T. Morgan Dixon

GirlTrek

with Vanessa Garrison

Health & Healthcare

Nonprofit

North America

www.girltrek.org

T. Morgan Dixon 2013 Global Fellow

Bold Idea 

Pioneer a health movement for black women and girls grounded in civil rights history and principles through walking campaigns, community leadership and health advocacy.

 
Organization 
GirlTrek is a groundbreaking two-year-old national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C that inspires and supports African American women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives - simply by walking. Through grassroots organizing and award-winning social media campaigns, GirlTrek supports over 15,000 walkers, 300 volunteers and inspires an ever-growing network of 145,000 supporters. GirlTrek's health movement relies on inspirational stories, street organizers, active role models, authentic partnerships, smart advocacy and a whole lot of hustle! In five years, GirlTrek aims to mobilize one million supporters to lead a "walking revolution for better health" in high-need communities across America.
 
Biography 

Morgan is a relentless street-organizer who is deeply inspired by her family and the philosophies of women like Ella Baker and Septima Clarke. Prior to co-founding GirlTrek, a national health movement, Morgan was on the frontlines of education reform. She served as director of leadership development for one of the largest charter school networks in the country, Achievement First. Before Achievement First, Morgan directed the development and start-up of six public schools in NYC for St. Hope and the Urban Assembly - two organizations funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Morgan began her career with Teach For America as a high school history teacher in Atlanta, GA, and later as a school administrator in Newark, NJ. Morgan was awarded Teach For America's 2012 Social Innovation Award, recognized by the Awesome Foundation as a leader to watch and has been a featured in the Washington Post, One Day Magazine and The Root. Morgan is a featured speaker, recently addressing students at Yale and Princeton and opening the 2012 summit for the National Outdoor Leadership School. Morgan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern California and a Master of Education Policy and Leadership at Seton Hall.

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