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Philadelphia Youth Network President and CEO honored as White House Champion of Change


Category: PYN | Feb 26, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (February 26, 2015) – The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) President and CEO, Chekemma Fulmore-Townsend was honored by the White House today as one of nine Champions of Change selected across the United States, observing her work towards youth summer opportunities on behalf of the WorkReady Philadelphia program.

All nine honorees were selected by the White House for their leadership on investing in, operating or advocating for high-quality summer learning, meals, job opportunities, and violence prevention. 

"I am both honored and humbled to be recognized among this group of dedicated champions who strive not only in the summer, but year-round, to provide our young people across the nation with access to opportunity."

The Summer Opportunity Champions of Change include:

  • Chekemma J. Fulmore-Townsend-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Bill Hanawalt-Tacoma, Washington
  • Alec Lee-San Francisco, California
  • Victor Francisco Lopez-Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Laura Huerta Migus-Arlington, Virginia
  • Riya Rahman-Waco, Texas
  • Lauren Reilly-New York, New York
  • Olis Simmons-Oakland, California
  • Beth A. Unverzagt-Wilsonville, Oregon

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. The President's My Brother's Keeper Task Force has prioritized supporting summer learning and employment opportunities as part of its efforts to ensure all young people are reading at grade level by third grade and successfully enter the work force. Most of the individuals selected come from communities that accepted the President's My Brother's Keeper Community Challenge, and have created cradle to college and career strategies to address these and other opportunity gaps facing youth. 

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