As many of you know, Minnesota had one of the first Summits that focused on empowering African Millennial’s. The Take Back Africa Summit was put together by a wonderful team and CEO and founder Fata Acquoi. If you don’t know her yet, to know her is to love her. She is one of the most passionate young women I have ever met and I am excited to see what the future holds for her. All I know is that the world is not ready for my friend and neither is Liberia. She is one of the few people I can proudly say is living a purpose driven life besides myself.
Fata Acquoi is currently the Programs Director with African Immigrant Services (AIS) in Minnesota. AIS is a community-based organization with a proven record of bringing people together to organize and co-create a community-built agenda in which people who are most impacted by disparities and systemic barriers are at the center of building their own power and solutions.
As a widely respected organizer, Fata has accelerated the impact AIS’s celebrated Osseo Education Equity project to new heights just within a year. From building power with parents and stakeholders in the community to working on statewide education reform policy issues, Fata is among very few immigrant women throughout the state whose work is effectively disrupting racially predictable outcomes for students and communities disproportionately affected by growing disparities and inequities in education. In 2016, Fata effectively organized and led a community-powered campaign that created Osseo Areas Schools’ first Racial Equity Policy. The policy essentially aims to accelerate the closure of the academic achievement gap between students of colors and their counterparts, improve practices such as culturally responsive pedagogy and hiring a more diverse staff. As if that huge policy win was just a starter, six months later, she organized and facilitated another campaign called OHWP, which eventually produced the district’s first community-driven health and wellness policy in 30 years.
Recently, Fata has emerged as a leader in immigration reform. She led the AIS delegation to Washington D.C. where they lobbied congressional delegates with large Liberian constituents in search of an extension for Liberians on Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). Her immigration work extended to the facilitation and planning of the March 26, 2018 Liberian Immigration Solidarity Rally. These efforts ultimately led to the extension of DED for 12 more months.
- Growth: gaining real ongoing wins through hardships.
- Wilderness is a training ground.
- Letting go of the old
- Is a time to discover changes both physical and spiritual
- Obedience / desire – figure out what you are on earth for
- What do you need healing from?
- Renewed Mind= Renewed identity
- Maintain your healing & do not relapse
- Have patience in your healing
- Do you know what your “Why” is?
- Gift+ calling = The office you operate in.
- Purpose revealed. Past+Now = future
- Sit down, be humbled!
- When was the last time you served/ something you believed in?
- Why you serve, should be in alignment with your purpose
- Do not sell yourself short
- A servants heart = a compassionate heart
- Have you been consumed/ overwhelmed with stress? Are you giving your mind and body the rest they deserve?
- What does strategic rest feel like?
- What does restoration feel like?
- “Who you strive to become is who you already are “ Bishop TD Jakes.
Pull out your journal and answer some of these questions and see what they do for you. I had to reevaluate a lot of things in my life after this session and realign my goals with reality. I also re-examined what my true purpose is. I hope these steps and recognizing how they apply to your life does the same for you….
Happy New week and Good luck discovering your purpose!!