"No child should ever sleep on the streets in America."
Simone Joye, Founder and Executive Director
Simone Joye addressing the audience after MedAssets Names her the 2014 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award Recipient. Company Recognizes Remarkable Individuals Who Has Changed Lives of Others for the Better.
Simone Joye is the Founder and Executive Director of
Young People Matter (YPM), an organization which provides positive youth development services in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Simone was born and raised in New York and established
YPM in 2007 to combat the growing sexual exploitation of girls in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
In 2011, YPM became the first federally-funded emergency youth shelter serving homeless, runaway and street youth in DeKalb County, GA (a suburb of Atlanta). YPM has become one of the leading agencies dedicated to helping youth-in-crisis.
In 2010, to bring more awareness to homeless children in DeKalb County, Simone ran for the Georgia General Assembly in District 88 and secured nearly 30% of the votes. Simone has dedicated herself to bringing awareness and helping what she calls, “America’s hidden children. ”
Simone’s career began in journalism where she worked at The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones & Co. and the City Sun newspaper (Brooklyn). She has also served on the board of directors of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Simone left journalism to join the nonprofit sector where she shrives to enhance the quality of life for young people and families who have been traditionally underserved.
Simone is a visionary, charismatic, social entrepreneur with a long history as an advocate for youth and families in economically impoverished communities in Atlanta, New Jersey, and New York City. Simone has held senior leadership positions in several nonprofits including the YWCA of the
City of New York, the Universal Federation for the Preservation of Hip Hop Culture, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark.
Simone began the first minority-owned grant writing firm in New Jersey, AllWrite Communications, whose clients have included PSE&G, the Rosa Parks Foundation, Radio One Atlanta, the DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce, the government of Ghana, and Hip Hop Pioneers Kurtis Blow, Kool DJ Red Alert, among others. For several years, she served as a case reviewer for the DeKalb County Juvenile Court helping to place youth who had been removed out of their homes by the state’s child welfare agency.
Simone is a former federal grant reviewer for the US Elections Commission. Simone has been quoted and/or featured in a number of media outlets including Black Enterprise, CBS Atlanta, Newsweek, SCLC Magazine, the Newark Star Ledger, the Atlanta Voice, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Champion News, Stone Mountain-Redan atch, Ghana Newsonline and on countless radio shows.
Simone is a proud recipient of numerous awards for her work including the 2015 Humanitarian Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the 2014 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award (MedAssets), a Special Congressional Recognition for her invaluable service to Congressional District No. 4, the Be Greater Award from the Atlanta Hawks and Suntrust, the Thomas C. Wilson Youth Services Award from the NAACP-DeKalb County Chapter and Woman of the Year by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.
Simone is an Advisory Board Member for the Roddy White Foundation. Simone, a divorced mother of two, has a bachelor’s degree in communications from
Hunter College of the City of New York.