Daniel Fairley II is the Youth Opportunity Coordinator focused on Black Male Achievement for the City of Charlottesville. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Richmond (UR) in 2013. While at the University of Richmond he organized community programs related to social justice and diversity. These experiences helped Daniel to realize he was passionate about in mentoring college students, assisting in their development outside of the classroom, and advocating for social justice.
Shortly after graduation, Daniel obtained an internship in the office of Admission at the University of Richmond during the Summer of 2013. After the summer, he was asked to serve as an Admission Counselor during the fall semester. In Spring 2014, Daniel accepted an internship offer to work in the Operations department of The White House. During this internship, he was able to explore his passions for civic service and engagement through active work on The White House’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This committee helped to implement auto-captioning on all visual media put out by the White House communications team, two gender inclusive restrooms on The White House grounds, and a redesigned visitors map with highlighted routes for accessibility. This experience, coupled with his undergraduate experiences led him to apply to the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration Master’s program. At UVM he worked as an Assistant Residence Director in the Department of Residential Life.
After he graduated from the University of Vermont, he accepted a position as an Area Coordinator at the University of Virginia (UVA). While at UVA, he began volunteering for the 100 Black Men of Central Virginia and facilitating for the Charlottesville Dialogue on Race. These connections with the city fostered his interest in youth development. In December 2017, Daniel accepted his current position as a Youth Opportunity Coordinator focused on Black Male Achievement for the City of Charlottesville. This position blends all of Daniel’s passions into one are and he is excited to serve his community in this capacity.
Since December 2017, Daniel has partnered with many local agencies to impact the local youth. He partnered with the Charlottesville City Youth Council, Charlottesville High School, and the Office of Human Rights to facilitate the first Youth Dialogue on Race at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center. Daniel also served as a dialogue facilitator for the documentary “I’m Not Racist…Am I?” During the summer of 2018, Daniel partnered with Clarence Green, Light House Studio, and the Community Attention Youth Internship Program to create a documentary on Changing the Narrative of Black men in our community. Daniel is currently facilitating Passport to Manhood at the Boys and Girls Club on Cherry Avenue in Charlottesville. This is is a six-week course focused on the transition from boyhood to manhood. Later in the fall, Daniel has plans to work with the incarcerated community at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail to lower recidivism rates and increase workplace readiness after incarceration.