Serving the highest of seven hills through recruitment and leadership, Florida A&M University’s newly crowned Queen of Orange and Green JaKela London, exemplifies the role of a queen.
London, a junior English student at FAMU has decided to charter the “Queen in You” organization for rattler women to be a part of.
The “QIY” organization is designed to train young women and girls in the areas of professional development through service, etiquette, scholarship, and empowerment.
During a leadership summit this past summer, London was able to learn more about the organization through president and founder, Noyah King.
According to http://queeninyouorg.com, Noyah King expresses that the importance of the organization is for women to uplift and love one another and embrace the culture of African Americans.
Learning more about the importance of the organization, London has decided to use her platform as the Queen of the Orange and Green, to continue the “QIY” legacy on the hill and express how it will impact FAMU.
“I want my rattler sisters to truly find the queen in themselves and, in turn, mentor our baby Rattlers at the FAMU Developmental Research School. Also, the advancement of women of color is something I am extremely passionate about, so I want to instill the tools for success in these young ladies,” said London.
Creating a mentoring relationship among women at the university and the FAMU DRS will allow young girls to have someone to uplift them and provide them with knowledge as they matriculate through out school.
Implementing a new organization on campus will also allow students to not only get involved within the school but through their local community.
Vice President of the FAMU Chapter of the “Queen in You” Organization, Kenidee Webster, a Business Administration student feels that students can learn more about volunteering opportunities and provide a common goal of giving back to Tallahassee.
“We plan to provide opportunities for volunteerism in the local community such as the Bring Your Own Book program that partners with schools including their 5th– 9th grade ladies,” said Webster.
London and Webster plan to highlight service and leadership among young women while exemplifying unity at FAMU.
London plans to incorporate skills that she has learned on campus to not only influence young girls but also express how much FAMU means to her.
“Since being here, I've learned the level of professionalism, leadership, and etiquette required to achieve our goals,” London said. “Bringing the Queen in You organization to the university I love dearly is my way of showing gratitude to all she's done for me.”
Through representing FAMU as the Queen of Orange and Green, London hopes for students to feel inspired and unleash their inner queen.