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Hailing from small-town Bridgeton, NJ, Darla Bunting always felt a calling on her spirit to inspire youth and help others. Darla describes Bridgeton as a small town with big city problems. Growing up in a city where poverty and violence serve as cripples to progress to this day, Darla became aware early on that in America where a child is born has great influence on hisher life outcomes. These life experiences led Darla to commit her life to helping people growing up in poor and under-resourced communities. She aims to level the playing field and empower youth to find and attain their wildest dreams by using education, coupled with building sustainable living communities, as the great equalizer. Darla's educational journey began at a K- charter school in New Orleans, Louisiana. In , Darla returned to the place that has become her home-- Washington, DC. She served as a Founding Teacher at DC Scholars Stanton Elementary where she taught third grade literacy. DC Scholars Stanton is a District of Columbia Public Schools partner turnaround school. Darla was part of a staff tasked with turning the school around from ranking as the second lowest performing to one of the top performing schools in the district. During Darla's second year at Stanton doubled its reading scores on the DC CAS standardized assessment. Currently, Darla is the Volunteer and Alumni Engagement Manager at College Summit and a masters student at American University. She co-leads First Book-DC-an advisory board that awards book grants to teachers nonprofits serving children in need. Lastly, Darla is the former Capital Director of Capital Cause a non-profit that engages young professionals through collective giving and service. As Capital Director, Darla managed the organizations grant cycle by soliciting nonprofits to apply for micro-grants, leading a committee to vet and select grant recipients, and awarding micro-grants throughout the year. Specialties -Dynamic, data-driven problem solving ability -Exceptional organizational skills -Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with families, key stakeholders and community members -Experience working in an urban education environment -Event Planning, Logistics Coordination, -Fundraising -Organizational Development -Project Management