest and highest honorary society. Those eligible for selection must possess exemplary character and have made a significant, lasting contribution to the university.

Glenn co-founded the Caribbean Student Association, a small community of students that seeks to educate and celebrate Caribbean culture and its contribution to the modern world. Her passion stemmed from personal ties with the region and her knowledge of the economic and political barriers that keep citizens from accessing higher education. To help aid this problem, Glenn has created a scholarship endowment to have students from the Caribbean attend UNC. Glenn said, “I wanted my time at UNC to be defined by my using the resources and privilege I have available to me to empower the communities I belong to and that I can support.”

Glenn contributes part of her success to Movement of Youth. Glenn said, “ Movement of Youth is critical to any success I’ve had at this university and beyond. Seeing Atrayus as an example and knowing his work ethic and passion allowed me to be more transparent about the things that I cared about and motivated me to imagine that I could make a change.”

Following graduation, Glenn will be working in Montgomery, Alabama as a Justice Fellow for the Equal Justice Initiative. The non-profit organization and law firm challenges issues of racial discrimination and poverty. She hopes that her experience, both past, present, and future, will continue her growth as a leader and advocate for social equality.

Braxton and Carrington Smith: Bowling Pros

Siblings Braxton and Carrington Smith at bowling alleySiblings Braxton and Carrington Smith are “striking” out their competition! The competitive bowlers have recently earned their highest game scores ever in their eight-year career. Carrington has a high game of 224 and Braxton has a high game of 255.

Of course, it was no easy feat! Carrington said, “[Competitions] can be nerve racking. There are a lot of people around and it can cause several distractions. We have to remember to stay focused.” Their hard work and determination have led them to win scholarship money, too. Talk about a lucky strike!

The siblings also enjoy other activities. Carrington loves art, writing, and dancing. Braxton also enjoys art, in particular drawing, as well as playing soccer and basketball.

MOY Alum, Jharrison Gillespie looks back on his experience with MOY

headshot of Jharrison GllespieJharrison Gillespie was a mentee at MOY for four years and many of his experiences have shaped him into the person he is today. Gillespie said he specifically benefited from the college application process discussions, interview tips and college tours. His best memory with MOY is the weekend that he got to stay at a college campus overnight with his mentor. Gillespie had the chance to go to class with his mentor, eat on campus, play basketball and participate in other fun college activities. “I was a college student for a day and loved it,” he said.

Jharrison values the skills and experiences he gained through participating with MOY.

Jharrison currently works with TEKsystems (a subsidiary of Allegis Group), the largest private talent management firm in the world. TEKsystems has been named to the FORTUNE Magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For” list two years in a row.

Mentor of the Month – Kelsey Williams

Kelsey WilliamsKelsey Williams is 19-years-old and attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She began her involvement with Movement of Youth in November of 2013, when she decided to become a mentor.

From her 5 months of being involved with MOY, she believes that the kids benefit from this program by being driven by like-minded students who want to be successful. “When you are surrounded by positive people, you want to do better,” says Williams.

The kids are not the only ones benefitting from what MOY has to offer. Williams believes that by being a part of this program, she is able to give back.

Mentoring has also helped Williams learn about leadership styles through MOY activities. Her best memory yet with MOY was Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) on Saturday, February 8th. To be one of the people protesting and trying to make change, along with her mentees, allowed them all to benefit from making a difference in some small way.