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PULSELIFE: COMMUNITY DETROIT SPEAKS OUT BRIANA ALEXANDER, DANIELLE HUGHES AND JASMINE SWAIN SHARE WHY THEIR ORGANIZATION IS VITAL TO TODAY'S INNER-CITY YOUTH AND THEIR FUTURE. BY ASIA HORNE L et's face it, a lot of people have cities besides Detroit. As Alexander little faith in our youth today. We actively worked philanthropically in bash, doubt and blame them for DC and Atlanta, it didn't feel right what we deem as pointless trends. that she wasn't giving back to her Some think there's no hope for them hometown.Briana then reached out as we know it... however three young to Danielle and Jasmine to help women from the Motor City see it bring the initial idea of a one-day differently. conference to serve Detroit youth to fruition. The small plan then grew Cue Briana Alexander, Danielle to something bigger than them all. Hughes and Jasmine Swain. "The reasoning behind it stems from Respectively, the group have their the fact that you can give back and own careers and passions. As be philanthropic from wherever you Community Relations Manager of are," explained Greater Atlanta's United Way. former anchor and "THE YOUTH Alexander. reporter for WRDW News 12 The women MATTER based in Augusta, Georgia empowerment train and District Manager of has been rolling THE MOST Technology of On-Star for strong as we see BECAUSE General Motors for the trending on social St. Louis and Springfield, media daily. Detroit THEY'RE Missouri district, they all are Speaks refreshes OUR making great professional the empowerment strides. However, the women FUTURE." landscape by all attest that their roles shifting the direction at co-founders of Detroit to the sometimes Speaks is one of their proudest underserved demographic of schoolaccomplishments. age children by organizations outside of academics. The trio wanted to What appears to be ironic is that change that notion. the organization formed when all "The youth matter the most because three were located in three different they're our future," said Swain. "It's 16 EMPIRELIFEMAG.COM |  FALL 2016