Program Team

Awa Ndiaye

Dr. Awa Toure Ndiaye - Founder of AwAction Network Inc., & President

I care about youths and women's social and economic outcomes and their successful integration in this competitive world. Cultural adaptation is a hardship for immigrants and their children whose upbringing differs from their parents'. As parents try to preserve their cultural heritage and inculcate them to their children, they are sometimes unaware of the struggles their children go through to marry two different cultures that, at times, see the world differently. This leads to conflicts between parents and children who move away from them with the risks of following undesirable paths. Some immigrant parents are equally challenged when it comes to understanding the American school system for lack of experience in this field; therefore, they are unable to provide meaningful support to their children during their early school years through high school or college. Some children are left to themselves to try to figure it out. I realized, after a few encounters with Senegalese youths in need, that neither parents nor their children should have to do it alone as it takes a village to raise a child. My question became: How do I help and how do I bring other parents who have bridged the cultural gap to help our community youths and their parents overcome these barriers?

 I found an opportunity to contribute to my community's growth after meeting an American youth whose parents are first generation immigrants from Senegal. She was searching for career guidance and a mentor with whom she could relate. Shortly after, I had a new encounter with another youth from Senegal who was going through a similar career dilemma. I could not help but wonder who else from the Senegalese community was experiencing career challenges and how could we, the Senegalese community, contribute to their growth? I researched and found that many of our community youths would benefit from a relationship with mentors with common career interest, hands-on experience through shadowing or internships, and soft skills development to nurture their strengths under the supervision of a parent/guardian and a mentor who cares. This discovery led to the implementation of the non-profit organization AwAction Network Inc, and the creation of a youth online mentoring program. A team of qualified and selfless volunteers who cared about the cause donated and continue to donate their time and experience to plan ways to provide help to the youths and parents. We thought about an online mentoring program to reach all youths who need help and mentors across the United States who care to help and contribute to their community's growth. One of the young ladies, Ndella Seck, who inspired the creation of this program joined me in this program and she is in charge of Volunteers Administration - read her credentials in the upcoming paragraphs.

  • I have a doctoral degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Program Administration

  • I hold an MBA in Management and a BS in Information Technology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

  • I accumulated a wealth of experience in Program Implementation, Administration, Management and Strategic Planning. 

  • I worked with Community Youths and developed engagement programs to keep them occupied and develop their social skills.

My vision for this mentoring program is to welcome our community youths into the program to match them with dedicated mentors that will accompany them through college. I foresee the formation of well-guided youths who will continue the legacy of giving back to younger generations. 

Ndella Seck

Ndella Seck - Volunteers Administrator

I envision a world of possibilities for the African community. I am on a quest to inquire what I do not know. However, I do know that you cannot do it alone. Along with my vision comes shared responsibilities with other in order for change to occur. We will know change when we enlist each other to work towards the creation of a counter-narrative for the African continent and its people.

  • I have a Bachelors of Science from Ithaca College in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Management.

  • I have a minor in African Diaspora Studies.

In addition to being a volunteer for the mentoring program, I am the Station Manager and Corporate Trainer at the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) airport for Prospect Airport Services. My hands-on approach   is complimented by my interpersonal leadership skills. I engage and motivate employees at all level and I am highly  experienced with managing and teaching in digital environments.

Charlie Heyman

Charlie Heyman - Advisor

"Making our communities whole and self-sufficient is one of the things we must take charge... It will take everyone’s commitment to this change and I want to start with me!” My passion for service to humanity started at home with my mom. She was the neighborhood mom, Plumie Heyman, who upon her passing was awarded the Key to Warrensville Heights, Ohio, and given a day in remembrance for her pillar spirit of community and family.

  • I studied Business Administration and left college early to join the US Air Force in February 1988. I spent 5 years serving my country and participated in Dessert Storm in 1991.

  • I wrestled for the Air Force All Service Team of Texas from 1989 to 1991 and finished my degree as an active duty Airman in 1991.

The connection to the mission of Mentor-N-Motion has provided next level commitment, both personally and professional to the growth of our communities and the dedication to our youth. Currently the owner/operator of a Cleveland based for-profit community restoration company geared towards small business development and growth within the under-served   communities. As a subject matter expert and grant panelist for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), he has formed   national partnerships through grants produced for his clients from the USDA, Catholic Charities, The Home Depot and several other multi-year donor.

Aminata Ndiaye

Aminata Ndiaye Tall - Mentees and Mentors Relations

I am a Financial Sector Specialist at the World Bank Headquarters in D.C, with prior work experience with other international organizations. I also worked in several financial institutions in New York, USA and Dakar, Senegal.

  • I hold four Masters’ degrees (Management, MBA and MPA) from Sciences Po Paris, London School of Economics, Pace University and NEOMA Business School (formerly ESC Rouen). A Senegalese national, I obtained my Baccalaureate in Dakar, before pursuing preparatory classes in Paris.

  • I co-chaired the mentoring program of the World Bank Group’s Youth-to-Youth network in 2017-18 where the program grew to 1,000 mentees.

  • Mother to three boys, I am passionate about access to finance for entrepreneurs, women’s economic empowerment, and good governance.I published a book, available in English and French: Pregnancy and Motherhood – Perspectives from two Afropolitan women. Also, I co-authored reports in my fields of expertise.