Nayesha A. Pruitt is the Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer & Consultant at Project Restore Initiative

“We’ve all had front-row seats to what’s happening in our world. The institutions that some believe were built to serve and protect our humanity have consistently communicated to us that our dignity and well-being are tertiary line items on their agenda. My dreams of creating healing-centered spaces for BIPOC leadership and youth are built on the implicit understanding that the youth shall lead — by unapologetically changing the face of leadership, purposefully building a community of leaders, and lovingly pushing leaders of color to acknowledge the power in personal stories, and diligently fighting for leadership to reflect the communities in which they serve. I am but a vessel through which our youth flourish, and Surge can provide the needed support and community to ensure I am pursuing this dream in a way that centers my own well-being and dignity while allowing me to remain connected to the collective genius of the Surge Family. “