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Jurisdiction: Pembroke

University: UNC Wilmington

Hometown: Fayetteville, NC

Valerie graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a BA in Communication Studies and minor in Political Science. While at UNCW, Valerie focused her studies on Marketing Communication and social justice. As the founder of the Speech and Debate team, The Speechawks, in addition to being the Managing Editor of the university newspaper, Valerie dedicated her four years in college to using her strengths to connect with people. Growing up in the community that played a significant role in her and her family's life, Valerie believes that LFNC is an incredible opportunity to immerse herself into the lives of others and assist them with the necessary resources to be successful.

On her hopes for her community: I hope to learn how to be a better empathetic listener and truly understand sacrifices that should be made for the good of the people.


Blog Posts

Finding My Brave in the #BraveNation

by Valerie Keys

By Valerie Keys (LFNC Fellow – Pembroke) July 23, 2020 As a recent college graduate and a young woman at the ripe age of 22, the world is constantly reminding me that I am not a “real adult.” Not to age my beloved grandmother, but she always makes a point …