Mikella Hansley, an alumna of East Georgia State College, was selected as a scholarship recipient and ambassador for a Global Leadership Activism Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. She went on the trip as a college student, motivational speaker, and minister.
At the When Women Heal Global Leadership and Activism Summit, Hansley had the opportunity to speak to 50 students at the KYP school about college success and ministry. She gave them ministry shirts and bags to keep. She also shared her college success workshop and her story to an intergenerational group of women at the summit, including college students that attend Oprah Winfrey’s Academy.
“My life has been forever transformed since my venture to Johannesburg, South Africa,” said Hansley. “We all have skills and resources. A platform is a great way to share our gifts and talents. It is important to give back, educate, and enhance the lives of others by sharing our expertise and knowledge.”
Hansley said the trip was amazing and she is so glad she participated.
“My trip was awesome! I love Africa and the people were so sweet and beautiful! I tried new foods and I realized that South Africa is not how it is portrayed in the media. It is way better,” said Hansley.
Hansley is the daughter of Michael and Beatrice Hansley. Known as her parent’s “miracle baby,” she was born in Augusta, Georgia, and grew up in Swainsboro. Hansley is a Christian motivational speaker. Millennial for Christ is her online ministry that consists of YouTube, her blog, women’s group chat, and social media pages. Her ministry has reached 12,000 people and 22 nations (International ministry).
“I started it in memory of my grandmother because she instilled so many great Godly values and principles in me. It encourages millennials to live an effective lifestyle by walking in the principles of faith, wisdom, and purpose.”
She was recently featured on Inside MGA (MGSU News) as a CTAE Success Story. She said she owes her success to God and her family.
Hansley has always taken her academics serious as well.
“I have been an ‘A’ student since head start to my senior year of college. I remember winning the ‘If I Were Mayor’ contest in sixth grade,” she said. “Even then, I aspired to become a leader.”
She was an honor graduate of Swainsboro High School in 2016. While in high school, she was involved in various clubs and received numerous awards and scholarships for academic and leadership excellence. She won the Daughters of American Colonists Award, Superior Cadet Award, and various other awards.
Hansley joined JROTC and stayed active for four years. During this time, she scored highest on the physical fitness test and reached the second highest rank.
“I also had the opportunity to serve as Company Commander at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. During my high school years, I participated in the Citizens Bank Advisory Board, FCCLA, FCA, and Talent Search, as well as Vice President FBLA,” she said.
Hansley decided to attend East Georgia State College for her first two years. She received the East Georgia State College SWS scholarship, the John Black Scholarship, Service Seal of Distinction, and was nominated for the prestigious All State Georgia Academic Team Award through Phi Theta Kappa by EGSC’s President Dr. Bob Boehmer.
While at EGSC, she served on the Student Government Association for two years as both a Freshman Senator and Vice President. She was the Vice President of the Criminal Justice Club and was a Student Ambassador.
Hansley decided to further her education at Middle Georgia State University. During her time at Middle Georgia State University, she was a two-time President’s List recipient, invited to join an honor society, selected to join the National Society of Leadership and Success, and featured on Inside MGA.
Hansley graduated on December 12 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She graduated with honors and debt-free. She plans to attend law school to pursue her Juris Doctor Degree with an emphasis in copyright laws and intellectual property. She wants to find more laws to protect singers, authors, etc.