by E. Johnson Cooper
What. A. Day. For. African American. Millennials!
Following the momentous occasion of yesterday, it would be so fitting that today two outstanding black millennials have come across our radar! I’ve been scrambling between ghcats and emails to write this post and I’m super excited to introduce you to Kyle Bacon and Olivia Stinson!
Kyle Bacon, 32
I had a second to catch up with Kyle this morning and here’s what he had to say about his honor:
“It is truly humbling. I had no idea this type of award even existed. By the time I found out someone nominated me and that I would be receiving this, everything all just happened so fast.
This is bigger than just me. My grandmother was on the front lines of desegregating public schools [in Ohio]. She didn’t do it for recognition but she made a way for her grand baby- me- whom she had yet to meet.
This is an opportunity to accept recognition on behalf of all of the educators and those who work every day educating our students.”
Log on today at 4:30pm to watch Kyle receive his award with the rest of the Champions of Change Honorees. www.whitehouse.gov/live
Kyle’s bio: Kyle Bacon is an entrepreneur committed to youth development and community service. As Mentor Program Coordinator of the U.S. Dream Academy learning center in Washington, D.C., Kyle uses his skills in business and education for development, program creation, and intervention efforts. Kyle’s passion for helping at-risk youth was inspired by his family, especially his parents, a community leader and an educator. Kyle has served public and independent schools in Ohio, Maryland and in D.C., and he has been effective in significantly improving students’ academic skills. Kyle is a proud alumnus of the Howard University School of Business, where he earned a Bachelor degree in Business Administration in International Marketing. He is active in community and philanthropic organizations, including Capital Cause, and a men’s life-enrichment group through his church relationships. [Source: THE WHITE HOUSE Office of Communications] Read the entire press release
Olivia Stinson, 19
At the ripe old age of 13, Ms. Olivia started to change the world, beginning with her own community. In a recent EBONY.com article Olivia is featured in, writer Brooke Obie explains,”With the help of her mother and her church, Olivia started the PEN Pals Book Club and Support Group for Children of Incarcerated Parents to provide mentoring, education and community service opportunities for children.” Today as a student at Winston Salem State University, Olivia continues to pour into the lives of the young children she is so passionate about. She meets with the young people once a month providing support and uplift so they will not go down the same road as their parents. PEN Pals recently received a $10,000 grant from AOL/PBS series MAKERS: Women Who Make America so her program can flourish and touch many more lives.
Read the entire EBONY.com article >>>
We stand with you Olivia! You go girl!
Catch Olivia tonight on PBS’ MAKERS tonight at 8pm. Check your local listing for exact times.