"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." ~ President Barack Obama
IMPACT Delaware was founded in 2004 as SPEAAK, Supporting Parents for the Education of African American Parents by a number of caring adults in western sussex county Delaware. The original founders were Jerry and Latrinka Lee, Dara Laws (Savage), Terence and Desi Moore, Marcus and Tamara Mullen, Dara Laws (Savage), Chandra Phillips, and Marvin Phillips.
Dr. Julius and Natasha Mullen expanded IMPACT by using their expertise as mental health professionals, adding their perspectives as parents and active community members, to answer the calling, "be who you needed when you were young." The Mullens' filled a desperate need in their community - recognizing the increased risks of delinquency, violence, teen pregnancy, drugs and school drop outs when youth lacked a connection to a caring adult, they developed a youth mentoring program that also sought to increase positive parent engagement. Committing themselves with countless volunteer hours, two gender based mentoring programs, Unique and Man Up, began to create impactful positive change.
Over the years, and with additional commitments from other dedicated adult volunteers vested in seeing children believe in themselves, their futures and their potentials, IMPACT Delaware, now serves hundreds of children each year from elementary school age through young adults in multiple communities.
IMPACT Delaware is proven with evidence-based results that show even after one year in the program, youth have an increase in self-esteem, self-confidence, academic achievement, community engagement and volunteerism and ability to plan for the future.
Board of Directors
CHAIR: Dr. Brittany Hazzard, Ed.D, LMSW
VICE CHAIR: Dr. Sandi Hagans-Morris, Ed. D, MCC
TREASURER: Adewumni Kuforiji. MBA, BS
Pastor Michael Bell, Clergy
Audra Johnson, Parent
Darien Jones, BS
David Molotsky, MSBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Natasha Mullen, ACS, LPCMH, M.Ed.
Tasha Stevens, Esq.
Jean Banks, AAS, Early Child Development
Jeff Benson, Leadership
Michael Freshwater, Fundraising
Medford Freshwater, General
Star Freshwater, Culinary
Latrinka Lee, SFC, Administrative
Jazmin Mullen, BS Legal
Julius Mullen Jr., AAS, Youth Development
Juwan Mullen, BS, Social Work
Marcus Mullen, General
Tamara Mullen, M.Ed., Trauma
Frank Parks, Transportation
Chandra Phillips, M.Ed., Educational
Marvin Phillips, Corrections
Cletus Riddick, Business Intelligence
Ada Rolan, Facility
Andrea Ross, Administrative
Lem Ross, Military
Crystal Timmons-Underwood, Grants
Adair Williams, BS, Youth Development
AWARDS & HONORS
National Association for the Education of African American Children
Delaware Superstar of Education
Delaware Jefferson Award
Good Things Delmarva WBOC TV 16
MLK Community Leadership Award
NAACP Community Advocacy Award