Ubuntu: Darrien Johnson’s Education Fund
Darrien Johnson, also known as The Community Curator is a 22 year-old prodigy from North Philadelphia who has dedicated her life to serving others. Currently, she is enrolled as a first generation graduate student at Columbia University, School of Professional Studies where she is working to obtain her Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management. With her degree, Darrien aspires to create a nationwide social enterprise where she plans to commune and activate a society of Community Curators ™. With her framework, curators will be equipped with the technical skills to edify their own communities, regardless of background and/or demographic. This education fund has been created by Darrien’s village to help support this changemaker’s college endeavors and furthermore serve as an investment to our community.
As early as we could remember, Darrien has always loved helping others and giving back. Growing up in Strawberry Mansion, North Philadelphia, the scarcity in resources and access disparity was apparent . Thus, these experiences inspired her to commit her life to empowering others and alleviating this reality.
Darrien’s servant leadership journey began when she was just 14 years old while serving as Junior Servant Leader in Philadelphia Freedom Schools. Over time, her leadership and community involvement expanded as she has served in several capacities, including as site coordinator for the Center for Black Educator Development, President of the Epsilon Alpha Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, and as a youth organizer for Philadelphia City Councilman, Isaiah Thomas. In 2017, Darrien completed an international Trip of service in Gambia, West Africa where she taught scholars in grades K-5 basic phonics and writing skills. In 2019, she was also honored as the Ernest E. Just “Outstanding Leadership and Community Involvement” recipient.
Today, Darrien currently sits on (4) boards, including The Thomas and Woods Foundation, Millennial Juneteenth, Black Girls Love Math, and The Hatfield House Advisory Panel. More excitingly, her involvement was recently highlighted in the Philadelphia Inquirer, WHYY, and the Philadelphia Tribune. Whether it be through advocacy, mentorship, or simply giving back, Darrien has proven to be valuable asset in our community. Today we are asking you to consider investing in Darrien’s Education fund so that we may support her mission of creating sustainable communities and furthermore leverage resources free of worry; Afterall, her victory is a victory for us all.
To stay up to date on Darrien’s involvement please visit www.DarrienCJohnson.weebly.com or follow her on instagram @Msparallel.
In an effort to maintain accountability, I will be sure to keep you all updated on my progress this semester through email updates. Thank you again and I look forward to sharing my journey with you all soon!