Meet the Team
Urgent 365, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2016 by three Philadelphia creatives. The team works to push communities of color forward through programming and resource distribution centered around community, healing, education and empowerment.
Jasmine "Mizz Jasz" Hawkins
Jasmine “Mizz Jasz” Hawkins is an educator, writer, and community organizer serving as president and co-founder of the non-profit Urgent 365 Inc, an organization derived from her poetry chapbook Urgent Conversations: Race, Reality, and Responsibility. With a decade of experience as an inner-city high school teacher, education, empowerment, and faith are intertwined in every thread of Jasmine’s work. She uses writing-centered programming to help Black youth and young adults unpack and uproot unhealthy habits, narratives, and mindsets in order to reach their God-given potential. Recognized for her art-based community endeavors, Jasmine is the recipient of the 2020 Bartol Foundation Micro-Grant and the Leeway Foundation 2020 Art and Change Grant. Her writing is featured in Mogul Millennial and The Dreamer’s Anthology, and a 40-day devotional is forthcoming.
Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Thomas Horsey has always had a creative and giving spirit and currently holds the role as Vice President of URGENT. He began modeling in 2010 and since then has dedicated himself to using his photos as a medium for challenging toxic masculinity, misogynoir, and the outdated ideas around gender in society. He has two associate degrees in Liberal Arts and Social Behavior as well as a bachelors degree in Psychology. He uses the knowledge gained while pursuing his degrees to enhance his role as a community activist and life coach in the Philadelphia area.
Enoch the Poet
Executive Secretary/Artistic Director
Enoch is a poet, author, and teaching artist born and raised on the Northside of Wilmington, DE. His work examines the process of healing and the ways that trauma and mental health move through a family, as well as the outside forces that affect or have affected these developments. His goal is to create written works, curriculum, and platforms that deepen our emotional understanding and its cyclical relation to the conditions acting on the Black mind, body, and spirit. Enoch is the 2017 Philadelphia Fuze Grand Slam Champion and the author of two poetry collections, “The Guide to Drowning” released in 2017 and “Burned at the Roots” released in 2020. Enoch operates as the creative director of Urgent 365, Inc, a non-profit working to close the opportunity gap for Black and Brown youth striving for personal and professional growth in Philadelphia, as well as the Executive Editor and founder of Black Minds Publishing, LLC, a national publications platform centered around the personal and professional growth of artists and creatives of the Black diaspora.
Dr. Ghynecee Temple is a licensed and practicing psychologist within the Philadelphia community. She has been in the field since 2013 and has extensive experience working with individuals, organizations, and communities. She is particularly passionate about helping others recognize and cultivate the tools they possess to overcome adversity and live a healthier life. Dr. Temple has translated this passion of service to others through her professional activities, personal projects, and as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Dr. Temple is continuously looking for creative avenues to bring her passion for wellbeing to others and has launched her own YouTube channel “Dr Ghynny From The Block,” to discuss mental health and other topics pertaining to well-being. She utilizes therapy, consultation, teaching, and outreach as her tools to help others.
Board of Directors Member
Evangeline was born and raised in Pittsburgh before calling Philadelphia her home in 2011. Over the course of her ten years in Philadelphia, Evangeline has dedicated herself to community advocacy with her work at a neighborhood high school as a special education teacher and leader. Through her community partnerships and volunteering, she’s supported initiatives for neighborhood food pantries in order to feed over 500 families in the Nicetown-Tioga area of Philadelphia.
Board of Directors Member
Joana Plazas is a Maryland born, First Generation Colombiana that transplanted to Philadelphia in 2005. She is a member of Lambda Theta Alpha, Latin Sorority, Inc. and possesses a Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus on Human Resource Management from Temple University and possesses a Masters in Health Administration from St. Joseph's University. Joana previously served as a Board member for the Pennsylvania Area of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. for three years focusing on recruitment and stabilizing undergraduate chapters and she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE). She has almost ten years of experience in Health Administration currently working to improve the environment of her current campus, focusing her efforts on improving patient experience as well as colleague engagement. She is a strong advocate for health equity to underserved communities and believes in paying it forward by participating in various mentorship programs through NAHSE and Minds Matter.
Board of Directors Member
Janet Waema is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and a VCU graduate with a bachelor's degree in Community Health. Having worked in the community development field for the past 10 years, she's partnered with various organizations such as the NAACP, the National Baptist Convention Health Outreach and Prevention Education Initiative, and the National Urban League just to name a few. She has played an instrumental role in providing effective change and healthy lifestyle development to at-risk communities through work with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the office of the Illinois Secretary of State, Jess WhiteÂ and the Chicago Health Department.