The Faces of RAP: Black History Month Edition!

We’re celebrating the end of Black History Month with a very special inaugural edition of our “Faces of RAP” series. In this blog series, we’ll be highlighting members of RAP’s team, our programs, and our community. This month, we asked some of the RAP team to share a favorite quote from a Black influencer or leader and describe what it means to them. Check out what they had to say below!

Coley Washington, Youth Fatherhood Initiative Lead Advocate

“Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives.” – Michelle Obama

This quote by Michelle Obama means a lot to me because success isn’t about the money you make, but changing people’s lives towards a better way of success. At RAP, the work that we do can and has changed many people’s lives for the better. By us reaching out to the communities of NYC, we help them fix some of their situations to the best of our abilities and knowledge. To me, just seeing people happy because of the work that we do and community program partners needing and wanting our help is a great feeling. It lets us know that the work we do is good, and it’s people in the world who appreciate us for our work.


Teneé Hall, Director of Operations

“Invest in the human soul. Who knows, it might be a diamond in the rough.” – Mary Mcleod Bethune  

Many times in life we are unaware of our power and value, until a person thinks enough of us to pour into us.  When I think of this quote, I am reminded of that importance to pour into someone and the significance of holding up a mirror to a person to remind them of their value.  Being at RAP provides that space and opportunity to invest in the young people of New York, and to provide them with the knowledge that they are powerful beyond measure. In the world that is rough, they are a diamond.

Sophie Guity, Group Facilitator

“Revolution is not a onetime event.” – Audre Lorde

In working with youth of color, it’s amazing to see how defeated they can feel when discussing the issues that affect them. As a facilitator, it is my mission to help them understand their power by using analogies that they can relate to. I choose this quote by Audre Lorde for that reason. Revolution is like a video game; every level you reach, you discover a new villain, gain new weapons, and along the way make new friends. The realization that getting to each level isn’t going to be  linear and that you will lose some along the way is inevitable. But that doesn’t mean that you aren’t able to turn the game on at a later time and try again. I think that is what Audre is saying. This is what keeps me at RAP –  being able to interact with youth that want to do the best for their communities and helping them see the power they hold regardless of the obstacles that may arise.