Akilah began her journey in community organizing as a senior student at Westlake High School in Atlanta, GA. In 2013, she founded B.E.E. Club, an organization providing senior girls the opportunity to mentor freshmen girls throughout their first years of high school. Today, B.E.E. Club Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that has provided over 300 teen girls with the tools and resources to become organizational leaders in their schools and communities.
After co-authoring a leadership grant application with the Athens Regional Library System (ARLS) that outlined trauma-informed practices, Akilah contracted with ARLS to establish B.E.E. Club Inc. programs in the Clarke County School District as an after school peer leadership program for teen girls.
Akilah has earned bachelor’s degrees in Public Relations and Women’s Studies and a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Georgia.
Akilah’s education and career’s work collectively aim to increase individuals’ access to leadership and life skills education through evidence-based programs, strategic partnerships, and community organizing.