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Featured Member – The Eden Rose Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Mykah Montgomery

Mykah Montgomery is a passionate and compassionate advocate for children’s literacy and anti-bullying; a published author and recording artist, seeking to see our children thrive.

Over the past several years, Montgomery has worked tirelessly to educate and motivate youth in Oakland through literacy and positive activities that reinforce good behavior as alternatives to violence—both physical and verbal.

April 3 was declared "Mykah Montgomery Day" in the City of Oakland by the Honorable Elizabeth “Libby” Schaaf. Mykah was presented a  proclamation for the work spearheaded by her “Gift of Reading” campaign that donated hundreds of books to children in the SF/Oakland Bay Area.  The “Gift of Reading” campaign puts books in the hands of children in our communities that: promote a love for reading, a love for self and others (to help eradicate bullying), and entrepreneurship.

Statistics suggest that one out of four kids is bullied.  Statistics also suggest that young males in our urban communities who do not read by 3rd grade are more likely to pursue lifestyles that lead to prison sentences.

It is our pleasure to share with you that Mykah will receive a Jefferson Award for public service in January 2019.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation was created in 1972 by the American Institute for Public Service. The Jefferson Awards are given at both national and local levels. Local winners are ordinary people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition. Local winners come from national networks of "Media Partners" and "Corporate Champions".

The Jefferson Awards were founded by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Robert Taft, Jr., and Samuel Beard. Website www.jeffersonawards.org