Recognizing Community Heroes: Midge Wilson

Sometimes in focusing on the problems affecting our youth today, we forget to recognize the successes, or acknowledge the heroic efforts of community members fighting every day to make things better. However, one San Francisco resident is showing us what can be accomplished with dedication and a big heart.

Midge Wilson, founder of the Bay Area Women’s and Children’s Center, has made it her mission to make sure that kids and families in the Tenderloin district and beyond have the training and resources to succeed. Through a program that facilitates supplemental education opportunities, teaches people about eating healthy, connects people with employment opportunities and organizes residents to advocate on their own behalf, Midge has touched countless lives and created an “oasis of education.”

Wilson just became a recipient of the Jefferson Award, a national honor spotlighting everyday heroes making an impact in our communities. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on the fact that with work and dedication, anyone can become a leader and beacon of hope for those who need it most.

Check out the San Francisco Chronicle profile on Midge and her great work here.


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