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Rashida Ford is a fourth year Ella Baker Trainer originally from Philadelphia, PA. She first experienced the CDF Freedom Schools® program as a scholar in 1999. Since then she has served as a Junior Servant Leader Intern, Servant Leader Intern and Site Coordinator in CDF Freedom Schools programs in Philadelphia; Baltimore; and Bennettsville, S.C. Ford’s commitment to serving children has been evident in every aspect of her life, and extends beyond her involvement with the CDF Freedom Schools program. At the age of 21, she became the owner and manager of NIA Training and Consultant Services (NTCS), a training and development company specializing in teambuilding and development workshops for both children and adults. And for the past 3 years, Ford’s Play on Purpose (P.O.P.) Initiative has served more than 500 youth and helped their development as athletes and leaders — both on and off the court. This year, the organization celebrates receiving its federal 501(c)(3), which will help expand opportunities for the organization and children served. Ford truly believes that every child is capable of achieving, and that achievement looks differently for every child. She feels that it is the responsibility of the community to ensure every child’s aspirations come to life She is also setting high expectations inside the classroom every day in Baltimore as a 5th grade teacher.
Ford is a graduate of Morgan State University, member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is currently enrolled as a Master of Education in Educational Leadership student at Loyola University of Maryland. She plans to pursue a graduate certificate in nonprofit management.