As a Dallas native, Ke’Yonna is a committed community and civic organizer. Ms. Hall has served as a Congressional Intern in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C, where she received a Congressional Recognition Award for Outstanding Constituent Service and ultimately decided to prioritize giving that same level of dedication to causes that promote access and opportunity for marginalized communities, such as her own. As an undergraduate, Hall was selected to share her story with community stakeholders and she spoke to the need for more financial support for first generation college students. Hall’s story was so impactful that it inspired Education Is Freedom college persistence programs to prioritize annual scholarships for program participants at partnering colleges. In 2015, Hall became an integral part of the programming and logistics team for For Oak Cliff. During her final semester as an undergraduate, her passion for education and urban policy intertwined. Hall conducted and presented her independent research that centered on understanding the higher education barriers of first generation African American girls and re-examined cultivation theories. For her commitment to student life, she received the university’s Student Speaker Award and served as the Keynote Speaker for University Honors Day.
Recognizing the needs of the students that she mentors regularly prompted Hall to found Secure The GRAD in 2017; a financial preparedness program that offers one on one assistance to students soon-to-be transitioning out of high school and into college and the workforce. Last year, her #SecureTheGRAD students earned over $70,000 in scholarships. Hall’s free time is split between serving on the inaugural Community Advisory Board to the Chief of the Dallas PD, preparing for her TEDx talk this fall, discussing the needs of Oak Cliff residents, leading organizing trainings and serving as a panelist for youth centered spaces, and enjoying the company of her younger brother. Ke’Yonna is a first generation high school and college graduate; She earned her dual B.A. in Sociology and B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas (UNT) and is currently a Master of Social Work candidate at the University of Texas at Arlington.