2nd Annual ADYA Fundraiser for Sankofa Tutoring System™

Special Thanks to all that joined us at our 2nd Annual ADYA Fundraiser for Sankofa Tutoring System.

We appreciate your contribution and are grateful for your support. Our next step is continue raising funds towards our fall 2018 goal to open our location.

Black Youth: Developing and Managing Wealth


Northwest African American Museum


2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144


April 14, 2018 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Doors open at 4:00pm

In the Spirit of Awareness and Enlightenment

ADYA welcomes the community to it’s second annual fundraiser at the Northwest African American Museum. This Well Dress or Traditional Attire event will present the future of Sankofa Tutoring System™. We are honored and blessed to have David Banner as the Keynote Speaker, his ideas and outlook on Developing and Managing Wealth for Black Youth is greatly anticipated.

ADYA launched its first academic development program called Sankofa Tutoring System (STS) as a pilot program at Franklin High School in 2012. After 3 years of piloting the STS program in different locations, the program is ready to be launched in its full capacity. The STS program strategy is to operate from our own leased location in the 4th quarter of 2018. Our goal is to serve 100 STEM students yearly, with students from both middle and high school.

ADYA intends to raise $150,000 by the fall of 2018, in order to successfully launch the STS program independently. With this in place we hope to empower our youth and affect change in our community.

Come and enjoy a night of community and culture, food and drinks by locally sourced restaurants.

Master of Ceremony Jace of BlackStax.

Raffle tickets will be available, multiple prizes will be awarded, including Amazon Echo Shows.

All funds and resources go directly towards Sankofa Tutoring System.

All donations are tax deductible.

Guest Speakers

Mark Monroe
Managing Partner at RedEye Venture Group

Mark Monroe is an entrepreneur turned venture capital investor here in the Seattle area. He focuses on technology market sectors where he has now has over 20 companies within his portfolio. He graduated from Tuskegee University with bachelor degrees in Marketing and Communications.

When not investing he spends time advising and teaching individuals and families how to invest their capital wisely to build financial stability and wealth. His career has touched industries such as technology, fashion and engineering. He co-founded UrbanTech Systems, a Black owned civil engineering firm based here in Seattle in 2007. The firm thrived during the recession and is now one of the pillar engineering firms in Seattle. “To do something that goes against the grain is a challenge but when the end result is success it was the journey that made it worthwhile.”

He founded MyUnfold, which helped professionals get hired through quickly assessing skills that would then match and link them to hiring recruiter. That company was acquired in 2016.”Reaching the end of the tunnel was super refreshing knowing along the way how many people you served to make a difference. Save one, you save the world!”

Special Guest Honorees

Mr. Larry Tolliver
Sales Director of Boeing

Mr. Tolliver has been an instrumental mentor and significant value to the cognitive learning aspect of the Sankofa Tutoring System program for the past 5 years. Mr. Tolliver has sponsored ADYA’s trips to Boeing’s engineering facilities; to give math, science & future employment exposure to STS students.

It is with great honor & pleasure that we award Mr. Larry Tolliver with the Award of Exemplary Leadership and Service.


Ms. Royal Alley-Barnes, MAT
FMR. Executive Director of Langston Hughes Performing Art Inst.

Royal Alley-Barnes impactful work in connecting communities around public sector government and the arts spans over 35 years. She joined LHPAI in 2009. Her collaborative arts expertise has allowed her to develop viable financial and program infrastructure for eight major city arts/museum organizations. Royal, an expert in discipline, has lectured, taught and presented in the fields of visual arts, art history, art education, pluralistic community building and public infrastructures. Her diverse audiences have included university and professional groups. She is a 2008 recipient of the prestigious University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award for Outstanding Achievement, was a 2009 city of Seattle Youth Commission Policy Leader, and received the 2010 John C. Little Spirit Award and 2012 Ford Motor Company National “Freedom Sister” Award. A requested speaker and International, artist Royal holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master Arts Teaching from the University of Washington.

It is with great pleasure that we award Ms. Royal Alley-Barnes with the Award of Exemplary Leadership and Service.


Mr. Eric Pettigrew
Washington State Representative, 37th Legislative District

Representative Eric Pettigrew was raised by a single-mother in South Central Los Angeles. He attended Nogales High School where he was a stand-out member of the football team. Following his high school graduation, Eric studied sociology and counseling psychology at Oregon State University on a football scholarship.

After graduation from OSU in 1985, Eric moved to Seattle to study social work at the University of Washington. He received his master’s degree two years later.

Eric has a diverse background of work experience in all levels of government, the private sector, and the nonprofit sector. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety to former Seattle Mayor Norm Rice. He also worked as a recruiter to increase diversity in the UW School of Social Work. Likewise, he was the former director of the Minority Youth Health Project, which works to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease rates in Seattle. Eric currently works as the Director of Community and Business Relations at Regence Blue Shield.

First elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, Eric has worked to promote economic development, create new affordable housing opportunities, and expand educational opportunities for every child in Washington- regardless of race or economic status.

In 2010, Eric was chosen by his peers to serve as House Democratic Caucus Chair. The caucus chair is the third-ranking leadership position within the HDC, which makes Eric the highest-ranking African American in the Legislature.

Aside from his professional responsibilities, Eric has been heavily involved in community service for many years. He has served as a past president of the Rainier Valley Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the board of the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club and the ACT Theatre. Additionally, Eric has been a little league baseball and basketball coach.

It is with great pleasure that we award Mr. Eric Pettigrew with the Award of Exemplary Leadership and Service.

Fashion Show hosted by African Print Takeover

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African Print Takeover was founded in 2016 formerly known as Best of Both worlds production which was founded in 2005 by Nansare Consolata, Nansare has produced many fashion shows for various events: Seattle Central Spring Bling, Festival Sundiata, Mwangaza Jitegemee Foundation, Igbo day Celebration, Spirit of West Africa now known as Spirit of Africa, Her big day cultural wedding show, community basketball tournaments and many more.

Nansare is a fashion stylist who believes we are not all born the same; our differences make us unique. Her vision is for people to walk away from her cultural awareness fashion shows with a greater understanding of the African culture and the influence it has on western styles. She hopes her audience will also walk away with new ideas on how to integrate traditional African clothes into their wardrobe and an increased consciousness of how and what clothes communicate; values, identity and culture.



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Creations by Jaylin

Jaylin is a 9 year old who has an online boutique that sells one of kind handmade ties and button earrings for women and children. The shop was created soon after Jaylin was diagnosed with dyslexia with high hopes to attend a private school that supports her learning. As of March 15th, 2018 Jaylin was accepted to Hamlin Robinson, a local private school that ignites the academic and creative potential of students with dyslexia and other language based learning differences. Please support her dream of becoming a successful business owner as well as obtaining the education that she deserves.

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Adeshie Collection

Adeshie Collection is a partnership between 2 longtime friends and fashion enthusiasts. Driven by the challenges of finding trending fashionable designs that embodied their West African heritage without looking traditional, they set out to make their own unique designs.

Though coming from different professional backgrounds, their passions emerged in fashion. The quest for creating something new and exciting drove them to teach themselves to design and build a business out of it.

Adeshie Collection was started in the summer of 2014, specializing in creating contemporary African inspiration designs for men.The name ADE-SHI-E means “royals” in the Akan language of Ghana. As the name implies, our inspiration comes from royal cultures around the world, vibrant colors of textiles and unique prints.

“Our designing style is a blend of our creativity and cultural heritage with trending global designs”. With Adeshie Collection we boldly express yourself by sharing our Ghanaian roots with the rest of the would.”


Special poetry performance by Tia Nache.

Tia Nache` (Nashay) Yarbrough is a remarkably talented educator and spoken word artist from Seattle, Washington. At the early age of seven, she began writing and performing her poems at local churches and community events throughout the city. Even as a child, Tia exuded a confidence and poise far beyond her years, stirring audiences of all ages. Throughout high-school and college, Tia would be known for her exceptional ability to transform stages with her lyrical style, she has shared platforms and written tributary poems for Byron Cage, Marvin Sapp, Crystal Aiken and many other well-known artists. Tia is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, and has a BA in English Literature and a Master’s In Teaching from the University of Washington; She formerly taught High-school English at Garfield High-School and now serves as an Assistant Principal at Washington Middle School. Her ability to connect and reach kids and adults through her contemporary poetic form leaves their hearts open and longing for more. Tia- Nache` is also the 2011 Inside the Music Best spoken word artist winner. Her art continues to transcend age, race, and even religion.

Live Drumming Performance by Sohoyini

“Sohoyini” translates literally as ‘one heart’ in the Dagbani language of the Dagomba people in Northern Ghana. Sohoyini was created in efforts to unite cultures and celebrate our diversity through the beautiful dance and music of Africa.

Sohoyini is a pan-African collaboration of traditional arts embracing the music and dance of countries from Ghana, to Zimbabwe, to the United States. We celebrate not only our roots, but the branches of our new global culture. Although a mix of cultures, all efforts are extended to ensure the dances performed are true to tradition.

Sohoyini Ghana presents exciting and energetic traditional Ghanaian performances. With a repertoire built of dances from throughout the country, we promote the preservation of Ghana’s traditions in the midst of ever increasing modernization. We share with the people of Ghana through performances for ceremonies and other special events, youth through school and educational programs, and local international students through private and group instruction.

Music by DJ. Marley