People of change
Roveschney Veillard, People of Change Vice President of Internal Affairs

By Jill Fox

A local youth-led organization seeks to promote career development, life preparedness, and social justice in BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) communities.

Founded by students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, “People Of Change” strives to unify students of all backgrounds and give them the skills they need to be successful.

“Being a BIPOC student in a predominately white area, it was important for me that issues facing minorities were spoken about,” said Jada Lemy, executive director.

Lemy, a sophomore at MSD and one of the founders of People of Change feels everyone should have the same opportunities to succeed in their career choices.

They held their first community giving project in December at Mullins Park, assembling 500 holiday goodie bags for frontline workers at Broward Health Coral Springs.

“We wanted to show the health care workers that we as the youth in the community are grateful for all of their hard work during the pandemic,” said Lemy.

people of change
Jada Lemy, Roveschney Veillard, and Nesya Small at a People of Change event at Mullins Park.

Throughout the year, the nonprofit is planning events, like food drives and meetings with commissioners and activists to give students a chance to interact with local leaders.

Students can learn more about the organization at People of Change.

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Author Profile

Jill Fox
Jill Fox
Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.

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