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Meet the ABC Team

Lauren Washington
Co-Founder
Lauren co-founded the Anti-Bully Crusaders Organization with her father. Several years ago, they teamed up to create a self-help curriculum in an effort to provide young people with the necessary tools to help reduce violence through educational opportunities and creative strategies. Having a tremendous amount of success
using this unique technique, they are now ready to present this project to the world.​
“As we grow mentally, spiritually, and physically, it is our job to become better, smarter, wiser, and to act upon our own free will to make a better contribution to society. Every generation must prepare for the next generation. To live for today is shortsighted, to live for tomorrow is vision. God gave us all the wealth of our
potential, abilities, energies, creativity, ideas, and dreams to help others. We bear the responsibility for activating, releasing, and maximizing this potential. To help the next generation, we must nurture these gifts. If I do not take what has been given to me and my potential to make a serious difference, then I will have failed not only myself but others who are depending on people like me.”
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​She attributes much of her motivation for this cause to her passion for helping others who may not have voice or the means to help themselves.

“The pain that I have in my heart is that we are not doing all that we can do in the wealthiest country in the world to stop bullying and violence. We are the most affluent and greatly blessed people anywhere on this planet and we are not doing enough for those who do not have a voice.”

Lauren recently earned a degree in Real Estate and holds a degree in Business Administration while working towards her Masters (MBA). As a member of the National Honors Society she served as a student Ambassador to Europe and sat on the board of the Future Business Leaders of the American Society. In 2016 Lauren successfully launched her online boutique Lolatee.com catering to the needs of all women.

“I am a person who is really on a path. I am really trying to look deeply into this social issue of bullying, and I am consciously and passionately trying to make difference in this world.”

Thank you for supporting the ABC Movement.
Peace & Love to you all… Lauren​

Kiesha Shaw
Vice President
Kiesha was Born and raised in Flint, MI. She attributes her motivation for the ABC Project to her passion for learning, teaching, and empowering the youth.
“We cannot be the slightest bit timid about asserting ourselves and making choices that put us in a better place – And once we have reached any type of success, we have a responsibility to reach back and share that knowledge and experience with others, to help them find their unique gifts and talents. I think we can fulfill our
responsibility to young people by committing our personal resources to them. By that I mean showing up in their lives, being present, really listening to what they’re saying, by asking questions about what they’re thinking and feeling, and by using our collective power to ensure that all young people have access to a safe
medium that gives them the opportunity to succeed.”

“I also believe as adults, we all have a responsibility to influence younger people positively. I think that all adults have to be careful about what we say and do because we set an example that our young people will follow. Let us use this opportunity and the ABC platform to change some lives.

Thank You. Kiesha S.

Alexis Ramirez
Executive Director
Alexis Ramirez accredits her passion for the ABC Project to assist those who do not have the voice or the resources to fight against bullying.  She’s focused on promoting bullying awareness amongst communities around, well also encouraging acceptance and peace.

Alexis received her Bachelors of Finance degree from the University of Texas at Dallas.  She has since made it her goal to assist the youth and inspire them to believe that they can achieve anything they set their minds to.
To inform them that no one should dream only to the top of the glass ceiling that bullying may place over their heads, but that they can break that glass ceiling and attain desirable ambitions; and with hard work, prayer, and
dedication dreams do become reality.  If she can aid the youth and educate the adults, she will have made the necessary steps to inform society and enhance preparation for instances to come. As a biracial woman of both Mexican and Haitian descent, she often found herself at battle grounds with those of one of the same ethnicities.

“Growing up in a predominately Hispanic community in California, I was one of very few children in the entire town that was of African descent.  The feeling of not being accepted from children of my own race because of the color of my skin or the inability to speak their language was upsetting.  I wasn’t considered Mexican, I was “the black girl.”  Yet, at the same time, in Texas where majority of the population in my high school was of African American descent, because of my features there I was considered “the Mexican girl”

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I often found myself constantly defending my ethnicity.  Constantly defending who I was as a person.  That I took it upon myself to say I will not be defined by the color of my skin or the language I speak.  I’m not “the
black girl” or “the Mexican girl” – I am Alexis.  A girl who became a woman and found her voice.  Not only for myself but for others that find themselves in similar situations”.

As the Executive Director of ABC, she does this patiently to bring this great program to communities and school systems around.  To begin the necessary steps to eradicate bullying and reducing violence one individual at a time. ​
Alexis Ramirez

Medina Muhammad
​Director of Special Initiatives

My name is Medina Muhammad, I am a recent graduate of Northern Michigan University with an undergrad in Political Science concentration pre law and a Minor in Criminology. I’ve had the extreme pleasure to work with various cities and school government organizations, in particular Minneapolis Youth in government and Michigan Youth in government. While studying for my B.A in pre- law, I remained politically active on campus by participating in grassroots movements like Northern Michigan’s University supporting campaign team for Abdul El-Sayed, the first Muslim democrat to run for Governor in Michigan. In addition, I was a finance researcher for Scott Dianda’s 2018 campaign run for 38th District State Senate seat. Currently, in pursuit of strengthening my experience for the course of my future career goals, I am active member for Michigan Youth and Government Alumni committee and the Founder of Medina Webworks LLC.Kiesha was Born and raised in Flint, MI. She attributes her motivation for the ABC Project to her passion for
learning, teaching, and empowering the youth.

“I also believe as adults, we all have a responsibility to influence younger people positively. I think that all adults have to be careful about what we say and do because we set an example that our young people will follow.

We Must Take A Stand and Make A Difference.
Medina

Jazmin Martindale
Campaign Development Director

Jazmin was born in Flint, Michigan. As an adolescent she was a victim of bullying. Jazmin said, “That experience changed me forever. “When you’re young kids can be brutal without knowing it. I overcame these obstacles when I discovered that other people’s views of us do not diminish or increase the value of who we
truly are! Bullies are only displaying these behaviors to deflect attention away from their own insecurities and shortcomings.” An invaluable lesson that she now uses to impart upon young people who suffer from the same experiences.

Now, as a director of the ABC-Michigan Initiative, Jazmin is achieving one more of her major career goals.

“Being bullied taught me to be a more empathetic person, especially to individuals that are less fortunate and
underprivileged. I have made it my life’s mission to help others. I believe in the ABC initiative and solutions.

Together we can stand up against bullying!
Jazmin

Paris Brown
Creative & Social Media Contact

To say I was honored to be a part of something so amazing, and so much bigger than myself would be an understatement.  This is the start of something so relevant and impactful, we must implement these teachings into our growing little humans. ABC is our Future and so are the youth. The ABC Project is the solution! It cultivates personal development and community environments. If not you, then who? If not now, then when?

Paris Brown