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At age 13, when LaToya Rick­etts could not get a job be­cause of her young age, she chose to vol­un­teer. She would soon learn the mean­ing of vol­un­teerism. From that mo­ment on, Rick­etts’s ded­i­ca­tion has never wa­vered. She con­tin­ues to work for a cause greater than her­self.

With a re­sume that would im­press the most ac­com­plished pro­fes­sion­als, Rick­etts’s ex­pe­ri­ence does not re­flect her youth­ful age. As a plan­ner with Palm Beach County Of­fice of Com­mu­nity Re­vi­tal­iza­tion and the pres­i­dent/owner of an event-plan­ning firm, it is clear that plan­ning and build­ing are com­mon threads in her life. “It takes a vil­lage to raise a child,” and it takes soul like Rick­etts to help build a vil­lage.

Rock On

Cause: Em­pow­er­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing young peo­ple.

MVR: Most Valu­able Re­source

Na­tional Ur­ban League In­cen­tives To Ex­cel & Suc­ceed na­tion­wide youth ini­tia­tive has been Rick­etts most in­ter­est­ing vol­un­teer project. A pro­gram de­signed to re­flect the pos­i­tive as­pects of youth in to­day’s so­ci­ety while pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for per­sonal and lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment.

Lis­ten Up

Rick­etts most re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence thus far, has been work­ing as a peer coun­selor in ele­men­tary and mid­dle schools with the Men­tal Health As­so­ci­a­tion Lis­ten to Chil­dren Pro­gram.


With a self-pro­claimed, “We Can Do It At­ti­tude,” Rick­etts de­clares that she and her fel­low young pro­fes­sion­als have “the re­spon­si­bil­ity to teach oth­ers who they truly are and what we can truly be­come.”

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