WEFOUNDLetters from Katrina Stories of Hope and Inspiration

With great enthusiasm, I offer a few words about why I engage in the work we do at the Birmingham Education Foundation (Ed). I am always reminded of how privileged I am to work on behalf of students when I’m ask, “So Mrs. Dada, what do you do?” to which I respond with the utmost excitement “THIS is my job!” Ed provides the chance for me to build a network of great stakeholders and partners who work together to offer opportunities to prepare our students for college, career, and life after high school graduation.

I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to be a servant leader in my community. As product of Bessemer, Alabama, a community similar to and not too many miles away from Birmingham, I pride myself on making an impact on the next generation. I have always sought opportunities to play a vital role in the success of young people in my community, and Ed helps me hone the skills I need to continue developing as a leader.

My corporate background, engineering education, and personal experiences, all work together to inform my work at Ed. Not only do I get to work toward the goal of developing students toward college, career, and life readiness. As a program specialist at Ed, I’m able to leverage my networks and experiences to offer endless opportunities to our students in the Birmingham Metro area. From GEAR UP, INROADS, iCan Girls in Engineering, and National Society of Black Engineers to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Vessels of Praise at 45 th Street Baptist Church and Siamese Dreams Next Level Outreach, the list is endless when I think about every experience that has contributed to my success at Ed.