Yasmine Arrington: A Fearless Leader in the making
Yasmine is a recipient of our 2012 Linowes Leadership award, recognizing the “unsung heroes” who are working to make our community better every day.
Yasmine Arrington is a motivated young woman who leaves a lasting impression on everyone she meets. Despite the challenges that she’s faced in her life – losing her mother at a young age, and having a father who was incarcerated most of her life – Yasmine chooses to channel her energy on a positive issues and uses her personal challenges to inspire others to overcome their own difficulties. She is the founder of ScholarCHIPS (Children of Incarcerated Parents), an organization that helps alleviate the cost of college tuition for students who have a parent that is incarcerated. Her organization has raised an impressive $15,000, and has been able to award eight scholarships. Yasmine is currently a sophomore in college at Elon University, and is excelling with a 3.4 GPA. She is active in the community and has volunteered in numerous community service activities – from Teens Against the Spread of AIDS to counseling at the Positive Attitude Youth Center. She has even reached out to the youth in the neighborhood surrounding her university by serving as a host and counselor for the Cinderella Project, an information session that prepares young women from underserved backgrounds for prom and college. Simply put, Yasmine is wise beyond her years – she is an artist, a visionary, and a fearless leader who will undoubtedly do great things throughout her life in service to others.
Unfortunately Yasmine was unable to attend the 2012 Celebration of Civic Spirit, but her friend Tracy Chiles McGhee, (who was one to nominate her for this honor) was able to accept this award on her behalf.
Click the video below to watch Yasmine’s story.