I am Debra Salters, a Newark native, born and bred. From preschool until the fourth grade, I attended Belmont Runyon. From there, Hudson St. School, Miller St., Louise A. Spencer, and I graduated from Malcolm X Shabazz High School.

​For post-secondary education, I studied Computer Science at Montclair State University, as well as receiving degrees in Electronic Technology from Devry Institute of Technology, and in General Science from Essex County College.

I am currently receiving my B.S. in Geological Science from Rutgers University.

​I am a Partner with the Shani Baraka Resource Women’s Center, a CPR Instructor with the AHA, and a volunteer host of events in this city where I live, work, and call home.

​Coaching softball for the Blazinyouth Academy with the Babe Ruth league allowed me to teach, groom, and nurture our young girls in the fundamentals of softball and beyond.

​Most importantly, I have had the pleasure of mentoring and developing at-risk and disadvantaged youth to become leaders in their community and more.

Preventing juvenile delinquency and pregnancy through our sports and health programs continue to enrich the lives of these young women.

​This city means more to me than you will ever know, and I have been making a difference here my entire life; from my community activism to saving lives.

​Hattie Walker is not only my mother, but also the wonderful person I have acquired my sense of community service from. She was one of the first Black persons to own her own home in the Southward; a place where I grew up with my seven siblings. You could have called her the “Resource Center” for our community!

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