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Mary-Pat Hector Leads Local Effort to Help Flint Residents

February 2016

Mary-Pat-HectorSpelman first-year student Mary-Pat Hector recently led a student effort to collect and deliver more than 12,000 bottles of water to Flint, Michigan residents exposed to lead contamination in the city’s water supply.

Hector and about 20 local college students, all members of the Atlanta chapter of the National Action Network’s Youth Move, arrived in Flint on Jan. 30. They went door-to-door delivering water, most of which was provided by Atlanta’s Hosea Helps, to some of the city’s most needy residents. She also received donations from organizations including Usher Raymond's New Look Foundation and delivery service provider INPAX. Spelman also served as a collaborative partner and the group collected 17 pallets of water totaling 12,000 bottles).

“When I saw a mother on the news crying because she didn't get water, I wanted to do something,” said 18-year-old Hector, national youth director of NAN. “This is very much an ongoing crisis.” The group plans to make monthly trips to Flint to deliver supplies.

Hector, whose community activism was stoked as a preteen, has received numerous accolades for her work, including a community service commendation letter from President Barack Obama.  In February 2016, Hector met with the President and two generations of civil rights and Black Lives Matter activists. She and the other participants also attended the White House's Black History Month reception with the President and First Lady.

She, along with 10 to 11 other Spelman students, six Morehouse students, and two student members of the National Action Network will be going to distribute the water that has been collected (17 pallets that total 12,000 bottles) from individuals and organizations across Atlanta. 

About Mary-Pat
Mary-Pat can add National Youth Director for National Action Network. She speaks throughout this country educating youth on violence and other issues crippling her generation. Her non-profit now provides teen-safety workshops for schools, trains teens and college students in many areas of youth advocacy techniques. Not content to rest on her accomplishments, Mary-Pat travels an average of 4,000 miles a month speaking at high schools, colleges, conferences, women's events, and crisis shelters across the U.S. In addition to her duties as founder of Youth in Action and Youth Leader at Usher New Look Foundation, Mary-Pat delivers keynote presentations calling for teen activism; her story provides the inspiration, her how-to strategies give young people their own road map for changing the world. Mary-Pat has a TED Talk scheduled for early February.

Mary-Pat has been honored with an award from President Barack Obama for Community service. She received the 2011 Power Woman Award from Al Sharpton’s 2011 NAN Convention; Won the Drum Major of Justice award from SCLC Women in 2012; Received the Essence 365Black award from McDonalds in 2012; National winner for Kohl's Kids Who Care; Nominated for a M.A.D. Making A Difference Girl for Black Girls Rock in 2012.

Mary-Pat has been named youth of the week for Born for Greatness. She was named Youth of the Year 2012 by the DeKalb chapter of the 100 Black Men of America. Also, Mary- Pat has also been named as one of Ebony Magazines Power 100 in 2012.

Mary-Pat is one of 21st Century 20 under 20 for 2013. She has been named Hometown Hero from the AJC. 2013.

Mary-Pat was honored with the Youth Activist of the year award from the 100 Black Men of America.

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