Kehli Faulkner Berry was raised in Compton, CA. She went to Clark Atlanta University then transferred to Georgia State University in 2003 where she received an opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps Intern.
While interning as a Research Assistant with the Georgia State University Neighborhood Collaborative/Jimmy Carter Center at Atlanta City Hall, she developed 1-Shine Youth Enrichment Program, a multi service program for inner city youth.
In 2004, Kehli received a grant from the Ann E. Casey Foundation and the Enterprise Foundation. Her program received stellar reviews and she was awarded the same grant for additional years. In 2008, Kehli decided to move back to her hometown and finish her degree in Africana Studies: Urban Education. She soon got married and now has 2 small children.
Currently, Kehli is the Director of 1-Shine Youth & Community Services and the Divas of Compton. Her summer and youth programming works towards promoting unity, cultural awareness, and community building through education, leadership training, and cultural arts for youth and teens within Compton and surrounding cities in Los Angeles County.
To read more about Kehli’s Pollination Project Grant, click here.