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New Leaders Council

Meet the 2018 Fellows: Nick Banks

Leading up to our Progressing the Good Life event on June 8, we will be introducing the 2018 fellows. Today, we meet Nick Banks.

Tell us a little about yourself.  

Born and raised in North Omaha, I am the proud product of love and sacrifice. I am the last of 5 children and I have a twin sister. For as long as I can remember, I've always been a bit...scholarly. My focus on education afforded me the opportunity to meet others and experience moments that I may otherwise not have had. The first college graduate of my entire family, it has long been my mission to effect positive change on my community, serving as a mentor/big brother to many.

Why New Leaders Council (NLC)?

In and with NLC, I was able to see camaraderie through purpose. And while the paths each fellow journeys to get here, once you find yourself within the NLC family, it all feels natural. Before being accepted as a fellow, I saw the New Leaders Council as a potentially phenomenal opportunity. Now, nearing the end of formal institute, I know it to be a great, life-enhancing experience.

What have you gained through your experience at NLC?

Above all, my NLC experience has provided me with a greater sense of confidence in who it is that I am and who it is that I aim to be, and strive to do. It has certainly given me tools that I have enacted not just for myself, but that which I've also shared with students, friends, and family.

Briefly describe your capstone project.

I've become increasingly more interested in representation of the Black existence and the visibility of the entire spectrum of that existence. With dreams of one day launching a platform for classic and modern Black entertainment (movies, tv-shows, etc), and being a space to help launch new creatives, my hope is to change the common image and perception of Black folks. On a smaller scale for now, I want to do this through the creation of an Arsenio Hall-esque talk show, which will be rich in conversation and culture.

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