United Way wouldn’t be what it is today without young, African-American leaders who serve with United Way of the Midlands and the Young Leaders Society to assist those in our community. This Black History Month, our YLS spotlight focuses on Deonna Wylie for her contributions to the organization and to the Midlands.
Wylie is in her second year serving on the YLS Steering Committee and her fourth year on the Book Bunny Committee. She also serves the community in other facets. Wylie promotes a healthy lifestyle and a love for dance by offering dance lessons to children whose families have low income. Sharing her passion with others at no cost has allowed children to develop a passion for dance which may not be accessible otherwise.
Wylie initiates conversations with people within the community to foster hope and encourage positive change. Early last year, she moderated a Round Table Talk about Racism, Equity, & Inclusion with United Way of the Midlands and YLS members.
“My goal in life is to make a positive impact on as many people's lives as I can,” she said. “That's mainly the reason I am a realtor, because I enjoy helping others.” Wylie is a Top 20% Producing Realtor in the Midlands with Keller Williams Preferred, helping those in the Midlands find starter and forever homes.
When asked, “What does Black History Month mean to you?” Wylie said, “It honors the sacrifices made, the struggles endured, and perseverance that others before me had to have to pave the way for the rights I have today.”
She also expressed that Black leaders in the community serve as a continuation of paving the road, not just for herself but for her children as well. It’s a continuation of a legacy, and it lets Black and brown children know that they, too, can be leaders.
Lastly, Wylie recognized her parents as being the biggest influences in her life. “They’re both amazing people, and I’m not just saying that because they’re my parents,” she said. “I am who I am because of them. They’ve taught me to always strive to do the right thing and to be the best version of myself that I can be.”
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