Syracuse University Junior Receives 2012 Unilever Legacy of Leadership Award

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar Olevia Mitchell Established “Neighborhood Action Council” to Aid Youth in Her Community

Syracuse University Junior Olevia Mitchell received the coveted Unilever Legacy of Leadership Award at the Annual Jackie Robinson Foundation Mentoring and Leadership Conference held in New York City March 1‐6th.

The Award was created to honor a JRF Scholar in his or her junior year who, through exemplary leadership, has made a positive impact on society at large. It is presented in the spirit of Jackie Robinson Foundation Founder Rachel Robinson who has said “no one who dares to stand up and challenge the status quo, does so alone.” Established in 2003, this $10,000 award can be used towards tuition or a charity of choice toward furthering a community service initiative. In addition, the Scholar is offered candidacy for a domestic internship at Unilever.

In 2008, Olevia Mitchell created the Neighborhood Action Council, which engages youth in her community to improve their neighborhood by promoting healthy activities as an alternative to the norm of gangs and truancy. The Economics & Enterprise major also created two murals in her community, bringing empowerment and ownership to her peers through art. Although she has since moved to New York to attend school, she resumes involvement with these organizations whenever she is in town, and recently addressed graduating seniors in her community.

“With our partners and supporters, we are delighted to recognize the extraordinary achievements of these future leaders,” said JRF President and CEO Della Britton Baeza. “Olevia is a true legacy of our iconic namesake, Jackie Robinson who challenged us all to share our talents and skills with those in need.”

The Los Angeles native plans to use her award to further the efforts of Neighborhood Action Council.