New Project RACE Teens President Appointed

Project RACE Teens President
Tommy McManus

On behalf of the Project RACE Advisory Board, I have the honor of introducing Tommy McManus as the next president of Project RACE Teens! Tommy, who has served as a PRT National Panelist, will be PRT’s sixth president since the youth arm of the Project RACE organization was founded in 1999. We want to thank Olivia Mukendi for her time of service and wish her well as she steps down to prepare for college.

As a former Project RACE Teen President I am delighted that my first duty as a newly-appointed member of the Project RACE Advisory Board was to help select our new Project RACE Teens President. As we considered the applicants, Tommy really stood out as the clear choice.

Tommy is a rising junior at Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ who comes from a family with a long-standing commitment to service. He has done incredible things at his young age to make a difference and display compassion for others. At only 12 years old, Tommy shaved his head to stand in solidarity with a friend who was undergoing chemotherapy in his battle against leukemia. As he grew up, his interest in supporting others continued to broaden. He was selected as a Regional Envoy for Teen2Teen RISE, an international youth run non profit responsible for numerous projects to aid teens impacted by natural disasters or poverty in the United States and around the world. With projects across the US, in Haiti, Honduras, the Bahamas and more, Tommy and the other envoys have had a tremendous impact.

A natural athlete and a huge sports fan, Tommy is not only a member of his school’s baseball team but also a pitcher and short stop on the Basking Ridge Babe Ruth All Stars 15U team that just this summer won the New Jersey State Championship. He is also manager of Delbarton’s varsity basketball team. He is an excellent student and he loves to read.

As you can see, he is an accomplished young man with a demonstrated heart to serve. There was, however, one issue to consider in choosing Tommy as PRT President. He will be our first non-multiracial president! After a very brief discussion among the Advisory Board, we agreed that it would (as one board member put it) “fly in the face of all that we stand for” to discriminate against a well-qualified applicant because they are not multiracial. Furthermore, I am of the conviction that significant progress in civil rights can never be achieved when members of the group that is being discriminated against are the only ones in the battle. Real change happens when people who are not a member of that group see the injustice and care enough to advocate for others. Tommy has multiracial relatives and multiracial friends. He knows that you do not have to be multiracial to know that we deserve equality and respect and he is willing to work toward that end for the good of others and the good of our world. We think that is awesome!

Congratulations, Tommy and welcome to the Project RACE team!

Kendall Baldwin
Project RACE Advisory Board
Former President of Project RACE Teens

Now Accepting Applications for Project RACE Teens President

Project RACE is seeking a dynamic, motivated multiracial teen to serve as the next President of Project RACE Teens. This is a high profile position at the forefront of multiracial advocacy.  The chosen candidate will work with the Executive Director, Advisory Board and Presidents of our other divisions, Project RACE Kids and Project RACE Grandparents, to advocate for multiracial people in a variety of important arenas.
This is a volunteer position, but the benefits are extraordinary. Previous Presidents have testified before Congress, worked with legislators, held successful bone marrow drives, appeared on the Tyra Banks Show and CNN, given interviews to many of the nation’s top newspapers and syndicates, been quoted in text books, had their writings published, petitioned the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, interviewed multiple celebrities and much much more! The two previous Presidents are both currently attending Harvard University and credit the  leadership experience they gained with Project RACE for helping to get them there. While the position can sometimes be demanding, Project RACE always encourages our volunteers to be first and foremost dedicated to your studies and families.
The ideal candidate will be mature, confident and creative with strong oral and written communication skills. The individual must embrace their multiracial identity and believe strongly that multiracial people should be allowed to identify with their entire heritage. As we would like the new President to serve a minimum two year term, students entering 9th, 10thor 11th grade are preferable, but others may also be considered.
The responsibilities include: Contributing to the organizations website and blog, creating content on the PRT Facebook and Twitter accounts, giving media interviews, responding to internal and external emails, promoting membership, planning at least one event per year (could be a fundraiser or minority-focused bone marrow donor drive, or a new idea), managing the PR Teens National Advisory Panel, contributing to programs that can be utilized to obtain grants and other activities as they arise.
Interested candidates should submit a brief few paragraphs on why they would like to be PRT President and why they feel they are qualified to projectrace@projectrace.com. Please put “Teen President” in the subject line of your message. The first round of applications will be reviewed beginning June 15th.
We look forward to hearing from you!