“We are all connected.”
“I’d rather try and fail than never try and wonder what could have happened.”
I’m not sure who was the first person to come up with these thoughts, or some version of them, but they are the creeds by which I live my life. Imagine life’s potential when curiosity and creativity are nurtured, and where “failure” isn’t a bad word. Imagine a world where every person is in touch with the impact they make on everything in the world around them. The Roots & Shoots ideology, by focusing on the potential and influence of youth all over the world, helps bring both of these possibilities a bit closer to reality.
I am learning to embrace the fact that I am a pop culture junkie.
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Kamilah brings her years of experience in youth development, philanthropy, international education, and nonprofit management to the Roots & Shoots family. She works with a talented and passionate team to manage the National Youth Leadership Council and school service learning initiatives.
Kamilah has been profoundly impacted by the many unique educational experiences and fascinating people she’s had the opportunity to be exposed to in her life. It is in appreciation of these life opportunities that she wakes up every day with the goal of helping to make sure young people have the resources, information, and experiences available to become the most engaged and productive people they can be.
Kamilah spent a good portion of her career working in philanthropy where she was in the position of helping to fund nonprofit organizations and young adults working all over the globe for various civic, educational, and personal pursuits. She is also the Founder of Positive Prospects, a youth development, experiential learning organization based in Brooklyn, NY. Her areas of expertise include experiential learning and youth development; international and cross-cultural education, college access, fellowship, and scholarship programming.
Kamilah is a graduate of the City University of New York’s National Urban Fellows leadership program, where she also earned her Master’s in Public Administration. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland, College Park.
In 2008, Kamilah was one of thirty-five New Yorkers awarded a New York University Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service.