HARRIS' HEROES

Harris' Heroes: Taedra Pedonti's dedication to D.C. youth

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Taedra Pedonti, 24, is dedicated to helping youth succeed. Last year, she joined a program called "Public Allies" which places young adults in non-profit apprenticeships to become new leaders in D.C. Pedonti was placed at "College Bound," where she helps teens prepare for college, including SAT testing, college applications and class selection.

"I feel like I've empowered them to be advocates for themselves," said Pedonti.

Pedonti even started a virtual mentoring program which encourages college-bound students to connect with their mentors twice a month. It keeps them focused on school and feeling supported. And she sends care packages twice a year to the college students and visits them on campus.

"At Public Allies, we believe that leadership is really not a position that a few people can hold," explained Nakeisha Neal Jones, Executive Director of Public Allies. "But it's an action that many people can take."

Pedonti says she intends to take a lot more action to help D.C. youth in the future.

"I do feel proud but there's a lot more I want to do too," Pedonti said.

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