Hello all!

I’’m Yolonda Powell, the founder of Passport Promise Project. I currently work as a Flight Attendant. Living my best life doing my dream job. I’m a retired Hair stylist from Detroit, where I worked and devoted 25 years into Cosmetology as profession. In 2006 I moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. One move that has been one of the most courageous and life changing events of my life. While, here in TExas, I became unemployed and began a year of extensive travel, where I visited Europe, Dominican Republic, United Emirates and parts of South America I became extremely fascinated with travel. It was this year when GOD gave me the vision to introduce travel as an educational, developmental experience for young millennials. I believe if the youth of today are going to change the world “they must see it first” I vow now that my contribution to this society is to make sure young urban adults have the experience of a lifetime. The experience to see a world they may never see otherwise. I will work tirelessly to make it happen. I will facilitate all travel events and fundraising efforts. Through a network of school counselors, college advisors, churches and other non-organizations, Passport Promise will reach those qualified recipients and give them the gift of the world through travel. My inspiration is my family and brothers and sisters in urban communities, to who I owe a chance such as I had. With the help of my family, other flight attendants and volunteers, Passport Promise will be successful in its endeavor. I have three young millennials of my own, who have turned out to be outstanding young people raised with integrity, confidence and a sense of self worth. My kids are the ultimate example for other young urban adults that they can achieve anything they put their minds too.. With their help I plan to pass all I know onto my Passport Promise participants.

I believe if the youth of today are going to change the world “they must see it first”

I vow now that my contribution to this society is to make sure young urban adults have the experience of a lifetime. The experience to see a world they may never see otherwise.

I will work tirelessly to make it happen.

I will facilitate all travel events and fundraising efforts. Through a network of school counselors, college advisors, churches and other non-organizations, Passport Promise will reach those qualified recipients and give them the gift of the world through travel.

My inspiration is my family and brothers and sisters in urban communities, to who I owe a chance such as I had. With the help of my family, other flight attendants and volunteers, Passport Promise will be successful in its endeavor.

I have three young millennials of my own, who have turned out to be outstanding young people raised with integrity, confidence and a sense of self-worth. My kids are the ultimate example for other young urban adults that they can achieve anything they put their minds also. With their help I plan to pass all I know onto my Passport Promise participants.

Curtis Steen France, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, relocated to Detroit, Michigan in 1965. She began her professional career with the Internal Revenue Service Data Center in auditing/accounting. With an extensive background in employee benefits management, having worked many years for the Laborers International Union of North America, Ms. France retired in 1995. After two years of retirement, an opportunity to work with victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence was offered by the YWCA of Metropolitan (YWCA Interim House). In her initial position as Executive Assistant, she directed all administrative support, keeping the business side of the shelter intact. “Curtis” as she is known in the victim/survivor services community, was a detail-oriented professional who was organized, motivated and skillfully advocated on behalf of victim/survivors. As a grant writer, Ms. France has written proposals that have generated nearly six million dollars for the YWCA Interim House program. She was affectionately called the “glue” that held the shelter together.

She was honored by Detroit radio-personality, Frankie Darcell; nationally known radio personality, Michael Baisden and Wayne County Clerk, Cathy M. Garret for her work in the community on behalf of victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She retired in 2017.

In her retirement, she works with her daughter on the Passport Promise Project, a community services start-up organization seeking to provide passports for under-served youth. She is an active member of Christland Missionary Baptist Church, mother of three, grandmother of seven and great grandmother of two.