Youth Changemaker: Adejire Bademosi
Why I think it is important for Kansas government officials to operate in the light of day, rather than in secret, behind closed doors:
"Receiving national and local recognition for her efforts, Adejire is strongly committed to representing the youth voice in policymaking and inspires that same passion in others."
- The Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council
Adejire Bademosi is a rising senior at Boston College where she majors in International Studies. A Maryland Native, Adejire has been an advocate for over 13 years. Much of her experience comes from her political positions in the county, state and international levels.
In 2008, Adejire became the first African American woman elected as a student on the Howard County School Board with partial voting rights. In this capacity Adejire represented over 250,000 people. During her tenure, Adejire increased youth participation in policy committees to leverage the youth perspective, which was recognized in the 2008 April edition of TIME Magazine as one of the top 25 juniors in the world.
In 2009, Adejire ventured to Bulgaria through funding from the United States Department of State. In Bulgaria, Adejire taught students the importance of diplomacy in the 21st century. As the developer and moderator for the simulation, Adejire gained more insight into curriculum development.
In the fall of 2009, Adejire was also nominated to serve as the first Student Commissioner on the Howard County Commission for Women. In this position she joined professionals from a variety sectors to encourage the expansion of opportunities for women in Howard County.
In 2010, Adejire was recognized by the White Ribbon Alliance alongside Sarah Brown, Arianna Huffington and Donna Karan as one of 50 Young Champions for Women for her commitment to girls and women in leadership.
At Boston College, Adejire is a member of the Shaw Leadership Program, a nationally recognized four-year leadership program that incorporates service and leadership development. Adejire also participates in the Council for Women of Boston College Student Advisory Board and the Global Service and Justice Program.
In 2012, Adejire was selected to serve as an associate member of the State Farm Youth Advisory Board where she develops and implements State Farms' signature $5 million philanthropic program that empowers young people in North America to create sustainable change in their communities. Additionally, she provided consultation for the Neighborhood Assist $1 million campaign with the National Basketball Association.
In 2012 and 2013, Adejire traveled to five continents and lived in three countries where she interviewed and researched issues pertaining to the economic development of girls and women in the United States and abroad.
Since 2010, Adejire has been serving as the Executive Director of the FoundHer Program, which supports high school girls in the Boston area in financial literacy, entrepreneurism, social program development and more. She also heads the annual Taking Back the F-Word Symposium, a discussion on positive feminism.
Both programs leverage community resources and talents to empower girls and women to become leaders across sectors.
This summer, Adejire will represent the United States delegation along with 19 other leaders in Lake Seilger, Russia at a forum on youth issues and economic development.
Watch Adejire give a TEDx Talk in 2012:
"My ninth grade teacher always said, 'good writers write about what they know.' Likewise, I believe good lawmakers write laws based on what they know. But it’s difficult to accurately support a segment of people that is underrepresented in our political process," says Adejire. "I believe young people must have opportunities to lead. If not now, then when?"
"I am beyond honored and humbled to be named a Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemaker. It feels great, but it’s also a charge to continue changing our communities together. Let’s do this!"
This profile was submitted to the Top 24 Under 24 Youth Changemakers competition hosted by SparkAction and the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council to recognize young changemakers influencing policy and practice at the local, state and national levels in the U.S.
The selection of the top 24 was made by members of the Campaign and SparkAction staff. Stay tuned for more profiles of young people making a difference, or submit one of your own!