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Elton Johnson is U.S. Embassy, Kingston’s ATLAS Corps Fellow



EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | 2016-09-12 08:00:00

Three years of experience in the nonprofit sector, a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication from the University of the West Indies, Mona, and sights set on working in development communication for the United Nations or an international human rights organization, Elton Johnson has copped this year’s coveted place as the U.S. Embassy-sponsored Atlas Corps Fellow for Jamaica.

Through the Atlas Corps Fellowship, Elton will be paired for a year with the Bread for the City Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides vulnerable residents of Washington, DC with comprehensive services, including food, clothing, medical care, and legal and social services. No stranger to working at the community level, Elton shared his hope that this experience, which allows you to interact and connect on a more personal level with citizens, will help make him better able to make sound representation in areas of policy decision. For the past three years, the U.S. Embassy has invested over $100,000 to sponsor five Jamaican Fellows, allowing them to spend a year working with an American non-profit organization. Upon their return, they have used their skills to work for social justice.

Within the last five years, Johnson has worked with Edna Manley College nonprofit Arts Foundation in advancing arts and Culture in Jamaica, and Respect Jamaica, an anti-discrimination organization working to dismantle discrimination in Jamaica in the name of "respect for all". These experiences have given him opportunities to advocate in areas concerning gender discrimination, LGBT, and environmental protection. Only recently, he joined a UNICEF Jamaica initiative, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica, called Y-KLICK, which seeks to improve civic engagement among youth in Jamaica.

Speaking with U.S. Embassy’s Counselor for Public Affairs, Joshua Polacheck, Elton shared his vision for the next five years. “I see myself returning to Jamaica and continuing my work here with Respect Jamaica. Currently the areas I am most passionate about are issues relating to Gender based violence, LGBT, class and gender discrimination and I hope to build my own community-based organization to advocate for justice at the local level.”

Atlas Service Corps, Inc. started in 2006, is an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world's 21st century challenges. The Atlas Corps mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Elton departed for his Atlas Corps Fellowship on Saturday, September 10th.




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