Nguzo Ogbodo, founded The Hope and Dreams Initiative with the belief that more than any other single skill, the ability to read, and read well, allows a child to succeed in school. It affords them the opportunity to learn about the world, function in society, and someday have decent job options. Nguzo is committed to changing the poor reading culture among children in her home country Nigeria, Africa.
Nguzo Ogbodo is an Attorney and has worked in various top law firms in New York.
Jonathan Schneck is the president of Reading Reflections, a nonprofit organization that donates books to underserved local and international youth. Jonathan is a senior at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Long Island and plans to matriculate at Dartmouth College in the fall.
He has received the Daily Point of Light Award honoring individuals who create meaningful change in communities and is a Regional Finalist in the Coca Cola Scholars Program.
In addition to his passion for reading and creative writing, Jonathan is an avid tennis player, enjoys mathematics research and is an active member of his schools Varsity Tennis, Math and Model Congress teams and the Anti-Bias Task Force. He is thrilled to be part of The Hope and Dreams Initiative team and to help improve the reading culture in Nigeria through improved educational resources.
Kyla Williams, a high school student from Los Angeles, CA is an active member of The Hope and Dreams Initiative and a firm believer that all children should have the opportunity to read great books. With an understanding of the importance of education, Kyla’s future plans are to become a doctor and serve in a foreign country.
Kyla also spends her time giving back to her community by tutoring, feeding and helping the homeless and picking up trash.
May Fitch is a seasoned educator with more than 20 years of teaching in New York, NY. May is grounded in the belief that every child deserves the right to all the basic things including a library in their school. We are pleased to have her on board The Hope and Dreams Initiative.
Latifa Metheny is the owner of Azart Gallery in New York City. In addition to her work as an art director and a professional photographer, her philanthropic efforts have shaped and impacted many lives around the world.
She is a passionate advocate for the rights of women, adolescents, and children and is known for her ability to build teams and foster collaboration.
Latifa is a dedicated mother to her three children and is grateful to be part of the community dedicated to the education and empowerment of young people everywhere. The Hope and Dreams Initiative is excited to welcome her to our team.
Rev. Cora W. Taitt is passionate about making a difference in the lives of girls and women. Through various initiatives Pastor Taitt has participated in community outreach, domestic and foreign missions, providing education and spiritual formation for the Highbridge Community, Bronx, New York and beyond. She has been recognized for making a difference for women and girls through her charitable effort. When Pastor Cora is not working and inspiring others to make the world a better place, she is reading, walking and spending time with family. Pastor Taitt is excited to bring her vast experience and network to Hope and Dreams Initiative, and says, "It is a privilege to work with hope and dream initiative,” and I am excited to have her on our team.
Weyinmi Okotie (Country Representative) Nigeria.
Okotie is an environmentalist with a passion for charity.
Okotie holds a Masters in Environmental Management, Okotie has used his knowledge and experience in promoting environmental awareness and climate change literacy in schools and organisations. Okotie has worked with and helped promote several charity organisations including the Hope and Dreams Initiative.
Okotie is happy to be a part of the H & D Initiative as he believes no child should be denied a right to basic education.