About

Sankofa Education and Leadership, Incorporated is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit tax exempt corporation and its mission is to prepare, recognize and reward marginalized and underserved youth in the greater Norwich Area Educational District in Eastern Connecticut to exemplify scholastic, artistic, technological and leadership excellence. Sankofa Education and Leadership, Incorporated is govered by a professional volunteer Board of Directors.

Sankofa Education and Leadership, Incorporated was formed in March of 2013 with a vision to ensure that marginalized and underserved youth in the Greater Norwich Area Educational District have equal and adequate access to educational, artistic, technological and leadership programs. The three program areas of concentration are: Leadership & Development, Scholarship and Educational, Cultural and Enrichment.

The Leadership & Development Program will focus on civic and social leadership and educating our young people about the benefits of joining civic organizations, accepting positions in elected and/or appointed offices and participating on town committees, boards and commissions.

The Scholarship Program is dedicated to establishing a means by which marginalized and underserved youth can participate in existing and future programs conducted by other organizations in the areas of academics, arts, athletics, technology and leadership.

The Educational, Cultural and Enrichment Program will conduct various programs to provide the knowledge and tools necessary for marginalized and underserved youth to succeed in today’s society and global economy.

Sankofa Education and Leadership Incorporated successfully collaborated with Three Rivers Community College, Three Rivers Middle College, Norwich Free Academy and the Norwich Noontime Rotary Celebrate Diversity Committee to provide Leadership & Development and Educational, Cultural & Enrichment Programs since its inception.

Mission

The mission of Sankofa Education and Leadership is to prepare, recognize and reward marginalized and under-served youth in the Greater Norwich Area Educational District in Eastern Connecticut to exemplify scholastic, artistic, technological and leadership excellence.

Board Members

Charline Charmelus, Board Chair
– Project Manager, Partnership for Strong Communities
– Secretary, Norwich Board of Education

Laura Harrington, Board Vice Chair
– Founder and Principle, Unify Business Solutions, Inc.

Zechariah Stover, Board Treasurer
– President, Rotary Community Corps Norwich

Shiela Hayes, Board Secretary
– President, NAACP Norwich Branch

Rev. Lynnell Axson, Board Member
– Pastor, Norwich Area Clergy Association

Leo Butler, Board Member
– Diversity Director, Norwich Free Academy

Lashawn Cunningham, Board Member
– Founder, Blooming into Greatness

Ayanti Grant, Esq, Board Member
– District Director, US Congressman Joe Courtney’s Office

Mr. Enock Pettit-Homme, Board Member
– English Language Learner Specialist, Norwich Free Academy

Dr. Susan Iwanicki, Board Member
-Director of Curriculum & Instruction, LEARN

Mr. Zato Kadamabaya, Board Member
– STEM Administrator, New London High School
– Founder and Executive Director, Africaphilantropies, Inc.