EAST ORANGE, NJ - The ChangeMakers Radio Show will meet with members of the Young Professionals of East Orange (Akeem Cunningham, Kaylan Jones & Ajah Baldwin) on this Saturday’s show to talk about what they believe are solutions to community problems. ChangeMakers is dedicated to presenting prominent and up-and-coming leaders to dialog with us about entrenched problems, troubling trends and comprehensive solutions. This week’s show is about solutions.
Akeem Cunningham was born and raised in East Orange. Being raised by a single mother of three boys Akeem totally understands the struggle and what it takes to overcome it. The public school system and recreation were major factors that allowed Akeem to successfully become a productive result oriented leader. His public education started out at Jackson Academy then onto Patrick Healy and ended at East Orange Campus High School. Before heading off to North Carolina State University on a full scholarship, Akeem helped make history in 2008 by winning the first state championship in Campus history! After his travel to college Akeem returned to his home community of East Orange with inspiration, aspiration, strong desire and a burning passion to serve the underprivileged in his community.
Since returning to his home community Akeem has demonstrated his commitment to community empowerment through co-founding the Young Professionals of East Orange which he currently holds the title as president. Additionally, his collaborations and strategic partnerships with local business owners has resulted in his facilitating employment for 165local residents through his Work Now program.
Kaylan Jones is the emerging artisan behind, Forever Audacious. She works in a variety of media, but favors Accessory Design. For her, the theory of turning your passion into profit rang true. She began creating accessories while studying Fashion Merchandising & Textile Design at Virginia State University (Petersburg, VA.). As her affinity for designing and crafting grew stronger since childhood, she quickly decided to follow in her family’s footsteps of entrepreneurship, and started her own craft business in 2008, which has taken her all across the country to various exhibits and festivals.
Kayla remarks, “My work is an experiment in emotion. I’ve never been disconnected from art. I always drew, painted, or crafted something. Anything I touched, i had to "make it my own", add a piece of me to it. My Culture, upbringing, My Love of colors and textures are the forces that drive me to create. Inspirations are manifested Visually, Spiritually, and Sonically. Very seldom do I start with a blueprint of what I set out to manifest, it’s very free-form”.
Ajah Baldwin is a lifelong East Orange resident with a passion for community engagement, art, and service. As a recent graduate of Montclair State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a certificate in Child Advocacy, Ajah has been able to kick start her begin her journey working for her hometown. Working as Aide to Mayor Lester Taylor III of East Orange Ajah has been able to connect with her community through constituent service, planning and implementing city wide programing and community service programs. Ajah Baldwin is Vice President and one of the Founders of the newly formed organization Young Professionals of East Orange. This organization was developed to provide opportunities and resources to young entrepreneurs and artists in local communities.
ChangeMakers Radio Show
The Change Makers radio show has been making waves since it aired in October of 2015. Each week it features politicians, entertainers, filmmakers, and entrepreneurs alike along with other very notable guests. The co-hosts Royston Allman, Rebecca Saint Louis, and Eric Perryman
bring a combined twenty years of experience in broadcasting. Every Saturday you can hear them engaging in enlightening discussions with news-makers from across the country and abroad about the issues of the day.
It airs every Saturday from 10am-11am EST on 107.9 FM. In Studio Call In Lines: (973) 672- 1271 & (973) 677- 3753. You can also tune in online for Facebook Live on the The Changemakers Show Page, www.rth2000.com or via phone at (712) 832-2637