YAI Staff (U.S. based)

Kimmie Weeks 
Founder and Executive Director

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Kimmie Weeks has years of experience forming partnerships and leading organizations that have provided education to thousands of students in West Africa, lobbied the disarmament of child soldiers, and provided health care and recreation supplies to children.Kimmie Weeks is the recipient of the 2007 Golden Brick Award which honors young people under 25 years old who are working to change the world. Also in 2007, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf presented Kimmie with Liberia’s highest honor by decorating him Knight Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption. Kimmie is the youngest recipient of this honor. He is also featured in the new book Peace in Our Lifetime as an international peacemaker, along with Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2008, MTV Canada and Discovery Chanel International profiled Kimmie’s work as part of a new reality series called 4REAL Kimmie Weeks received his bachelors from Amherst College and his Masters from the University of Pennsylvania.  He currently serves as Executive Director of Youth Action International. He also serves on the Board of Directors of DoSomething, and as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council.

Natsumi Ajiki
Director of Communications

 

Natsumi Ajiki

Natsumi is a former professional ballet dancer in Japan, Europe and US. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Natsumi is currently pursuing graduate studies at Maryland School of Public Policy, specializing International Development. Natsumi’s ultimate dream and ambition is the advancement and promotion of human rights and equality in the world.†Working with Mr. Pinu Chowdry of the American-Bangladeshi Scholarship Enterprise, Natsumi has helped sponsor orphans in Bangladesh who wish to gain an education. Natsumi†has also joined the former director of the American Kurdish Association, Mr. Memo Amedi, as an advocate for Kurdish cultural and human rights in Turkey.

David Jonathan Ross 
Web and Graphic Designer

David is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he studied graphic design and typography. Now living in the Boston area, neworks as a font designer. He is proud to work on booklets, pamphlets, websites and other components of Youth Action International’s visual identity.