August Newsletter

August 7, 2023

We organized a successful Day of Service & Action!

Hundreds of volunteers gathered to serve in our neighborhoods for the NAACP Convention of Service & Action. It was wonderful to know that something like this brought together the community and supporters from various neighborhoods like Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester, and Hyde Park to make a positive impact.

This was a way to exemplify the power of collective action and community involvement. Getting involved to improve neighborhoods and support each other fosters a sense of unity and purpose. We’re thankful to Tanisha Sullivan, President of the Boston NAACP Branch, for trusting us to organize this great day, and thank you to the reputable media houses like WCVB, The Boston Globe, Dorchester Reporter, Business Journal, and CBS News for amplifying the initiatives.

We’re so proud of this day and all that took place.

ACT-SO College Summit 2023

ACT-SO is an acronym for “Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics,” a program sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). This program is designed to encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students, providing them with opportunities to showcase their talents in various categories, including sciences, humanities, performing arts, visual arts, business, and more.

This year, The Davis System had the honor of organizing the 46th annual ACT-SO College Summit, where almost 550 ACT-SO students from all across the nation were in attendance. They were given the opportunity to explore colleges and universities all around New England, conduct onsite interviews, and receive application fee waiver support. The event also had the following guest speakers…

  • Devin Morris, Co-founder & Executive Director, The Teachers Lounge
  • Dr.Nicole-Johnson, Ed.D Director of Education Equity & Justice Office of the Commissioner
  • Amari J. Fennoy, National Training & Programs Manager for NAACP Youth and College Division
  • Niesha Deed, Founder & CEO of Purespark
  • Darren Stephens & Jonady St. Germain, Co-founders of Lit2Lift
  • Johnathan Allen, Co-Founder & Director of Development, Leadership Brainery
  • Toiell Washington, Creator & Owner, The Master’s Tools
  • Niya Barzey, Miss HBCU Massachusetts

Each speaker shared their personal journey through college and what it means to them to #Thrive365, this year’s theme for the convention, #ThrivingTogether.

We express our gratitude to everyone for their participation, which contributed to making this year’s ACT-So College Summit a resounding success.

Errin Davis speaks at the NAACP Youth & College Division Conference

“Boston has long been a nurturing ground for visionaries…” Our esteemed COO, Errin Davis, was honored to be invited as a guest speaker at this year’s NAACP Convention Youth & College Division Conference. Her captivating speech focused on the significance of what it means to #Thrive365 in the city of Boston, inspiring the audience with insights on great leaders who are from our community and have paved the way for a greater positive impact.

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