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Meet Shannon Lewis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Lewis.

Hi Shannon, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Shannon is someone who is dedicated and faithful to the work she does. She is a young Christian leader who has set the bar for modern trailblazers. Her life objective is that she will be a service to all mankind by volunteering her time and God-given talent in the community in which she lives. Currently, I serve as the President of the Dallas National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Youth Council. I am a part of many organizations such as Leaders of Tomorrow, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as well as the National Honor Society, The Kenny Beavers Foundation and TBOC Pearls Ministry just to name a few. I have been a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the DFW 20 Under 20 Girls in STEM and AREA Community Service Award. I also given the opportunity to study STEM abroad in Dubai for ten days with the GEMS Camp. In addition, I have accumulated around 1,000 community service hours. Shannon was born to LEAD! I have a long tenure internship at the Pan African Connection Bookstore where I learn how effectively run a black-owned business. I am also an ambassador for Alisa’s Etiquette where I gain proper etiquette procedures & am looking to become a certified etiquette instructor. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
With success comes great responsibility. In life, nothing will come easy. As I become older, I start to see that not everyone will support you. You start to grow away from old habits, friendships and much more. However, I like to look at any loss that I may have endured along the way as a learning experience and an opportunity to grow.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
As an activist, mentor, motivational speaker and the many other titles I wear, each and every organization that I am a part of holds a very special place in my heart. Helping individuals, whether I know them or not has always come second nature to me. Growing up, I played sports and participated in various activities, but when I gave back, I saw another side of me. In sports, we’re taught to be competitive and win but when I give back any amount, I never worried about winning or receiving an award for what I did. You never know how much those simple acts can mean to someone.

Whether it was making care packages or just talking and playing games with those in the nursing home is enlightening. To know I made someone’s day by just being myself and having the desire to care for other individuals is priceless. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Also, seeing my mentors give back gave me more encouragement to keep serving the community around me. One thing that truly sets me apart and that I am extremely proud of is that I didn’t allow this pandemic to stop me from reaching the goals I set for 2020. I still participated in various activities, kept high grades in school and even picked up on some additional hobbies.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
First, I watch the news & read articles to keep myself updated on what’s going on in the world today. One thing that I really enjoy about social media is the amount of support that I get from family, friends and many others. Some of my favorite apps include Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and Pinterest. I have recently just started getting into podcasting after being featured on the “That Ain’t It” Podcast where we talked & discussed the topic of Ableism. Since then, I have tried to support a host of podcasters so I rely on Spotify & Apple Podcasts to start my day off. Lastly, Pinterest and YouTube are my go-to apps for my craft and artistic needs.

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