25 Under 25 Honoree Spearheading Service Projects – UNITY, Inc.

25 Under 25 Honoree Spearheading Service Projects

Leslie Locklear

Leslie Locklear, Lumbee, and a UNITY 25 Under 25 Honoree, is putting her Action Planning training into practice as she spearheads three service projects.  Locklear is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a focus on Educational Studies and Cultural Foundations.  She recently served as a peer leader at the “Today Native Leaders” Training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Her three projects include a Healing Circle for inter-generational women, college prep workshops and higher education workshops. “The first healing circle will be held in December with inter-generational women in the One Spirit Dance Group in Guilford County, North Carolina. Within the North Carolina tribal community the women of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe came together to host healing circles as a way to not only support each other but to support the entire tribal community. These women met monthly to share their time, love and support with each other and celebrate their own strength and happiness while also opening their hearts and sharing each others struggles. I want to conduct similar circles in my community with the local women in order to join us together as Native women in a more urban environment,” said Locklear.

“I have been invited to present to parents and educators in Hoke County concerning the education of Native students. I am working to prepare this workshop and hopefully repeat it in various locations. The first workshop will take place December 8th. The college prep and higher education workshops will also take place in December.

The purpose of UNITY’s 25 Under 25 Leadership Awards program is to:

  • Recognize the accomplishments of Native young people, ages 14 to 25, who are dedicated to serving their communities
  • Provide training and hands-on learning activities that will increase the participants’ ability to serve their community
  • Encourage rising Native leaders to aspire to greater levels of achievement Build a support network of ‘service to community’ minded leaders that will grow with each year; and
  • Further the UNITY mission of building a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement

Nomination applications for the 25 Under 25 Leadership Awards Program will be available in February.