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30/30 Ja'Nel Edens
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Age: 28
Community Leader
Caribbean Heritage: Belize
Location: Virginia
 
Ja'Nel Edens is a Belizean American and international development professional with a strong dedication to the Caribbean and African Diaspora community. She is a lover of languages, including Spanish, French, and Malagasy, and cultures, including Caribbean, African, Latin American, and African-American. She has served as a Peace Corps TEFL Education Volunteer in Madagascar for two years. There, she spearheaded several impactful initiatives, including an English Teacher Training and a Girls House Life Skills Development Workshop. 

Since 2015, Ja'Nel has been serving as an Ambassador for Girls Going Global (GCC), a 501c (3) non-profit organization dedicated to empowering inner city girls through international travel and cultural exchange. GCC is trying to position African-Americans to be more active in international affairs and to increase their involvement in the mid-high-level decision-making processes that create the foreign policies that shape our world. Recently, she hosted a fundraising social to raise funds for GCC's upcoming fourth international trip to Belize. In July 2016, fourteen young girls (ages 13-17) from Philadelphia and Atlanta will join GGG to travel to Belize for an educational, service, and personal development adventure. Ja'Nel has proven she is an Emerging Leader and has great potential in the future to make an even greater impact in the Caribbean American community.    
 

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EVENTS 2019 

This is a calendar of events in the DC Metro Area unless otherwise specified:

JUNE 1       
A Taste of the Caribbean 
Sisters in Arms Empowerment Movement Conference

JUNE 2 
Voice & Verse (Coral Springs)         

JUNE 3-7     
Caribbean American Legislative Week begins (Census 2020: OnlineConference Call) 

JUNE  5-6     
Caribbean American Legislative Forum/Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

JUNE 6-11  
Caribbean Reel - 19th Annual DC Caribbean Film Festival

JUNE  7   
Ignite Caribbean: 30 Under 30 Emerging Leaders Awards  & Forum 

JUNE  8      
World Oceans Day. Become a Caribbean SEA FAN and Celebrate World Oceans Day!

JUNE 15
Salute to Hollywood & Excellence (Los Angeles)

JUNE 18     
Census 2020 Summit 

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