Jordyn Hudson

2021 - ALABAMA

Jordyn Hudson is a senior at Indian Springs School, located in Birmingham, Alabama. Committed to rolling up her sleeves and making a difference, she has dedicated her life beyond academics to political, diversity and philanthropic work – including serving in leadership roles with Youth Serve Birmingham, Youth Philanthropy Council, Alabama Youth Legislature, Indian Springs Student Government and Student Ambassador Program, Mock Trial, Heritage Panel and Black Student Caucus. Knowing that racial and social inequities needed to be addressed on the campus of her school, she developed a proposal to create the institution's first diversity and inclusion initiative. This year, her diversity and inclusion initiative was adopted by the institution and incorporated (1) an annual student orientation on race, (2) the establishment of affinity spaces, (3) bi-monthly diversity symposiums, and (4) the creation of a cultural society. Significant moments in 2020 — especially the senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery — caused Jordyn to elevate her work and focus on social activism targeting racial injustice. To that end, she launched Shape the Culture (www.shapethecultureco.com), a social impact company that created a digital platform to highlight the good work young persons of color are doing to impact and move the country forward. As a part of her work with the company, she recently produced and directed a documentary film, "Shape the Culture: Then and Now," which looks at how young people have impacted the fight for equality. The film will premiere in the summer of 2021. Through her work with Shape the Culture, Jordyn has tackled difficult subjects like the impact of racial injustice on the mental health of young people and the effects of race on justice in America with attorney Benjamin Crump. Last summer, Shape the Culture hosted the "Be the Change" Unity Rally in the same park where children in the 1960's marched for justice and equality in Birmingham. In the fall, Jordyn will be attending Spelman College, where she plans to continue her education and her role as founder and CEO of Shape the Culture, which will be expanding its projects and programs nationwide.