FOUNDER

Kicy Motley

HeadshotKicy Motley is the Founder of Movement: Black Youth Abroad.  Recognizing the positive effect that travel has had on her life, she created this organization to use travel as a way to inspire and educate youth.  The organization combines her passions for social justice, service, uplifting young people, and adventure. Kicy is an experienced traveler with her most notable adventure being a 10 month, 9 country solo journey around the world.  While on this journey she coached girls soccer in India, brewed beer in South Africa, picked coffee beans in Colombia, built homes in Ecuador, and worked in a rural village in Nepal removing post earthquake rubble.

Between trips to far away destinations, Kicy has worked in various capacities in government and politics.  This includes the NYC Mayor’s Office, City Council, NYC’s public hospital system, and various political campaigns both in the United States and abroad.  Currently she is a Municipal Strategies Manager with the NYC Mayor’s Office, liaising with cities around the United States.

Kicy has a BBA in Political Science from the University of Miami.  When she’s not traveling or convincing you to donate, you can find Kicy listening to trap music in Brooklyn, feeding her Candy Crush addiction or schooling your fave on the soccer field.

BOARD MEMBERS

Mutale Nkonde

mutaleMutale Nkonde is an activist and educational consultant working within the New York City Department of Education. Her work focuses on college and career readiness for middle and high school students living in low income communities of color. Her interest is in providing Congressional staffers with access to the research needed to develop policies focused on reducing and/or curing the impacts of algorithmic harm on communities of color.

Heidi Schmidt

heidiHeidi Schmidt has been working to reduce and eliminate poverty for more than 13 years. She joined the Girl Scouts of Greater New York in 2017 as the inaugural Director of Troop 6000, a new Girl Scout troop serving girls living in the NYC shelter system. Prior to her current role, Heidi served as the Director of Government Relations at the NYC Department of Homeless Services.  Shortly after, she joined the Peace Corps, developing HIV/AIDS awareness programs in South Africa.   Heidi has an MS in International Affairs from New York University.

Nikiesha Hamilton

NikHamNikiesha Hamilton graduated from American University with a degree in International Relations with a concentration in global and comparative governance, and a Minor in Spanish.  She studied abroad for a year in Europe, studying European History and the European Union. During her year abroad, she traveled to 19 countries and 42 cities. Nikiesha’s core passion is social justice issues and policies.  She co-lead an Alternative Break Program examining race relations and identity in Cuba and took a group of students to Cuba in March. She is a recipient of the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship from Princeton University and a recipient of the NYC Urban Fellows Program Fellowship. As an Urban Fellow she operated and innovate the College Prep Program at the Department of Homeless Services. Currently, she works as an Executive Assistant for CEO, Restaurateur, and Author Nicole Ponseca who is a pioneer in the food industry for Filipino Cuisine.

Alize Garcia

alize1Alize Garcia serves as the Community Affairs Manager for LinkNYC.  In this role Alize works to establishes key partnerships with community stakeholders and oversees community and government outreach on behalf of this first of its kind product. Alize is passionate about helping the youth attain their highest potential by providing them with the tools necessary to succeed. In 2012, she co-founded the HBCU Puissance Scholarship, to assist low income, first generation graduating high school seniors with funding towards their tuition. She recently developed We Give Too, a web platform that makes it easier and more seamless to search, find and connect with organizations and charities. Alize earned her MPA from Metropolitan College of New York and received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Howard University.