Educator and advocate, Giva Ann Wilkerson, has over 10 years of professional experience working within the public education system; more than eight of which in the Philadelphia region. A product of the Philadelphia public school system, Giva attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls, before going on to major in English Literature at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004, she traveled to the midwest, were she attended Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. While at IU, Giva studied African American and African Diaspora Studies, resulting in the completion of her Master of Arts degree. Before leaving Indiana University, she enrolled in the prestigious School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), where she studied Nonprofit Management, graduating with a second Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
After returning to Philadelphia, she has worked with organizations such as the Philadelphia Youth Network, Community College of Philadelphia and the School District of Philadelphia. Outside of her role as youth advocate, writer and speaker, she has designed and implemented academic and college and career preparatory curricula. As a trainer, Giva Ann has conducted workshops on topics varying from program design and evaluation, and student engagement, to personal and emotional health and development.
Giva is particularly dedicated to the protection and societal advancement of women and girls. She is affiliated with several women’s and girls’ organizations, such as Camp Sojourner Girls Leadership Camp, Women’s Way and Dawn’s Place. She is also a trained and practicing sexual assault counselor with Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR). In addition, Giva is social justice advocate, participating in Bread and Roses Community Fund’s first Giving Project and founding the Art & Change Collective, an organization for young professionals geared toward the promotion of diversity, equality and social justice.