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YWCA Women of Achievement Award 2018

The YWCA of Kalamazoo held their annual Women of Achievement Awards ceremony on May 10, 2018. Each year the ceremony honors women in the community who have demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the community, state or nation. Additionally, the YWCA also honors Young Women of Achievement, who are graduating seniors or undergraduate students who have demonstrated personal improvement while overcoming obstacles or barriers, made contributions to their school and/or community and demonstrated qualities of character that align with the mission of the YWCA.

This year the Kalamazoo Promise was honored to cheer on all the Young Women of Achievement nominees, which includes five young women who are also Promise Scholars. The Promise Scholars honored for the 2018 Young Women of Achievement are:

Jenna Bowker:

Jenna is one of eight students who organized a petition to stop gun violence, traveling to Lansing and speaking on the steps of the Capitol.  She is in the top 10% of her class, President of National Honor Society, attends Kalamazoo Area Math and Science and played varsity soccer.

Talia Edmonds:

As an athlete, Talia has been four times varsity in volleyball and basketball, and three times varsity in softball as well as team captain in three sports. She maintains a 3.98 GPA and participated in creating a petition for stronger gun control laws, traveling to and speaking at the Capitol in Lansing.

Alexia Jones:

Alexia is president of the Black Student Union at Western Michigan University, Bonding Chairman of Beautiful Black Woman, a mentor with Communities in Schools, and volunteer at Charlie’s Place. She is also a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst and intern for The Kalamazoo Promise.

Trinity Powell:

In addition to completing high school in three years with a 3.7 GPA, Trinity has opened her own business, Trin Setta’ Collection. Her resume also includes time spent volunteering at local organizations and discussing local, state, and national issues with other students and the Superintendent to voice change.

Danaequa Yarbrough:

Danaequa serves as the Academic Success Chair of the Black Student Union at Western Michigan University. She started a non-profit leadership program R.E.A.L (Real Role Models Excited About Leading) with her sister, all while double majoring in social work and public relations.