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verlonda johnsoN

summer 2018 WINNER

“wHERk" is a female-focused coworking space with on-site childcare for children 5 and under. Tallahassee is becoming the number one city for women, many of them business owners who work from home while taking care of their children. We want to provide a place for these women to work and collaborate, providing them with an alternative to the increased cost of daycare. If you'd like more information, you can contact Verlonda at




A breath of fresh AIR” is a project that will bring an up and coming artist to Tallahassee for a weekend, to showcase our town and provide a unique experience to our community. The selected artist will participate in various activities including at tour of Tallahassee, panel presentation and workshops with the local colleges, meet and greets with media outlets, and a performance. This is an endeavor that we believe will boost the local economy and bring eyes to our city as a place for tourists to visit. If you'd like more information, you can contact Matt at



gabrielle maynarD


Forty percent of all food produced in the United Stated ends up in a landfill instead of in the hands of hungry Americans. The Food Recovery Network at FSU is actively combatting this disparity through the reallocation of goods to those who need it most in the Tallahassee community. Since its inception in 2014, this volunteer based student organization has recovered and donated nearly 34,000 pounds of food to homeless relief agencies within Tallahassee. If you'd like more information, you can contact Gabrielle at


tamara smith | summer '18

Our community is a vibrant, creative place full of lots of potential but a thirst for opportunity. For anyone seeking a career in the fashion and beauty industries, practice really does perfect your craft. I have had great experiences as a wardrobe stylist and fashion blogger, all while calling Tallahassee home. "Fashion Tally" is an event meant to showcase local talent in the fashion industry and provide an opportunity for up and coming artists and designers to practice their craft. It will also use recycled materials to promote sustainable fashion practices. If you'd like more information, you can contact Tamara at


Shelvia Tyson | SPRING '18

Nubian Facez Artistry is a mobile licensed waxing, makeup, lashes and hair salon aimed at serving domestic abuse victims. The fleet of salons are completely black and will travel to the victim’s home, to ensure confidentiality and maintain their safety. The objective of this initiative is to provide victims with an opportunity to escape their situation for a few minutes and pamper themselves, helping improve their mood and self esteem. The concept is currently being tested in Jacksonville with the hopes of bringing it to Tallahassee. If you'd like more information, you can contact Shelvia at

JULIE TODD| summer'17

The Recycled Wedding Market will be a one of a kind event where married couples will sell their gently used items to soon-to-be married couples looking for a good deal. The event aims at decreasing the environmental impact weddings have, by reducing waste and giving couples access to gently used wedding items at a discounted rate. All items not sold at the event will be donated to the Junior League’s Whale of a Sale to raise funds for Sustainable Tallahassee. If you'd like more information, you can contact Julie at


LaTanya White| SPRING '18

So many of us, as talented and resourceful as we are, are held back by a fear that we can never put our fingers on. This fear keeps us from being the best version of ourselves- from using our passion, creativity and sheer talent to change the world around us. The Becoming FEARLESS Leadership and Identity Project gathers dreamers, creatives and changemakers in intimate settings to take a deep dive on mapping our given, chosen and core identities, exploring how to overcome our natural resistance to change and then charting an individualized path to economic independence. If you'd like more information, you can contact LaTanya at


Saint Paul's Creation Care group has teamed up with Rags2Bags to make reusable grocery bags out of old t-shirts to give to Manna on Meridian food bank for their food distribution. This helps the community by reducing the need for plastic, provides citizens with reusable bags, and increases awareness about sustainability. We will be acquiring a collection receptacle for the community to donate their used t-shirts and contribute to this awesome cause. If you'd like more information, you can contact Cara at


As a widowed single mother and recovered heroin addict, I am very passionate about helping those suffering from addiction - especially single mothers. I want to create a support group for mothers in our community with any present or former addiction issues. Whether in active addiction or recovery, these women and their children are most vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse, homelessness, arrest, or being yet another child put into the system. I will be donating a percentage of proceeds from my cottage foods company to maintain this program. You can contact Faye at


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KnowingLocal is a new initiative that encourages citizens to intentionally support local entrepreneurs, restaurants, activists and artists.  Our grassroots project, LocalBox, is a quarterly subscription box focused on providing Tallahassee citizens with an assortment of products from local businesses in the community. This project will introduce new customers to local businesses, while featuring the stories of the business community through a podcast series. If you'd like more information, you can contact Kristen at


monice jackson| fall '17

Distinguished Singles of Tallahassee is an initiative to help professionals in town meet each other through events like mixers, speed dating, group dates, and more. In a town where everything seems catered towards college students, DST hopes to provide fun experience to the rest of us. As a hopeful romantic, I want to help everyone find ways to have fun, and maybe even find that special someone. If you'd like more information, you can contact Monice at


The Capital Area Neighborhood Network's Summer Community Engagement Symposium- taking place on August 19th- hopes to make civic engagement "sexy" by hosting a forum full of "hot topics" in an effort to hieghten intergenerational interest in improving the economic and civic vitality on all social levels of our city. This forum, targeted at Southside residents but open to all, provides an opportunity for authentic citizen education, exchange, and input on specific issues facing our community in a open, laidback atmosphere. You can contact Christic at