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Kitwana is a Louisiana native now living in Garland, Tx. After graduating from Southern University-Baton Rouge, La, she began her career with a Fortune 50 insurance company in the DFW area. She is currently a Talent Acquisition Specialist/ Recruiter but has previously worked in other areas such as Claims, Marketing and Leadership Training.  As a Recruiter, she has been a speaker and facilitator for career planning, resume review and interview preparation as well as being hired for their Claims department. 

Her “heart work” as she calls it has always been with the youth. For over five years, she was the High School Girls ministry leader for Firehouse youth ministry at The Potter’s House of North Dallas in Frisco, Tx and she continues to work with them today. She has also been a mentor to Dallas students attending Southern University and facilitated resume sessions with them through the Southern University Alumni Dallas chapter.  

Her most recent work has been with her own organization, 202Love, Inc. The mission of 202Love is to help African American teens navigate their today and prepare for their tomorrow.  Her current program, Girls That S.P.A.R.K. started in September. This program is for African American girls ages 13-17, and currently has 8 girls enrolled. The 5 pillars of the program are Self, Purpose, Action, Responsibility, and Knowledge. They have Saturday mentoring sessions that cover these topics along with community service and exposure experience. 

A true 90s music lover, one of her favorite quotes comes from rapper/poet Tupac Shakur. He said. “I may not change the world but I will spark the mind of the one who does.”  That is the focus of her work- to spark the mind of the next generation of African American teens. She believes in them and will be on the sidelines cheering them on as they fulfill their destiny and make the world a better place.