RAWK Spotlight: D. and Marcus

For the month of  April, we are shining the RAWK Spotlight on: D.& Marcus!!!!!

The RAWK Spotlight is a monthly series that celebrates folx who embody and serve the mission of empowering youth voices. Folx in the RAWK Spotlight can be anyone from staff, to volunteers, to Board Members, to community partners. They are chosen by the RAWK staff team by merit of their passion, dedication, and enthusiasm for serving local youth and their community!


We asked our Spotlight recipients to share words that inspire them to show up and continue doing the meaningful work in our community. Checkout their responses:


“When you show up authentic, you create the space for others to do the same.” Unknown


RAWK has provided me a space where my voice is celebrated. Where my ideas no matter how big or small are met with curiosity and exploration. I feel that what I contribute to the organization is valued. And the people within the organization are very supportive.


– D. Diamond (storefront manager)


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe


RAWK has provided me a new place to explore and learn many things. This is one of the most supportive work environments I ever been in and feel secure every time I walk in. I can’t thank RAWK enough for every opportunity they give me each and every day.


–Marcus Buchanan (program facilitator)



Keep reading to hear what our RAWKstar community has to say about  D. and Marcus, and their impact at RAWK and the community: 


“D has one of the best young innovative minds I’ve seen in a long time there dedicated to always think outside the box and all the hard work being done for our store front is amazing. Marcus from seeing him in person work with the youth at Northeastern he has a love for the youth and his dedication to them everyday all day is unmatched.”

– Bruce Anderson (program facilitator)


“D and Marcus show up authentically and with compassion for youth in our community. D’s genuine kindness radiates to those around them and their creativity is inspiring. Marcus is very dedicated, devoting his time and energy to help youth thrive each and every day.”

– Bri Edgerton (engagement coordinator)


“RAWK’s youth are benefitting from Marcus’s fun learning games and connection, as well as D’s entrepreneur innovation and energy!”

– Caitlin DeLano (data & educational research facilitator)