Howard University | Humanities & Social Sciences Scholar Cohort I
School: College of Arts & Sciences (COAS)
Major: Political Science
Minor: Sociology & Afro-American Studies
Founder and President, We Cancerve Movement, Inc., 2012
Creator/Director, Camp Happy, a summer enrichment program for homeless youth, 2015
Executive Director, On the Move with We Cancerve, a children’s TV show, 2023
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Grace is the founder and chairwoman of her all-youth board of advisors of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., a nonprofit organization she founded a decade ago to bring happiness to homeless, sick and foster youth. Her nonprofit’s efforts have reached more than 26,000 children to date. The free summer enrichment camp she created at age 10 has been offered at three homeless shelters and a foster care group home. She transitioned her camp online in June 2020, and secured a formal partnership with Harford County Public Schools to offer her camp experience in Title I summer school programs through 2027. In summer 2023, her team is expanding the Camp Happy experience to the Boys & Girls Club of Edgewood, Md. In 2016, she opened La Magnifique Boutique at a foster care group home for teen girls, and in 2021 created a “dress-on-demand” service to outfit homeless teens for prom, homecoming and graduation. She opened three children’s libraries in 2019, and thanks to funding from the Youth to the Front Foundation opened two community little libraries in 2021 in low-income housing complexes. For the 2021-2022 and 2022-23 academic years, she addressed food insecurity of more than 100 homeless students, providing more 5,600 bags of food to them for weekends. She also partnered with a women’s organization and local school system to help launch a laundry program for families living in motels and the woods. In Spring 2022, she opened the “Threads of Hope” Closet at a community school.
Her leadership has netted more than $150,000 in national and global prizes for her nonprofit, and she’s raised more than three times as much in in-kind and individual cash donations. She’s led initiatives that’s raised more than $26,000 for the We Cancerve Pediatric Patient Assistance Fund at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, which she created in 2016. She’s a member of the Board of Directors for Music United and an inaugural member of the Give Kids the World Youth Council. She’s featured in children’s, youth, adult’s and educational books, and is a highly sought-after motivational speaker.
While on a study abroad trip with Howard University before her freshman year in college, she orchestrated community service projects in Accra, Ghana with faculty for the Hopeway Children’s Home, the Billa Mahmud Block Future Leaders School and the Benabi Academy.
She plans to pursue doctoral studies in law and politics and work as a policy advisor for the disenfranchised.