Naomi’s Neighbors unofficially began in 2009 when founder Naomi learned that many of her friends were learning English as a second language and didn’t have any books at home. Back in her hometown of Kentwood, Michigan, five-year-old Naomi began her service efforts by teaching her classmates how to read and practice literacy techniques. Even then, albeit in a less articulated way, she held the belief that making education individualized and accessible was what made a difference in a child's life.
Naomi’s Neighbors plans to bring more literacy programming to the communities of Greater Grand Rapids, Western Massachusetts, and the Chicagoland area- where Naomi has witnessed the lack of resources firsthand.
The goal of Naomi's Neighbors is to not only improve upon the comprehension skills of children, but foster confidence, compassion, and a love for learning beyond the classroom.
Naomi is our leader! At just 16 years-old, she has big ambitions! Her passions include science, writing, theater, fine arts, and social justice. Naomi's future plans include going to medical school and continue her commitment as a social activist.
Naomi currently serves on the Mudlark Theater Youth Board as well as a Girl Scout Representative to the Board of Directors in Chicago. Her accomplishments also include earning two Gold Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Presidential Award through President Obama’s administration. The awards were earned through the many hours Naomi committed to community service.
Kimmie is Naomi's second-hand...and mom! Kimmie's parents were her biggest inspiration growing up and continue to motivate her every day.
She handles daily operations and connecting with charitable partners. She is a long-standing supporter of children's education. She has worked in several primary schools particularly working with the Special Education and English-Language Learner programs due to her multi-lingual skills, which include Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and English. Whether it's coaching Girls on The Run or volunteering with local robotics teams, Troop Leader for Girl Scouts, it's Kimmie's core belief that all kids deserve equal opportunities.