July 9, 2012

White House Honors AJMLS Student for Non-Profit Organization


On Friday, July 6th, the White House honored AJMLS student Hussainatu Blake and her twin sister, Hassanatu as two of 11 Champions of Change who are leaders in communities from across the United States selected from more than 1,500 nominations submitted by friends, family, co-workers and community members.

The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

Hassanatu and Hussainatu are founders of Focal Point Global, a 501c3 organization whose mission is to empower the world’s underserved youth to address social issues using global education and technology. Focal Point Global is dedicated to fostering global partnerships to create the next generation of leaders. Youth are connected through low cost bandwidth tools, like Skype, to discuss issues facing their community and then matched with local organizations to complete projects to combat those issues. Focal Point Global has reached nearly 50 youth in the United States (Baltimore, MD and Atlanta, GA), Cameroon and Namibia to address HIV and child trafficking in their communities.

Visit the White House’s Champions of Change web page for more information on Hussainatu and Focal Point Global. Congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment.