Youth Activist Mary-Pat Hector is Today’s Honoree

Mary-Pat currently serves as the National Youth Director for National Action Network, one of this country largest Civil Rights organization. She is also the founder of the Just Think Twice Ad Campaign, a campaign she created after attending more funerals than graduations. The campaign seeks to encourage citizens to think twice before using a gun on another person.

In addition to her duties at NAN Mary-Pat serves as a millennial leader for Usher’s New Look foundation; Mary-Pat delivers keynote presentations calling for teen activism, her story provides the inspiration, her how-to strategies give young people their own road map for changing the world. Changing the world was integral to Mary-Pat Hector when she made a choice to change the world becoming a woman of Spelman College.

As a product of DeKalb County growing up Hector dreamed of  a city where citizens could feel safe and where public safety is a potent concern. She dreamed of a community where she could walk down the street without seeing her peers handcuffed and faced down to the curb; a community that truly saw students as the future of our country and assets not numbers and liabilities. She dreamed of a political system that understood the importance of civic engagement as well as economic development; a system that valued the citizens that lived within it.

As a community advocate Mary-Pat Hector has been honored for her work in communities from President Barack Obama for Community service, Essence 365Black award from McDonalds, Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, Activist of the Year from the 100 Black Men of America, Black Girls Rock M.A.D (Making A Difference), Porsche Driving Force of the year award, 2014 Delta Sigma Theta Youth Leader of the Year, 2014 AKA Sorority 83rd North Atlantic Emerging Leader Award, Youth Advocate of the year  Women’s Council of the Empire Board of Realtist, Young Women of Impact Award from Off The Field Players’ Wives Association and more.

​While Hector has contributed to bettering communities all over the country she understands the home is where the heart is and that the people of Stonecrest need an advocate for them this upcoming election where she seeks to become the Post 4 City Councilwoman for the City of Stonecrest.

My guiding philosophy:

  • Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid speaking against yourself or gossiping about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

  • Don’t Take Anything Personally.

  • Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama.

  • Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you’ll avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

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