Deborah is currently also the Executive Director of Youth Envision, a small nonprofit organization that was co-founded in 2004 in Port-au-Prince by a small group of young Haitians who wanted to provide more opportunities for youth. Youth Envision's activities have included professional development for teachers and school administrators, support and training for a school-to-the-streets program, young entrepreneur training, and human rights education. The organization is currently developing plans to support small youth programs that are homegrown in Haiti.
"After witnessing so much extreme poverty in Haiti, I soon turned my interests to the needs of the education sector as I felt that education was the best and most sustainable solution to poverty reduction. At roughly the same time, soaring human rights problems emerged out of the rebellion and forced exit of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. When I wasn't giving education workshops and professional development training, I was working alongside a Haitian human rights attorney to investigate politically motivated arrests and abuses and working on the release of Haitians who had been arrested and had no legal representation. One of my goals is to develop a community-based network of family members and neighbors who would be trained to advocate for those lost in the judicial and correctional system."
Prior degrees incude:
Ph.D. in Language, Reading, and Culture, with a minor in Anthropology, University of Arizona
M.A. in Educational Leadership and Public Administration - Nonprofit Management.