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.
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.
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.”