Jonah Edelman

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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