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Dewana Little

Dewana Little

Dewana, a third generation Asheville native, is a Marketing and Administrative Associate for Self-Help Credit Union.  She comes to Self-Help after four years at Asheville GreenWorks as the Water Quality Educator and Community Engagement Coordinator. At GreenWorks, Dewana developed and managed the Youth Environmental Leadership Program (YELP), a paid internship for low-wealth youth. Under her guidance, YELP has grown from a five-intern summer program to 20 interns year round.  Dewana also has been a key advocate for recycling access for low-income communities, helping implement recycling in five Asheville public housing developments. In addition, she co-chairs the Green Opportunities Board of Directors and co-founded Positive Changes Youth Ministries, which annually takes local students on tours of colleges and universities with a particular focus on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Dewana says, “I am passionate about strengthening and empowering the marginalized communities of Asheville and Buncombe County. My vision is for this city to become a model for the nation of what ‘equity and inclusion,’ more specifically ‘racial equity and inclusion’, looks like, in every category.”