Light the Way Foundation is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization that provides funding for youth with limited resources in DC, MD and VA, to participate in extracurricular activities. Our motto is "Opening Doors to a Brighter Future."
We believe activities are vital for youth development, as they help increase memorization, problem solving, and self pride. We believe these skills empower children to exude confidence and leadership, which make them better students and members of our society.
Janice Murphy founded Light the Way Foundation (LTW), because as a child, she was unable to participate in activities due to limited resources. Her mission is to ensure all youth are afforded the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities, as they are critical to development. Janice received a Master of Business Administration degree from UMUC and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Strayer University. She has always had a passion to help youth reach their goals. LTW has enabled her to watch community youth develop into confident and educated boys and girls. She believes in our future leaders and works to ensure they have the support they need to be successful.
Breanna Murphy graduated from Howard University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She has been very active in the community, working with youth; volunteering her support and coaching a cheer squad. She also has passion for fashion and enjoys styling local celebrities and blogging on what's new in fashion. Breanna has a giving heart and is a wonderful mother for her son Noah and daughter Nyla. She is dedicated and works deligently to advance community youth.
Yakina White has a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Tuskegee University. Her passion for working and helping animals, led her to work for over ten years as a veterinarian technician. She later became interested in the healthcare industry and gained additional employment with a major health insurance company. She enjoys volunteering her support for the AAU Girls and Boys Basketball Organization, by fundraising and coordinating activities for the children. Yakina is helping our youth grow by teaching them ways to discover positive life skills.
Derrick Terry holds a Bachelor/Master of Arts degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Towson University. Additionally, Derrick earned an Associates of Applied Science degree in Information Management from the Community College of Air Force and holds an Advanced Professional Special Education Certification from the Maryland (MD) State Department of Education. He currently serves as the Records Management Program Manager for the United States Marine Corp, an adjunct professor at Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., and CEO of Edvocare (special education advocacy organization). Derrick was a former special education/math teacher with over 18 years teaching experience in various urban school districts. Also, Derrick retired from the military reserves after 28 years of service (MD Army/Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force Reserves) and served overseas during Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom.
Derrick is regularly active in the community as a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and was appointed by the Governor of MD to serve on the Juvenile Services Education System Education Coordinating Council. In addition, Derrick is a basketball referee and enjoys mentoring youth with improving their social and life skills.
Rosalyn Overstreet-Gonzalez, Esq., is a staff attorney with the Parole Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Rosalyn earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish Linguistics from Howard University and later a Juris Doctor from the District of Columbia School of Law. Rosalyn has strong ties to her community and volunteers her time and expertise among a myriad of community based organizations. Rosalyn believes strongly that working with and for the benefit of our youth is a privilege.
As a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, Billy Sanders is a Communications Consultant with Bridges Consulting; a company he founded fifteen years ago to champion cross-cultural communication through education and empowerment. Currently a veteran mentor for College Bound, Board Advisor to Light the Way Foundation, and serves on the Board for the Friends of the Buea School for the Deaf [Cameroon, West Africa]. Billy credits his love for serving within the Deaf community to his mother, Debra - who is Deaf. Having earned both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Public Administration from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Billy is currently a doctoral student in the Community College Leadership Program at Morgan State University. A staunch advocate for education, Billy has taught extensively since the year of 2000 at a myriad of colleges and universities in the objects of American Sign Language, Signed Language Systems, and Strategies for Cross-Cultural Communication. Aside from living out his passion, Billy loves to spend time with his 19-year old son, Donovan, who is a scholar-athlete attending the University of Virginia.
Islam Shabazz (Is) is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Physical Education (PE), a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation, and a Minor in Allied Sciences. For over 20 years, he has been and still is passionate and enthusiastic to his commitment to the success of youth and young adults. For the past 18 years, Is has been working as a PE instructor for DCPS, where he's implemented a variety of health and PE programs that have helped students make better decisions in their school and community. As a coach, he believes in the "student first - athlete second" approach, which helps connect sports to the ups and downs and responsibilities of life as a whole. He is the lead trainer of Building Our Kids Success, which is sponsored by Reebok. He has experience in marketing and promotions from his companies Shabazz International Apparel, Shabazz Brothers Urbanwear, and D.C.'s own Greenhouse Entertainment.
Light The Way Foundation
P.O. Box 458
Temple Hills, MD 20757