Founder and Executive Director
Youth Action International (YAI)
As a child, Kimmie Weeks came face to face with civil war, suffering and death. He has formed partnerships and led organizations providing education in West Africa, lobbied the disarmament of child soldiers and provided healthcare and recreation supplies to children. In 1998, he released a report on the Liberian government's involvement in training child soldiers. As a result of several attempts to assassinate him, he was granted political asylum in the US, where he established Youth Action International to support families in post-war countries. In 2008, it benefited almost 150,000 people in Africa. He was awarded the 2007 Golden Brick Award, and became the youngest recipient of Liberia's highest honour, Knight Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption. He is featured in Peace in Our Lifetime as an international peacemaker. In 2008, his work was profiled as part of a series called 4REAL. In 2009, CNN's African Voices series featured his life and work. He holds a Bachelor's from Amherst College and Master's from the University of Pennsylvania. He is Executive Director of Youth Action International, and on the Board of Directors of DoSomething.