Blessyn Nkrumah


Blessyn Nkrumah, a Ghanaian American senior at Valor College Prep High School in Nashville, Tennessee, is actively engaged in promoting civic participation and supporting children's rights. During the last election cycle, she served as a voter engagement coordinator for the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. In this role, Blessyn was hired alongside other community members to increase civic engagement among immigrant communities in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis. Through door-to-door canvassing, voter registration events and text and phone banking, she interacted with thousands of individuals across the state, informing them of their rights and the influence they had on Tennessee's political climate, particularly with the state having one of the lowest voter turnouts in the country. Blessyn's commitment to community service also led her to found her school's United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) club, which provided her high school and local community with opportunities to learn about and support the rights of children in underdeveloped countries. In partnership with local homeless shelters, she organized donation drives to address period poverty and climate change in her community. Additionally, Blessyn took an international approach in organizing a book drive for children in Ghana, West Africa, to fulfill UNICEF's mission of ensuring every child's fundamental right to live. As a minority student, she is driven by the belief that individuals have the power to shape their own narratives. By using her own story to inspire positive change, she aims to plant seeds of inclusivity that will continue to grow.