What we do
The ASPIRE 2 ACQUIRE (A2A) organization engages youth and adults in intense and interactive events, informative meetings and counseling sessions, and recreational activities to help them cope with real life situations that many are faced with. We serve underserved communities, at risk youth, and those who have a history of violent crime and gang influence. Our multi-faceted program is designed to train and equip people to be valuable assets and effective community leaders.
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The WARRIORS 4 EPILEPSY falls under the umbrella of (A2A). For more information on this organization, please visit our website at Warriors4Epilepsy.com.
ASPIRE 2 ACQUIRE has successfully organized, coordinated, and designed numerous events. Please check out the gallery below to view some of their most memorable events!
CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF OUR MOST MEMORABLE EVENTS
YOUTHREPRENEURS 4 LIFE
YOUNG B. O. S. S. (Business Oriented & Self Sufficient)
The Y4L Program is facilitated by both youth and adult instructors. The purpose of this program is to give youth a sense of direction as they take several paths into their business journey, with the hopes of leaving them with a renewed sense of vision and purpose for their life along with the tools that will help them to accomplish these goals.
LEI'LANI SIERA WHITE, AUTHOR AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER
At the tender age of 9, this young lady published a book for which she won a PTA award. She has since published her second book and she also does speaking engagements. This chairperson for the National Junior Honor Society is an inspiration to many of her peers.
community EVENT PHOTOS
- A2A Day of Giving Thanks Luncheon - 2013
- Community Service Project at the Wedge Gardens, Raleigh
- Coffee With a Cop - 2015
- Meeting with Mayor Nancy McFarlane - 2015
- Dance session with Dancerz Make a Differenz - 2015
- Skate Date - 2015
- Luncheon for homeless women at the Women's Center - 2016
Aspire 2 acquire YOUTH SUMMIT 2013
Our first A2A Youth Summit was held on August 8, 2013 at the Sir Walter Hotel in the heart of downtown Raleigh and it was hosted by Chaplain Anthony James and Domita White. Our distinguished panelists were Durham Senator Mike Woodard and the lovely Mrs. Ericka James of Kingdom Ministers Association. Our event emcee was Ky'Ron, who wowed the youth with his amazing vocal and spoken word skills.
A2A YOUTH SUMMIT 2016
A2A held their second youth summit on December 10, 2016 at the Dream Center in Raleigh. Our distinguished panelists included:
- Shay Bethea of Jobs for Life
- Raleigh City Councilman Corey Branch
- Jimmy Davies of Every Black
- Gerroid Doughty
- Sherod Jones
- Divya Parekh
- Brandy Randall - Branch Manager of PNC Bank
- Coleman Tyrance, III - Cary Precision Coaching
- Raleigh City Police Officers Julie Little and Vince Doxbeck
WARRIORS 4 EPILEPSY
Since its inception in 2013, the Warriors for Epilepsy has hosted numerous events via community involvement as a means to spread awareness. It is our mission to fight a WAR against ignorance , intolerance, bullying and the misconceptions associated with Epilepsy and SUDEP. It is our mission to EDUCATE the world in order to ERADICATE the stigmas to help EMPOWER those who feel that they have no voice so that the world can EMBRACE EPILEPSY!
CANDLELIGHT DINNER 4 EPILEPSY - 2013
W4E held its very first event at Hope Community Church on Saturday, March 23. 2013. Duke University Neurologist, Dr. Aatif Husain was the special guest speaker. Other notable guest speakers were former Iraq War Veteran, Megan Standish who is also a licensed service/seizure dog trainer; and Julie Ann Nettifee RVT, BS, VTS (Neurology) and Professor Karen Munana, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology) at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine
KOOL DANS SWAG 4 EPILEPSY STROLL - NOVEMBER 9, 2013
The first W4E stroll was held at Cary Town Center Mall on November 9, 2013.
GLOBAL PURPLE DAY FASHION SHOW FOR EPILEPSY - March 28, 2014
GLOBAL PURPLE DAY 4 EPILEPSY RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY - March 21, 2015
This amazing event was held at the historical First Baptist Church. The event emcee was the lovely Mrs. Ericka James and our special guest was WRAL news anchor Michelle Marsh. Our keynote speaker was the lovely Pamela R. Kelly, Regional Administrative Director for the U.S. Veterans Affairs at the SouthEast Epilepsy Center of Excellence. Durham Councilman Eddie Davis read proclamations that were signed by Honorable Mayor Nancy McFarlane (Raleigh), Mayor Harold Weinbrect (Cary), and Mayor Bill Bell (Durham).
COACH KILL OF THE MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS ADDRESSING THE ATTENDEES OF THE GLOBAL PURPLE DAY 4 EPILEPSY RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY - MARCH 21, 2015
GLOBAL PURPLE DAY PROM 4 EPILEPSY - MARCH 19, 2016
This awesome event was held at the State Street Community Church and the special event emcee was the lovely Ms. Stephanie Lopez from WABC news. Our special guest speaker was the lovely Julie Ann Nettifee RVT, BS, VTS (Neurology) from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She expounded on the relationship between dogs and humans and she enlightened the audience on dogs who have Epilepsy. We also had the lovely Mrs. Pearley Yelverton, the director of the Durham Epilepsy Support Team expound on her experiences with Epilepsy.
GLOBAL PURPLE DAY BLACK TIE AFFAIR 4 EPILEPSY
THE WARRIORS 4 EPILEPSY HELD ITS BLACK TIE AFFAIR 4 EPILEPSY on June 29, 2017. We were so honored to have in attendance the very humble Durham Councilman Eddie Davis as one of our distinguished speakers.
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PLEASE CHECK OUT THE VIDEO OF THE BLACK TIE AFFAIR FOR EPILEPSY
KOOL DANS 4 LIFE ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY CLEANUP PROJECTS
Special thanks to Raleigh City Councilman Corey Branch for doing the honors by serving as the grand marshal for the Kool Dans Adopt-a-Highway cleanup project on September 23, 2017.
Special thanks also to members of True Worship Fellowship Ministry and of Consuming Fire Church who have hearts of gold and who always take a sheer selfless sense of wanting to give back to the community joined us for this amazing cause.
Lei'Lani White, co-founder of Warriors 4 Epilepsy, being interviewed by Sonya Williams-Harris of Fox50 Tar Heel Talk Show IN CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL EPILEPSY AWARENESS MONTH. 11/12/2017
KOOL DANS 4 LIFE 5K RUN FOR EPILEPSY!
NOVEMBER 11, 2017 @ JOHN CHAVIS MEMORIAL PARK, RALEIGH
Very special thanks to Governor Roy Cooper for signing my proclamation recognizing November as National Epilepsy Awareness Month in the State of North Carolina!
Domita White ~ Bio
Always the consummate multidisciplinary and committed crusader, Ms. White has dedicated her passion to be an active participant in community development. And this thriving leader has been called to two causes dear to her heart and they are Epilepsy and the prison movement. Ms. White has demonstrated her passion and compassion for these causes by advocacy, writing letters and placing calls for those who are ostracized, bullied, shunned and forgotten by society. She has participated in a reentry program as a mentor to women at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh. She recognizes that both plights are similar in that people with Epilepsy and people who were formerly incarcerated are often made to feel imprisoned in their minds by society, therefore making the reentry process and Epilepsy a stigmatized challenge.
Part of her strategic structure is to start from inside the court system, women's shelters, community centers and detention centers in order to establish relationships before people get into more serious trouble. She also tutors, mentors and counsels high school students who have faced challenges or have been labeled as "at-risk" youth. It is her hope to help these children before they become a statistic of the "School to Prison Pipeline" system.
Ms. White is also a motivational speaker who educates and spreads epilepsy awareness at various functions. Her vision is to plug into the school system to give children a "101" on how bullying is also tied into Epilepsy - as people who live with this disorder have been bullied relentlessly. She is also bilingual and has been very instrumental in connecting with the Latino community.
Ms. White is also a prolific writer who has authored a few books relating to Epilepsy. She has also published a woman's journal and an autobiography titled Aspire to Acquire. She had also written grants and business plans for several organizations.
She recognizes that everyone falls under the umbrella of humanity, and that through deep structural change, there is the hope of an emergence of transformed and restored model citizens who deserve another chance to transition back into society.