Dr. Deetra Poindexter

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An Atlantan philanthropist, educator and community leader, Deetra Poindexter, is an educator with 30 years of experiences. Dr. Poindexter is the Founder of Change 4 Hope. 

Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. Deetra received her education from Dunwoody High School, Atlanta Area Technology, Atlanta Junior College and Georgia State College where she majored in Early Childhood. She has also served as a U.S. Army Reserve since 1989 and at the Internal Revenue Service for 13 years.

Deetra’s love of education led her to open her own daycare center before taking up a position at  Clark Atlanta’s Head Start for several years. After seeing some things lacking in her own children’s school curriculums, Deetra saw the need for young Black youth to have workforce training, networking and exposure to history, culture and community. Hence, she founded Change 4 Hope which gives students an open mind to explore and experience a variety of careers firsthand. Students have gone to visit historical sites, meet with political, entertainment, manufacturing, corporate, food and beverage and agricultural leaders and gain opportunities for collaborations, internships and even secure jobs. The hub which caters to homeschoolers has taken participants across the United States and internationally.

Deetra has done many things within her community. She served as President of a nonprofit organization The National Hook Up of Black Women Atlanta Metro Chapter which improves the lives of women and families by supporting domestic violence shelters and safe houses, sex trafficking, bullying, self-esteem, peer pressure, and other problems of the youth. 

Deetra also serves as Chairperson for the Clayton County Library Board of Trustees overseeing governing board review policies, budgets, and more. 

Deetra also serves as an Elected Official for Georgia District Supervisor for Clayton County Soil & Water Conservation play a vital role in activities related to soil and water conservation. Develop comprehensive plans for conservation of soil and water resources in the District, work with land owners and developers as well as local, state and federal governments to implement soil and water conservation measures and practices. Administer and/or participate in the management of soil and conservation projects undertaken by the State of Georgia and any agency of the United States.

With the Ride To The Olympics Foundation, Deetra is the Director of Community Engagement, exposing students of all ages to equestrian, education, leadership, polo, fashion, internship and much more.

  Deetra also serves as the Youth Director of Gresham Park Christian Church, her roles are to engage the youth to learn more about Christ. Deetra host activities and event for the youth and the community like Back to School Bash, Vacation Bible School, Food Drive, Fall Festival, Youth education, Youth Summer Camp, Youth Choir and many more programs.

Deetra and her husband are serial entrepreneurs and have instilled their work ethic and community involvement attitudes in their children. Deetra’s mantra is “One Team- One Dream”.