Community Playmaker: Dwayne Aikens, Jr.
Vice President of the Bay Area Urban League Young Professionals
Dwayne Aikens, Jr. spends all of his time giving back to Oakland. He started “We Lead Ours” seven years ago to help underserved youth have opportunities with hands-on learning experiences to nurture life skills that focus on career exploration, civic leadership, college preparation, and health and wellness. He is also committed to uplifting young men in his community and mentoring them through his male leadership program, “Men At Power Strategically” (MAPS). Young men in grades 6th through 12th participate in this year-round mentoring program and get involved with in-community service projects, feeding the homeless, sporting events, performance arts, and other social activities. He is Vice President of the Bay Area Urban League Young Professionals and serves on the Oakland Parks & Recreation Advisory Commission.