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Desiré Johnson-ForteBIZ Stoop

Desire Johnson-Forte is the Executive Director of BIZ Stoop, an Oakland, CA based social enterprise. Launched in 2015, with her vision to exponentially increase Black/BIPOC expectancy – beyond the age of 25 by way of equitable access. BIZ Stoop has served beyond its home county of Alameda to conduct resource access to youth across the state. Desire’s civic interest include: social-historical awareness; self determination & sovereignty; ending youth homelessness; economic justice; equitable access to culturally relevant wellness services; and advocacy for survivors. What Desire hopes to gain from this program is deeper awareness on sustainable workforce development for the the near future, maximizing professional network, and attracting adequate resources to scale and charter. Ultimately, Desire wants to continue to support the youth leaders of today to build their own community institutions that serve the needs of the people.