Kenyetta Dotson has been a life-long resident of Flint. Born and raised on Flint’s north-side, she refers to Flint residents as, “her community of caregivers and extended family.
At an early age, Kenyetta understood the importance of Community, Education, and Service. After graduating high school, Ms. Dotson enlisted in the U.S. Army, where she served as a Chaplain Assistant. Kenyetta achieved her Associate degree from Mott College, Bachelor’s Degree from University of Michigan – Flint, and Masters of Social Work Degree from Michigan State University.
Today, Ms.Dotson continues to use her skills, knowledge, passion, and time to serve and positively change the world one youth, one family, one community at a time.
Ms. Dotson has been instrumental in creating sustainable partnerships, and building strong alliances that helps to strengthen, grow, build character, and foster hope in youth and families. Her contribution of time, talents, and treasures helped to develop and grow a number of community-based organizations and programs throughout the City of Flint.
Over the past seven years, Kenyetta has written and developed grants for local non-profits, small businesses, and community-based organizations, which have brought over $503,000 to Flint neighborhoods.
Kenyetta established a local non-profit, designed to eliminate the tolerance for violence among families and throughout society, which continues to strive today.
Kenyetta continuously speaks throughout the community and works with causes that support education, safety, empowerment, and social action. She received Honorary Awards for her devoted work with area youth, family services, community advocacy, and social justice. She has been the recipient of the Sybil Award 2011; The zeta Phi Beta Woman of the Year award 2014, The Mayor’s Proclamation 2014, Genesee county committee for peace, Peace Maker of the Year 2013, and most recently she was selected as one of fifty African American women in the Flint Community who represents spiritual and physical beauty, in a traveling exhibit hosted at the Flint Institute of Arts, titled, “Women of a New Tribe.” In 2018, Dotson received the Governor’s Volunteer of the Year Award for her service in the community.
Kenyetta’s goal in life is to influence change from a systemic standpoint, by engaging the community in social action, collective collaboration, community development and empowerment. She completely understands the need to bring about transformative change, especially to those who are underserved and working towards breaking generational cycles of hopelessness, abuse, poverty, and addiction.
She works diligently to promote awareness, improve living conditions, and create opportunities and access to the most needed services for families. Ms. Dotson remains heavily involved in the issues of fairness, equality, social justice, and violence prevention.
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
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