LaQuinta Harkless, a pioneer of her generation, is the founding director of the award-winning nonprofit youth mentoring program Beyond the Surface. A proud native of Prince George’s County, she learned at an early age what it means to “serve your community.” Graduating from Hampton University, Harkless was inspired to be the change she wanted to see in the world. LaQuinta gives back to her immediate community by serving her high school alma mater as a cheerleading coach and mentoring nearly 50 young girls annually. Always striving to provide a greater impact, she has partnered with area schools to conduct the yearlong community service project “Give More Thanks.” She encourages youth to aim above their potential and live their dreams. Her future hope is to have an international impact. To join in her efforts or to learn more, please visit www.beyondthesurface.org.