We believe young adults have the power to address contemporary challenges and improve the world around them. Connected Potential provides opportunities for young adults to make a difference, develop marketable skills, and deliver on their ideas for positive change.
Connected Potential is a web-driven service dedicated to providing young adults with the advice, resources, and personal/professional connections needed to implement a social good project.
We aim to expand professional development opportunities for young adults and positive impact in the community by giving young adults the tools to implement the projects that energize and inspire them.
Young adults have access to the opportunity, resources, and connections to realize their goals and improve the world.
Professionals have the opportunity to volunteer time in a direct and high-impact way to assist others with social change projects.
A community of care and connection around social change is created for young adults and professionals.
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Eleanor Hall, Executive Director
Eleanor Hall initiated her career in higher education, first working with students one-on-one as an advisor, then working at the national level on higher education policy issues related to student civic engagement and learning for globally responsible citizenship. Her work in this area has connected her with the leadership of a number of colleges, universities, and national organizations dedicated to increasing engagement and agency among students and young adults. Her interest is in engaging young adults in personal and professional development to help them meet their full potential and change the world around them.
Ryan LeMere, Creative Director
Ryan is a designer, strategist, and educator, working as a lead creative at an award winning design and marketing agency in New York City. In 2010 he founded Out Loud Greetings, an LGBT greeting card company that now sells to stores nationwide. His work as a creative professional and passion for inspiring young people has brought him to classrooms around North and South America - instructing on design, fine arts, and motivation. Ryan’s focus and passion lies in connecting leading innovators with the creative tools to be successful.
Letitia Wells, Lead Writer and Director of Storytelling
Letitia Wells is Lead Writer and Director of Storytelling for Connected Potential. She works hard to bring the best stories from the Connected Potential community to the forefront. Letitia attended Loyola University Maryland where she was involved in social justice projects of her own. She was the founder of Hounds for Hope, a campus-based natural disaster relief organization that raised money for the 2011 tsunami victims in Japan. After graduating with a B.A. in Writing, Letitia moved to a rural part of South Korea to teach English at an elementary school through a government sponsored program. Always searching for the perfect story, you can find Letitia always trying, reading, and writing something new.
Macarthur Antigua, Director of Alumni, Public Allies
MacArthur Antigua is the Director of Alumni Engagement for Public Allies, where he is facilitating a network of nearly 5,000 Alums to advance their careers and impact. Prior to this he served as the Director of National Recruitment and Expansion for Public Allies, where he has overseen the growth of their national network to 21 cities and the highest numbers of applicants in their history. He has served as Program Director for Public Allies Chicago and led the development of Turning The Tide, an AmeriCorps Professional Corps/human services fellowship jointly managed by both Public Allies and the Alliance for Children and Families. MacArthur is also the founder of Massive Creativity, a consulting and coaching firm that has provided pro-bono coaching for nonprofit executive directors and social entrepreneurs. Most recently, he was named to the 2010 Class of American Express NGen Fellows by Independent Sector, a cohort of twelve emerging nonprofit leaders aged under 40.
Khady Mbaye, CEO, MeetYourself
Khady Mbaye comes to this work from a background in domestic electoral politics, polling, capacity building and political organizing. She is the founder and CEO of MeetYourself, an online platform that works to empower women in their sexual health choices. She also heads the District Commons Project, a consortium of entrepreneurs, heads of non-profits, and community members in Washington, DC that harnesses resources and talent to make a difference in Southeast DC, a severely under-resourced part of the District. Khady was born in Germany, where she grew up, and has lived in several countries, including Senegal. She currently resides in Washington, DC.
April Mendez, VP of Leadership, Interfaith Youth Core
April Mendez is Vice President of Leadership for the Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based nonprofit focusing on interfaith collaboration on civic engagement projects. April Mendez heads IFYC’s work to expand the student movement for interfaith cooperation. April was IFYC’s first full-time staff member and has done everything from designing and running programs to managing strategy and overseeing organizational operations. Her reflections on interfaith youth work have inspired young people across the world and have appeared in over a dozen publications. Prior to joining IFYC, she founded The Crib Collective, an organization focused on creating a culture of social entrepreneurship among Chicago youth.