May: Eve Nerima
Originally from Kenya, Eve Nerima is an 18-year-old high school senior in Euless, Texas, who has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping those most in need since she was a child. As a young girl in Kenya, she was inspired to take action when she saw firsthand how a lack of access to food, like school lunches, contributed to high dropout rates in her homeland. At the time, her mother was the senior principal at school; and with her help, Nerima was able to recruit organizations to provide affordable meals to less fortunate students.
Since then, Nerima has channeled her energies into helping children across the globe through the Junior World Affairs Council (JWAC) of Dallas/Forth Worth. As chapter president, she has organized food drives to benefit children in Kenya, collected clothing to donate to homeless kids in the U.S. and abroad, and coordinated various other fundraising efforts that have helped raise the profile of children's issues. This past fall, Nerima led a group from JWAC that hosted three marathon events which raised money for the Save the Children Foundation and brought awareness to the needs of children worldwide.
In April 2014, Nerima was one of five teens from the JWAC to attend Save the Children's annual Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., where she learned about and developed important leadership skills needed to help influence policymakers at every level. She continues to help Save the Children in its fundraising efforts to support programs that give kids throughout the world a chance to survive and thrive.
This fall, Nerima will attend the University of North Texas and plans to study international accounting with a goal of traveling the world and using her education to help others.
Check out our exclusive interview with Eve here!