Adeola (meaning “crown of honor” in Yoruba) has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and consulting, which includes a wealth of experience working with young people and communities of color. She is the former executive director of Youth In Action, a youth-driven nonprofit based in Providence, RI that supports young people to create social change in their schools and communities. She has recently moved on from that position after 11 amazing years of working and growing with the organization. Like the young people Youth In Action supports, Adeola grew up in a working class, primarily immigrant neighborhood in Providence. At the age of 22 she was the youngest person to ever serve on the Providence School Board, where for three years she worked to ensure that both youth and community members had a stronger voice in school policy.
Adeola now lives in the Elmwood neighborhood of Providence. With such deep roots in the city she works, Adeola is truly dedicated to every aspect of youth and community development in Providence—and cities like it across the country. She currently teaches a gender and justice seminar at Sophia Academy and works as an independent organizational development consultant in support of social justice-oriented nonprofits, schools, and institutions throughout New England. She volunteers with the Free Minds Free People national education conference; serves on the Brown University President’s Diversity Advisory Council; has served as a board member at the Women’s Fund of RI and AS220; and received the RI Women of Achievement Award in 2012, the Diversity and Inclusion Professionals Award in 2014, and the Providence Journal’s John Kiffney Award for Public Service in 2014.