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Andrea Drayton


Andrea Anita Drayton was born June 8, 1968 in Charleston, SC. She is a wife and mother of three children. The late Deonka Drayton, Shepherd Drayton III, and Alexia Drayton. She is a nurse of 32 years, wife of Shepherd Drayton Jr, also of 32 years. She is also the CEO of 3D Initiative, a Non-Profit Charity, in honor of her daughter Deonka. From a very young age, Andrea was known for her independent mindset and feisty personality.  In hopes of continuing Deonka’s legacy, Andrea created the 3D Initiative, which alliterated her eldest daughter’s initials. From a young girl, Deonka always navigated towards individuals who felt as though they were ostracized or unaccepted, and tried her best to make those individuals feel welcomed and safe.  As a foundation, our primary goal to rebuild bridges that are often broken or nonexistent for youth that feel powerless or unheard.