LaTanya Washington, president of Women of Prestige, was born in Champaign‐Urbana and raised in New York. After marrying she and her husband decided to move back to Champaign‐Urbana. She has a Bachelorʹs Degree in Psychology. Wanting to help and mentor youth, she took a test for Probation and Court Services to be able to become a juvenile probation officer. In 2005 she became a juvenile detention officer for Champaign County. She is proud of her work and her ability to statistically see the needs of local African‐Americans. In May 2009 she started Women of Prestige with a childhood friend, Nyree Gaines, who is vice‐president. The group now has ten ambitious women involved. Women of Prestigeʹs mission is to help empower others. Striving to unite women from different professional fields, the group wanted to inspire local youth with possibilities. The group has sponsored give‐aways of hygiene products, bicycles, coats and books; has sponsored literacy programs. The group continues to work on making contributions to and supporting charitable organizations to make long lasting change. Current officers include: Kenni‐Sergeant At Arms; Robin‐Coordinator; Trinita‐Captain; Delisha‐Social Awareness Captain; Marshona‐C.S.O ( Strategic Planning Officer); Samantha‐Business Manager; and Teddra‐Secretary.

LaTanya was featured in Difference Makers 2010: An eBlack Champaign-Urbana Publication.