Kimmie Weeks

Executive Director,
Youth Action International

Kimmie Weeks has worked to alleviate poverty and human suffering in Africa and around the world since he was fourteen years old. Mr. Weeks was born in Liberia in 1981. When he was nine, Mr. Weeks came face to face with civil war, human suffering, and death. Over the years, Mr. Weeks has formed partnerships and led organizations that have provided education to thousands of students in West Africa, lobbied the disarmament of over 20,000 child soldiers, and provided health care and recreation supplies to children. In 1998 Mr. Weeks investigated and released a groundbreaking report on the Liberian government’s involvement in the training of children as soldiers. As a result, former Liberian President Charles Taylor made several attempts to assassinate him until he fled Liberia and was granted political asylum in the United States. Today, a graduate of Amherst College, Mr. Weeks is working towards building a movement to positively change the face of Africa. His goal and emphasis focus on empowering the people, providing new opportunities, creating strategic development partnerships for Africa and using technology to link Africa with the rest of the world. He currently serves as Executive Director of Youth Action International, a nonprofit organization working to support the needs of people in six post-war African countries. Mr. Weeks is the recipient of the 2007 Golden Brick Award which honors young people under twenty-five who are working to change the world. Also in 2007, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf presented Mr. Weeks with Liberia’s highest honor by decorating him Knight Grand Commander in the Humane Order of African Redemption. Kimmie is the youngest recipient of this honor. He is also featured in the new book, Peace in Our Lifetime, as an international peacemaker, along with Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2008, MTV Canada and Discovery Chanel International profiled Mr. Weeks’s work as part of a new reality series called 4REAL.