BHM celebrates the athletes and African-American youth leaders who are harnessing the power of sport and making a positive change in their communities.
Meet the members of the Future Varsity program – a six-month program created to support leaders in African-American communities using sport to inspire change.
Dance allows Shakyra Johnson to tap into the wellspring of her confidence and identity in order to inspire her community. Shakyra, a freshman, is already the team captain of Divas of Compton—a Compton dance crew aims to teach girls leadership skills through mentorship and dance training. And their “Mission of Movement” promotes social justice and healthy living while providing positive messages to inner-city youth facing issues in their communities.
Despite having battled homelessness, Shakyra is always striving to inspire, lead and share her experiences with her friends and teammates. She is committed to standing up for women’s rights and motivated to speak out for those who might be suffering from poverty.
“Actions speak louder than words—including dancing.”– Shakyra Johnson
Find out more about the other Youth Leaders that are using sport to promote change within their communities.
Future Varsity is a program designed to support, empower and enable youth leaders who are using sport to stand up for values, of equality, diversity and inclusion in their communities. We invite you to submit nominations for the next program.
Log in or create a NikePlus account to nominate a youth leader you know using sport to elevate their community.
Nike is proud to support numerous national and local organizations that provide services to underrepresented youth, including African-American youth, during the year, through mentorship, leadership development, coaching, city league sport programs, and other community initiatives.
The leading national organization in ensuring quality youth mentoring relationships, Nike has supported MENTOR to raise the profile of mentoring and expand into new parts of the U.S., connecting more volunteers to mentoring opportunities in their local communities.
Since 2017, PeacePlayers, with Nike’s support, has established programs in Brooklyn, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles bringing young people together through the power of sport.