Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2007
This description of Jonah Edelman's work was prepared when Jonah Edelman was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
Jonah Edelman is creating a voice for the silent among us—children—by enabling citizen leaders to help children get the excellent public education and support they need to thrive. Framing child advocacy as a 21st century civil rights issue, Jonah aims to create an independent, non-partisan voice for children. He teaches members to understand the dynamics of political power, training them to elect pro-children legislators; initiate and pass statewide ballot measures to meet children’s needs; and press elected leaders and the electorate to invest in children.
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