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being Activated

Our founder, Shakia Artson’s debut literary work includes a heartfelt chapter to her fellow peers in urban life: Being Activated – My Brother’s Keeper.  This poem details some of the harsh realities of being black while living in an urban area.  Growing up as a black girl in Brooklyn [even amid doubt and fear], Artson always found hope in her education, faith, and extracurricular activities.


Kickin IT Productions hopes to carry on this torch of knowledge through our Being Activated Award.  Two phenomenal students will receive book scholarships to help cover the cost of their learning materials for the Winter 2022 semester/school year. 

This award is founded on the idea that we need community to thrive!  Which is why, the recipients of this award must be nominated by a person/organization in their community who believes in their leadership, humanitarianism, and social conscience. 


To qualify; please ensure your nominee meets all the [below] requirements, complete the nomination form in FULL, and submit all supporting documents [by the deadline date].

Submissions close on December 6, 2021 and recipients will be announced on January 2, 2022.


Please note: Application must be filled out in full along with all [requested] supporting documents attached.  If not, the application will be automatically disqualified from the contest.


Disclaimer:  There is NO cap on how many different people an individual/organization can nominate.  If multiple candidates meet all the [below] requirements, please nominate them [all] and share with others who may know a student deserving of this award. 


Do NOT submit multiple applications for the same person, as this will automatically disqualify their entry.


Who Should You Nominate?

·         Student—either high school, college, or technical institution (Ages 13-23).

·         Tri-State Area resident (New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut).

·         Must be originally from, live in, or attend a school located in an urban area zip code.

·         Must have a [minimum] 3.0 GPA or B average.

Gordon College Afro
Shakia Artson at Gordon College
Gordon College ALANA and MIO