Shané is a proud mother of three girls, Saniyah, Samirah, and Skai. She was born and raised in Wilmington to immigrant parents. She attended Temple University and majored in Mass Communication & African American Studies. She completed her Master’s program in Africana Studies with a concentration in Ethnography and Black Women Studies. Currently, she has purchased lots in her neighborhood to start to take control of the narrative of her community and eventually transform these spaces to Community Art Gardens.
Her current focus and research includes Maternal Healthcare for Black Women and Reproductive Justice. She is advocating for Doulas to be in prison, increase in certified Black Doulas/Midwives in the State of DE, and decrease maternal health risk for Black Women.
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Born in Brooklyn, Branden’s parents were unable to withstand the ever-growing changes and decided to move his family from the big city to small-town New Castle. Throughout Branden’s high school years, he was an active student at William Penn High School, involved in Mock Trial and taking a leadership role in the Student Council. Currently, Branden attends Wilmington University working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Public Policy with a concentration in Social Policy.
Branden strives to work for the people in both of his communities, Brooklyn and Delaware, fighting against the plague of systemic oppression that has flourished in those communities since the arrival of the inhabitants. Since birth, Branden has been exposed to a system that is seemingly unfair and not equal. Throughout Branden’s life, he has received his fair share of trials & tribulations but believes it has always been up to him to turn those same tribulations into an opportunity to do good for the welfare of the same people at the bottom of the chain.
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Adé Robertson is a first-generation Liberian-American born in Chicago but raised in Delaware. Adé is passionate about community organizing and inspiring teens to address issues that matter to them. Over the past two years, Adé has explored community work and advocacy.
As a member of the first cohort of Dual School, during her senior year of high school, Adé addressed the issue of mental health within the education system. In the summer of 2018, Adé began to work as a mentor with The Warehouse, an upcoming non-profit teen center that plans to revolutionize teen engagement in Wilmington. With the plans of becoming a civil rights attorney, Adé hopes to continue to learn how to best incite change and best serve her community.
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Drew is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Network Delaware which focuses on activating regular people in the political process through leadership development, civic engagement, and policy change. Through the organization Drew has provided a space to support campaigns for racial justice, immigrant rights, reproductive justice, and economic opportunity. He focuses his time coaching and developing the next set of social change organizers across the state.
Previously, Drew managed and coached multiple grassroots electoral and issue-oriented campaigns from the local to the state-wide level. He also wrote at OrganizingChange.org and coached chess at a local school.
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Apryl is the Principal Facilitator for Network Delaware’s newly formed Ella Josephine Baker Black Organizers Group which prepares aspiring Black (African-American, Caribbean, African, Afro-Latino) organizers wishing to improve their skills to make an impact for racial justice and fight for Black liberation. This small group immerses participants in the fundamentals of social change organizing, base building, leadership development, and campaign planning.
Apryl has worked in the community organizing field for over 25 years, and in partnership with Delaware communities since 1998. She regularly facilitates trainings on eliminating oppression, comprehensive peer counseling, community building, and leadership development for Delaware professionals and community leaders. She has also led workshops on these skills throughout the Unites States, as well as in Kenya and South Africa.
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Kirsten joined the organization during 2017's Membership Week and has has served a variety of roles within the Network, including coordinator for the Restorative Schools Campaign, Planning Committee team member. and People's Congress coordinator. As Leadership Development Operations Coordinator, she prepares the logistics for our community trainings, as well as works with Network Delaware members to grow their organizing skillset by facilitating these trainings.
Before joining Network Delaware, Kirsten had spent time learning to name injustices and oppression in our society, but it was through her work the past few years that she's begun to organize locally to build better communities. She hopes to be an example of how ordinary people are capable of building the skills and relationships necessary to do the work of tearing down these systems of oppression and building a more just, inclusive state.
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