Yeme Thomas

Child Care Organizer

Why do you to this work?

Nelson Mandela said, " Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." As a first generation American, I have seen first hand how education can be the the catalyst to progression and upward mobility. As a childcare organizer, I am afforded the opportunity to combine my passions of early childhood education and non-profit work. There are many studies that illustrate the importance of early learning and how access directly relates to adult achievement. Strengthening the early learning field is imperative to making economic, systemic, and social change in my state.

How has this work changed you?

This work has made me more politically aware. I am very optimistic and excited to facilitate a shift in the political landscape of my state. I have recognized the role of community organizing as it relates to developing and altering legislative agendas.

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with anyone I would choose Nelson Mandela. First of all, he is my grandfather in my head. He is so full of wisdom and has endured so much. When he died, I felt like the world lost a true visionary. For Mandela to spend 27 years in prison and emerge as president of his country and become a revered public figure is so amazing. He possesses so many qualities I admire such as humility. compassion, and perseverance. I would soak up as much wisdom as possible.


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