Drew is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Network Delaware which focuses on activating regular people in the political process through leadership development, civic engagement, and policy change. Through the organization Drew has provided a space to support campaigns for racial justice, immigrant rights, reproductive justice, and economic opportunity. He focuses his time coaching and developing the next set of social change organizers across the state.
Previously, Drew managed and coached multiple grassroots electoral and issue-oriented campaigns from the local to the state-wide level. He also wrote at OrganizingChange.org and coached chess at a local school.
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Apryl is the Principal Facilitator for Network Delaware’s newly formed Ella Josephine Baker Black Organizers Group which prepares aspiring Black (African-American, Caribbean, African, Afro-Latino) organizers wishing to improve their skills to make an impact for racial justice and fight for Black liberation. This small group immerses participants in the fundamentals of social change organizing, base building, leadership development, and campaign planning.
Apryl has worked in the community organizing field for over 25 years, and in partnership with Delaware communities since 1998. She regularly facilitates trainings on eliminating oppression, comprehensive peer counseling, community building, and leadership development for Delaware professionals and community leaders. She has also led workshops on these skills throughout the Unites States, as well as in Kenya and South Africa.
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Megan Hart moved to the small town of Milton Delaware with her family when she was 13 years old, and is a graduate from Cape Henlopen High School and the University of Delaware. She went into college as a political science major, and found that politics were deeply intertwined into our social fabric and the many issues we face as a society.
With a drive to promote 'moral student political action' across campus, Megan started the student run organization Young Progressives Demanding Action, which focused on creating student advocates for a range of issues like criminal justice reform, women's rights, and environmental justice - all while working to bridge to student/community gap. Since then, she has dedicated herself to elevate voices in her surrounding community and push for social and legislative action for social justice. She is now the fundraising coordinator and Sussex County organizer for Network Delaware.
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My name is Shanel Dickens. I am a class of 2019 AmeriCorps Public Ally. As part of my apprenticeship service, I have been placed with Network Delaware, I am the civic engagement coordinator. As a Delaware native, it has been a pleasure to give back to this state.
About a year after graduating from the University of Delaware I took an interest in history, namely my own. I am a member of African Diaspora. I am not a descendant of slaves, I am a descendant of an enslaved people. Poverty, hate, and systematic oppression that still plagues such descendants to this very day. We are fifty-one years post Dr. King, yet we still haven’t seen his dream come to light.
My desire for equality is why I am here. I am extremely excited to be apart of this project. This is the chance to continue the phenomenal work we only get taught about during the month of February. It is time for leaders of such caliber to surface again. Network Delaware is aware that these influential people are in our communities already, they just require some assistance. A need was identified and is going to be met. I look forward to the work that will be accomplished over the coming months.
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