Minnesota Sigmas: 2012 Founder's Day Celebration
On January 14th The Minnesota Sigmas will be hosting the 2012 Founders Day Celebration commemorating 98 years of dedication to the principles of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service in an entertaining and informative event. Attendees will enjoy dinner, a live musical performance, and a keynote address from Sondra Samuels an accomplished community activist and the CEO of Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ).
Awards distributed to community partners and Minnesota Sigmas will be showcasing what Phi Beta Sigma has accomplished in the state of Minnesota over the past year as well as acknowledging brothers who have made great strides in Sigma.
Amos Haynes Scholarship
The Amos Haynes scholarship will be distributed to a local high school junior or senior that demonstrates an outstanding entrepreneurial ability through submitting a most innovative and impressive business plan.
About Sondra Samuels
As the PEACE Foundation DBA Northside Achievement Zone CEO and NAZ co-founder, I provide leadership, vision, oversight and direction for the overall organization and collaborative strategies. I have a direct role in managing and overseeing resource development, school-based strategies and the systems-change, policy-level work of NAZ.
Under my leadership, the PEACE Foundation founded and led initiatives such as the Northside Policy Action Coalition (NPAC), a group which in 2009 helped pass a law classifying youth violence as a public health issue; the Northside Allies, a group of suburban churches committed to lending its resources to empowering North Minneapolis leadership; and the Hope Collaborative, an education reform movement that convened forums bringing to Minneapolis successful school leaders who provided examples of effective strategies for educating low-income minority students. I also serve on the board of KIPP Stand Academy, an innovative charter school in Minneapolis, and Catalyst Community Partners, a cutting edge community and real estate development organization focused on North Minneapolis. I am most recently working with a high-level team to establish MinnCAN, (Minnesota’s Campaign for Achievement Now), the first statewide Education Policy advocacy group in MN, and will serve on the first MinnCAN board.
I bring my experiences as a marketing manager, an entrepreneur and Northside community activist to my leadership at the PEACE Foundation. Ultimately, my best quality as a leader is my relentless pursuit of a vision for my neighborhood, city and state that poverty and isolation will no longer determine the fate of our most vulnerable children, but by forging good will, trusting relationships and a shared agenda focused on results, the odds will be changed for all children and they will succeed!