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Alumnae Profiles: Denise Blake, C'88

Alumna Denise Blake works hard to help kids soar. In 2013, she took flight as the Atlanta executive director of WINGS for Kids, Inc, an education program that teaches kids how to behave well, make good decisions and build healthy relationships.

In her role as director, Blake leads resource development and community outreach efforts, and contributes to administration and evaluation needs.

“I was initially drawn to WINGS because of its unique program delivery, strong organizational culture and its commitment to professional evaluation to verify its programmatic outcomes,” says Blake. “This is an incredible program, and I am excited to help build on its vision.”  

Founded in 1996, WINGS strives to accomplish its goals by weaving a comprehensive social and emotional learning curriculum into a  fun after school program. Trained staff teach teach  participants 30 social intelligence skills that revolve around five competencies of emotional intelligence: self awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness,  and relationship skills.

According to its website, WINGS is the only U.S. organization focused solely on providing social and emotional education within after school programs, and the organization hopes to expand to 16 schools throughout the southeast by 2016.

A Lifetime of Service

Blake is no stranger to the non-profit world. She has extensive experience in many facets of nonprofit management including: resource development, marketing, events management, planning and evaluation, program development, and accounting and finance.  She is also president of the board of directors for both The Kindezi School and Greening Youth Foundation; and serves as president of Successolutions, a consulting firm specializing in support to community groups, non-profits, faith-based organizations and corporations.

The Santa Cruz, California native has  held leadership positions in a number of organizations including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the Faith Factor Program at the Interdenominational Theological Center.

Blake also served as senior project director for Outreach Extensions, a media outreach company; and managed the charitable foundation for former Atlanta Falcons’ defensive tackle Rod Coleman. She earned bachelor's degree in psychology from Spelman, and a master's degree in public administration from Georgia State University.

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