Chidinmma Egemonu is an observant young woman who seeks to improve her community daily. As an immigrant, she understands the importance of tenacity in the face of adversity, and she uses those values to encourage those around her.
Chidinmma enjoys all of the activities she participates in, but she has truly found her voice as a community leader as an ambassador for the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF), a non-profit organization committed to improving public education. She applied for the position during her junior year, hoping to depict the experiences of local public school students, such as herself, and provide a new perspective on how public education could be transformed. As an ambassador, Chidinmma has communicated with former school board members and has utilized her community engagement skills by promoting JPEF at local events. “I have become more passionate about increasing teacher retention rates in Jacksonville,” she says. “Teachers are the key to improving all communities, and I believe it is important to support them with the funds and resources they need to continue creating the leaders of tomorrow.”
Furthermore, Chidinmma follows her passions through other endeavors. She is the Vice President of Marketing for the Jacksonville Speak to Lead Gavel club, a Toastmasters-affiliated public speaking club for teenagers. She is also the Vice President of her school’s Model UN club, a member of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Advisory Council, and a recent graduate of Youth Leadership Jacksonville, a program designed to help high-school students in Northeast Florida improve their leadership skills. Additionally, Chidinmma is a freelance photographer and recently won a gold medal and a silver medal at the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.
“My mother definitely encourages me to work hard,” Chidinmma adds. By observing her mother’s diligence and leadership skills, she pushes herself to make her mother proud of all the sacrifices she has made. She hopes to continue being a leader herself by becoming a lawyer and supporting those who don’t have a voice.