Jamila is a beautiful example of building resilience both within herself, her family and with her community. Jamila grew up in South Central Los Angeles, the product of both a loving mom and unstable community. She witnessed violence in her own household and on the streets, the images of her mom being abused by her boyfriend still vivid today. Jamila’s loving mom, however, provided her with the love and support to make her way through college at the University of Southern California. Jamila is now a social justice advocate providing youth and families in Los Angeles county with environmentally-focused, holistic, services.
As the founder of Foster & Banks Walk in Faith Foundation, her organization works to restore the village mentality in inner city communities by providing quality, hands on supports, services and resources. They support over 1500 youth and families annually offering programs such as clothing and food drives, community health and wellness workshops and youth enrichment programs. “We believe that everyone has their own gifts, talents, stories, testimonies, and their own Walk in Faith, and by sharing our journeys with others, we bring true wealth to ourselves,” says Jamila.
Jamila has spent over 15 years working with “at risk youth” and their families in the areas of education and social work. One of her projects was funded by the Pollination Project, a 20-week youth environmental training program establishing a Youth Earth Club with two inner-city elementary schools in the Los Angeles area. The club encourages students to promote green initiatives, and to build awareness, responsibility and accountability for our planet.
“We believe that everyone has their own gifts, talents, stories, testimonies, and their own Walk in Faith, and by sharing our journeys with others, we bring true wealth to ourselves”