Verkeya Speaks, Inc.
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Founded in 2020 by Verkeya L. Holman, Verkeya Speaks, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to strengthen communities by creating opportunities to start conversations that promote, healing, learning, and empowerment. The organization seeks to do this through workshops, support groups, panel discussions, and video interviews.
Verkeya is a Licensed Master Social Worker currently working for the City of New York. She has been in the profession since 2008 after graduating from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Since that time, she has worked with youth, young adults, families, and individuals from a strengths-based perspective, while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques. The work she has done was the inspiration to create the organization to address a wide variety of issues facing communities of color with an acute focus on women of color.
In January of 2021, the organization formed its board of directors which has begun to work on the mission and vision of the organization. One of its initial activities was the selection of its first scholarship recipient Anaya Calixe who is a Thurgood Marshall Academy high school senior that has been accepted to 8 colleges and universities, she will commence her studies in Fall 2021.
In March 2021, Verkeya Speaks, Inc. initiated its “Share Black Stories” live stream series which included three different, exciting, and insightful conversations:
'Supporting Our Own', a conversation about the support of black communities,
'After the Birth' which focused on the postpartum experience, and
'Women in Business' that featured two local women of color speaking about their successes, challenges, and the future of women of color in business.
In January 2022, the organization opened applications for its three academic and vocational scholarships.
Verkeya Speaks, Inc. plans to continue monthly panel discussions and video interviews with notable speakers, and develop programming that focuses on openness, inclusivity, and tangible social impact.