At the beginning of her Community Leadership Corps journey Dejah was excited to learn effective ways to organize within communities. At the kickoff training, Dejah learned the power of storytelling and how to effectively engage with and listen to community members. She left the kickoff training with her passion ignited to focus her project on wellness in the black community on the South Side of Chicago.
She started having individual meetings one on ones with members of the community and realized that the same resources in the North Side of Chicago were not available on the South Side. So she developed the black&well project alongside her teammates—Kaysi and LaNae. Through self-reflection, dialogue, and organizing training, Dejah learned how to move from leading as one to leading a team.