We say once a Dada always a Dada, and true to our word we celebrate Dadas who've have since transitioned and who continue to excel and display exemplary leadership in their various spaces. Today we celebrate the achievements of 2013 Akili Dada fellow Maria Omare who earlier this year was selected to be in the 2015 Cohort of the Ford Motor Company Fellowship of 92nd Street Y.

Maria is the founder and executive director of The Action Foundation, a youth-led grass roots organization in Kenya that is transforming the lives of children and youth with disabilities. Maria and her team work in low income communities to provide accessible health services, promote social inclusion and empower caregivers with the knowledge and skills to help them nurture young persons with special needs. Maria was selected among 25 community leaders from a pool of applicants from 7 different countries around the world to participate in this years Ford Fellowship. As of 2014, 291 individuals from 73 countries had participated in the highly competitive fellowship.

The program is funded by the Ford Motor Company Fund and organized by92nd Street Y to provide education and support to community leaders engaged in the nonprofit sector. Between May and June 2015, Maria attended participatory nonprofit management, strategic thinking, and leadership classes at the Picker Center for Executive Education, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University.

She had the opportunity spend time with innovators from Yale University and interact with model non-profit, business and government leaders in New York, Michigan and Connecticut. 

Photo credits: Maria Omare


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