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Hidden Gems: Meet Khariyyah Shabazz of Khariyyah Speaks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Khariyyah Shabazz.

Khariyyah, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Khariyyah Speaks was founded in 2021. Kspeaks is a public speaking platform that provides tangible solutions to community issues on a neighborhood level. While working within the community for the past 15 years, I saw the need to share the best practices amongst community engagement and executing community initiatives. I believe that whether you’re a resident, a community-based organization, a small business, or a large corporation, you play a role in impacting the neighborhoods you serve.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road to community empowerment is never smooth. I am in the business of inspiring others to use their superpowers to make a difference. The struggles we face are a lack of resources and trust from the community that they too have the power to make a change. I believe in the message and I believe in the people. Giving the power to the people to have a voice allows us to take ownership in our past, present, and future.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Since deciding to quit my corporate gig and join a non-profit community-based organization, I was able to identify the gap between community-based organizations and larger corporations that do not engage community members in a way that benefits them. I figured a way to combine both worlds in a way that promoted partnerships and opportunities for corporations, businesses, and communities.

When you work directly with Khariyyah Speaks, you will:
Train your team in how to engage community members,
Provide strategies on how to partner with community-based organizations,
Guide your team to create community initiatives that directly improve the conditions of the neighbors you serve, and
Create dynamic youth programs.

I offer speaking engagements, workshops, and side-by-side coaching for initiative implementation. The goal is to empower community members on all levels to use their power to impact the neighborhoods that they live, work, and thrive in.

I am so proud of the groundwork I have put in. Watching the youth and families I serve to get into college, create their own paths, and taking the baton to lead the next generation has truly inspired me to continue this work of community empowerment.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I am always looking to partner with others who have a passion for this work. People can support me by spreading the word about what I specialize in and book me for community events, workshops, and speaking panels.

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