P2P CORE LEADERS
Trinity Brown is a senior at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Ward 8 of Washington, DC. Trinity spent the summer helping to host Councilmember David Grosso’s town hall meeting across all eight wards in the city. She is passionate about socioeconomic issues which she views as a root cause of education inequality. Trinity is planning to major in sociology with a minor in political science as she pursues her dream of becoming a Civil Rights Lawyer.
Jayla Holdip is currently a senior at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Ward 8 in Washington DC. She is scheduled to attend the University of Rochester in the fall on a full tuition scholarship sponsored by the POSSE Foundation. While there, she will study Anthropology and Africana Studies. As a member of Pathways 2 Power, she works to unify a separated city while continuing to support her peers. Holdip has spoken on panels at George Washington University and Georgetown University and also spoken at the Indigenous People’s March. She enjoys participating in volleyball and playing with her dog, Jazzy. Jayla aspires to be a civil rights lawyer.
Current student at Thurgood Marshall Academy, Anthony James Jr., is a strong advocate in mental health reform. Always encouraging his peers to speak their truth, be prideful in their story, and to change the narrative regarding mental health, Anthony has become active in his community. While being cognizant and concerned with other issues that plague DC, Anthony joined Pathways 2 Power to make a change. Attending The University of Chicago in the fall of 2019, Anthony plans to continue his work with P2P and in the city of Chicago.
Nyana Martin is a member of Pathways 2 Power who lives and learns in ward 8 of Washington, DC. She has become an active member in the District by serving on panels that talk about the social issues that she plans to fix in her own community. Nyana also serves on the DC State Board of Education student advisory council, where she is working to fix equity among schools in the District. Nyana plans on furthering her education by majoring in political science and minoring in economics.
Malia McMillan is a senior at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Ward 8 and a member of Pathways 2 Power. She works to combat the mental health disparities that cause violence in the District, while continuing to be part of her school’s dance and volleyball teams as well as participating in the Press Pass Mentor Program supported by the Washington Post. She has dreams to attend Alabama State to major in psychology and come back home to apply her knowledge.
Jasmyn Reace is a senior at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in ward 8 of Washington, D.C.. In her free time, Jasmyn enjoys writing short stories and helping in editing papers for her peers. She is a member of Press Pass, a mentor program hosted by the Washington Post, and was recently the first place winner of the Mikva Challenge D.C. Soapbox Speech Contest. Her speech focused on the topic of slut shaming and how women should never have to be put down by society for what they decide to do with their body, an issue that she is passionate about and intends to dive more deeply into in college as a minor. Alongside her peers, Jasmyn fights for change for her city in the student led activist group, Pathways 2 Power. Jasmyn has not yet decided which college she plans on attending in the fall but she has many options open for her and cannot wait to take the next step in her education.
Lauryn Renford is a senior at Thurgood Marshall Academy in Ward 8 of Washington, DC. After suffering the loss of her boyfriend, Zaire Kelly, to gun violence in the fall of 2017, Lauryn has become a leading voice in the fight for attacking the systematic causes of gun violence. Shortly after Zaire’s murder, Lauryn created a petition to create a mural as a memorial to slain teens in DC. To date, it has gotten nearly 11,000 signatures and the mural is in planning stages. Lauryn also works to expand influence and inclusion of youth voice in the democratic process and is currently working to lower the voting age in the District of Columbia to 16.
Destiny Young is a senior at Thurgood Marshall Academy located in Ward 8 of Washington DC. Currently captain of the dance team, and president of a group Happy Black Girl. Destiny has been asked to speak at many events about how she feels about violence in her city. She had a great opportunity to talk to a transit police officer about how they approach youth around the city. After high school Destiny plans on going to college to major in criminal justice and minor in dance. Even though she’ll be in college and far from her high school , she plans on to continue to work with Pathways 2 Power to ensure that she sees a change in her city.
P2P College Leaders
Assad Jenkins is currently a freshman at Clark Atlanta University and is majoring in criminal justice. He is from Washington DC and is passionate about eradicating poverty and ending gun violence in his city. These two issues are very big in the DC community, specifically in Ward 7&8. Assad wants to help cease this issues because it is a cycle that continues to flow in the community and impact lives. The career path that he is focused on is becoming a Victimologist so he can help others who have been victims of an unjust society.
Zion Kelly, a graduate from Thurgood Marshall Academy in SE Washington DC, now a freshman at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, and recent intern with The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. Zion is an activist against gun violence who started his activism because his twin brother Zaire Kelly was shot and killed walking home from College Bound. In a coordinated effort with student leaders across the country, Zion has amplified the discussion of gun violence to be inclusive to all communities who has been affected. Zion spoke at the historical March for Our Lives rally in Washington DC, and has made multiple media appearances. He recently just finished a week long speaking tour in Italy promoting peace and non-violence. He fights in the memory of his twin brother, to make his brother proud.
Rukiyah Mack is a 2018 alumna of Thurgood Marshall Academy. She currently attends Bowie State University where she is majoring in Business with a concentration in Marking. Upon graduation her aspiration is to be a world renowned musician, promoting peace, prosperity and positive messages through her music.