University: East Carolina University
Hometown: Beulaville, NC
Sylveonna Holmes is a Lead for North Carolina Fellow, serving the City of Clinton. In her role, she assists various departments with projects that include researching, analyzing data, planning, and helping with community events. She serves on the Downtown Promotion Committee, the Clinton Design Committee, and the Small Business Committee. Sylveonna is a graduate of East Carolina University where she received her BS in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and a minor in Leadership Studies. During her time at ECU, she served as the Service Leadership Assistant for Pirate P.A.L.S. (Peers Advocating Learning Success) within the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. She also served as a mentor for other Service Leadership Assistants within the office. She was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) and received a Community Impact Award from the North Carolina Campus Compact for her service in Greenville, NC. Sylveonna also participated in a 6-week cohort called Citizen U, which is ultimately what led her to apply for the Lead for North Carolina Fellowship.
On what she hopes for her community: My hope for my community is that they have access to all the basic necessities to help them work towards the life they want to live. Education, food, insurance, etc, whatever resources are needed for them to live healthy lifestyles so they can focus on their own unique ways to help make the world a better place.
Recent Work Accomplishments:
Sylveonna conducted a report on the amount of overtime accrued by city firefighters to determine if the jurisdiction should hire new firefighters. She also
contributed to the research and potential sale of a brownfield property the City owns. Sylveonna continues to research grants to extend internet access to parts of the City.