The Living Legends Awards for Service to Humanity
Aspiring Legends Awards
Encouraging young people to become humanitarians
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Do you know a young person who desires to dedicate their life to serving others? Nominate them for our Aspiring Legends Award and encourage them on their path of service.
Annual Gala & Awards
Each year during our Annual Benefit Gala we present the Aspiring Legends Award to deserving nominees. This Black-tie fundraiser supports the work of the foundation including the Brinklow Humanitarian Micro-grant, The Aspiring Legends Awards, and the Living Legends Honorees Program. The event features powerful keynote speakers, spectacular guest performers and presents awards to our phenomenal young Aspiring Humanitarians.
November 12, 2017
The Newton White Mansion
2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, MD 20721
Aspiring Legends Gallery
Speaker - Paul Monteiro
Paul Monteiro’s life has been propelled by hard work and faith. Encouraged by a praying grandmother, guided by a hard working mother and inspired by a dedicated teacher, Paul grew up understanding that if he persevered through the difficult times he would achieve and fulfill the purpose GOD had for his life.
In his last year of law school at Howard University, Paul interned on Capitol Hill for then-Senator Barack Obama. After graduation, he worked on the Obama for America campaign as Deputy Director of Religious Affairs. Paul built a record of innovative leadership during eight years of service in the Obama Administration. From 2009 to 2013, he was an advisor to the White House Office of Public Engagement and led outreach programs to faith-based organizations and anti-poverty groups.
Paul helped launch the President's Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families initiative that later became “My Brother's Keeper.” He also served as coordinator for the White House Mentorship Program for young men attending local area high schools. In 2014, President Obama appointed Paul to the Corporation for National and Community Service as Director of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), the domestic Peace Corps. Paul finished out the Obama Administration at the U.S. Department of Justice. As Acting Director of the Department's Community Relations Service, he led federal efforts to resolve local community conflicts rooted in race, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation, as well as strengthen relationships between local communities and law enforcement.
Paul’s life work has been about helping people catch the vision of their full potential. His motto: see it, seize it, achieve it!
Kassie Edwards is an advocate on sexual assault, educational reform, and social change within her community. She has lent her talents for several years as an informal educator, mentor, victim advocate, Urban League Social Committee chair, AmeriCorps volunteer, and White House volunteer. In 2012, she came to Washington Adventist University as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and lead a program for First Generation Students. Over the course of two years, Kassie and her students served over 2000 hours of community service by mentoring, tutoring, beautifying DC/Takoma parks, animal shelter care, nursing home visits and Juvenile detention center visits. Kassie also organized and facilitated a symposium for first generation students and help to pair the students with a first generation professional mentor.
Kassie is presently the Curatorial Research Assistant at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC. She serves on the Board of Directors for the DC Rape Crisis Center as chair of the Fundraising committee. She was invited to the White House by Vice President Joe Biden as part of the 20th anniversary of The Violence Against Women Act. She has been interviewed by CBS, BET, FOX and WaPo regarding supporting victims of sexual assault. In 2016, she was recognized by Prince George’s County as part of their top 40 under 40 award and received the Zella Holbert Alumni Award from Washington Adventist University’s Alumni Association. She also spiritually serves her community as the young adult ministry leader at Restoration Praise Center in Bowie, MD.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Edwards received her bachelor’s degree in African American studies from Florida State University and her master’s degree in public administration from Washington Adventist University. When she isn’t working, she likes to cook, read about black history, and write poetry.
Gabrielle Jordan, now age 17, is the owner of Jewelz of Jordan, a luxury jewelry business, which she started at the age of 9. Gabrielle’s passion for business did not stop there. She has taken herexperience in business and her passion for inspiring others to publish the #1 Amazon Bestselling book, The Making of a Young Entrepreneur: A Kids Guide to Developing the Mind-Set for Success which launched her platform as a sought-after speaker with accomplishment such as TEDx. Gabrielle has personally engaged with over 15,000 women, business owners and youth.
Gabrielle currently hosts The UV Effect Podcast, helping listeners define, develop and embrace their personal and professional Unique Value. Gabrielle Jordan has been features on several television, radio stations and news publications such as NPR, TLC, The HARRY Show, Huffington Post and Inc.
Jessica A. Washington was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and is the daughter of Nadine Washington and Anthony Doughty.
Upon graduating from the University of North Alabama in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Jessica left Alabama to explore the world of politics.
In 2014, she interned on the campaign of Maryland State Senator Cheryl Kagan and eventually became the campaign’s Manager of Volunteer Recruitment.
Throughout her transition into politics, Jessica had the privilege of meeting a number of DYNAMIC women who were making a difference in the political arena and at the grassroots level. Many of these women assisted her in her journey and she was fortunate to have their guidance.
Upon reflection, Jessica began to think about how difficult it must be for other young women who are trying to navigate this system and as a result, Capitol Heel was born. Jessica wishes to highlight other women who work in politics, talk about issues facing women, and provide advice to other women who hope to make their own mark on our political systems.
Chaplain Stephanie Grant
Chaplain Stephanie Ann Grant comes to us from the Adventist HealthCare System, serving currently as a full time staff chaplain for Shady Grove Medical Center. Before serving at Shady Grove, she served at Washington Adventist Hospital and the Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland. She is a proud graduate of Pine Forge Academy, and holds a Masters of Religion with a specialty in Pastoral Care from Washington Adventist University.
Chaplain Stephanie (as she prefers to be called) has a passion for people and the heart of a servant. She believes her ministry outside the walls of the church is founded on the incarnate ministry of Christ as he moved with and among the people he met extending the love and compassion of The Father.
She enjoys travel and the exploration of new cultures, thought-provoking conversations, music in its many forms and delectable cuisine.
She lives with her mom, and a very special furry four legged friend.