Sorena Hayes

by Terry Watson | November 13th, 2013
Sorena Hayes (photo by Howard Gaither)

Sorena Hayes (photo by Howard Gaither)

Sorena Hayes of Greensboro is the co-founder of Ujima Flow, an organized group whose sole purpose is to uplift the youth and their surrounding communities. Ujima Flow also raises funds to assist in the college education of local high school students. Hayes says she believes that starting with the youth is pivotal in helping to make a major impact and positive changes.

As the face and voice of Ujima Flow, Hayes is committed to serving. She is a member of The Greensboro Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Associate Matron of Magnolia Chapter #23, OES,PHA. She is also a member of Khalif Court #90 Daughters of Isis and holds the position of Inside Spy. Additionally, Hayes currently holds the title of Ms. Greensboro USA 2013.

Hayes is a graduate of Shaw University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She is Test Coordinator at James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro and wears many different hats in her community including an entrepreneur and owner of New Leaf Fitness 4 Life, a wellness and fitness company that encourages everyone to make fitness a priority. In March 2013, Hayes released her first fitness dvd, “ No More Excuses Time To Get Up And Move. This dvd is designed for all ages and fitness levels which can be found at Amazon.com.

While Ujima Flow remains focused to keeping youth involved in community service, Hayes says her vision is to help them recognize that beauty comes from within when giving to others and understanding that you can be anything you want to be. “Focusing on self-esteem with our youth has allowed many of them to improve in school, participate in activities they thought they could never do, improved their public speaking, increased their confidence and so much more,” she says. Her annual event, The “I Love Me” pageant is designed to teach young ladies that “self love” regardless of skin color, hair color or size, is most important, and that they are beautiful inside and out, just because of who they are.

Macaiah Wayne, daughter of Roosevelt and Christan Wayne was crowned 2013 Little Miss I Love Me. Ujima Flow also crowned Martika Brooks from Raleigh, N.C., daughter of Marikgan Brooks, the winner of the 2013 Jr Miss I Love Me title. The pageant was hosted by WFMY News 2 Anchor Tracey McCain and was a huge success.

Other team building and empowering events offered by Ujima Flow include Ujima Flow Adopt A Street, Triad Men of Distinction, Divas Shine and Father/Male Role Model Daughter Luncheon that took place at Harlem Bistro Restuarant. On October 27th, Hayes successfully completed another peagant that once again shed light on many young ladies who are desitined to succeed.
Because of her passion to serve the community and provide scholarships to our youth, Through these organizations, she has served the community in numerous ways.

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