Change Maker: Capriece Piper

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We’re highlighting change makers, those folks who make a difference in our community. Meet Capriece Piper.

How long have you lived in the Prince William area, and what do you most like about living here?

I’ve lived in the Prince William area since 2009. What I like most about living here is the diversity. It also has a strong arts presence, which I can truly appreciate as a lover of the arts!

What are some of your favorite things to do in the area and why?

When I am not working serving the community to give back initiatives and arts advocacy for underserved communities,  I enjoy the frequenting the state parks, historic sites, and local shops to support small businesses and the lovely waterfronts.

Tell us about your community involvement. For example, if you volunteer, describe what you do and why.

I am the Founder and Executive Director of Divine Inspirations Inc., a local 501(c)(3) organization established for the purpose of cultivating wellness, social inclusion, and academic success for girls that are at risk, underprivileged, and fighting childhood obesity through providing access to affordable performing arts and mentorship programs.

The concept of our organization was born from my natural passion for the arts and the desire to participate in dance and arts programs as child but did not have the means or access to those opportunities. We offer three core programs: dance, MTV (music, theatre, visual arts) and most importantly our “Be Inspired!” mentorship program. I am a true believer that in order for a child to be successful in life you have to focus on the TOTAL child, that means their mind, body, and spirit. This why I am committed to providing access to affordable art education combined with mentorship.

I am living in my purpose, paying it forward to girls who are underserved in the Prince William area.

If you had to give advice to someone new to the area, what would you tell them and why?

Get involved with your local community service groups. There are many supportive communities for various interest from politics, helping the homeless (as there is a overwhelming large population of homelessness), social groups and more. It’s also a good way to meet new people that have the same interests.

Tell us about yourself in three sentences.

Long-time advocate for the at-risk, underprivileged, and youth fighting childhood obesity. Has been featured on News Channel 7 “Let’s Talk Live” with Julie Wright and News Channel 4 as a Leon Harris “Harris Hero.” Capriece is an aspiring author and motivational speaker.

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