Whose Behind the Crown
Dameyonna Willis 27, the Founder of Queen IAM, Queen IAM is a Girl Empowerment Organization founded in 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dameyonna education and professional background includes Associate of Arts from Cuyahoga Community College, as well a Bachelors in Non-Profit Administration from Cleveland State University. Seen on Spectrum News, Channel Three, Channel Five and 19 Action News. She is a Graduate of Neighborhood Leadership Development Program. Recently awarded the Young Adult Philanthropist Honoree from Cleveland Soul of Philanthropy. She has a Live Exhibit of her contributions and efforts to the community located in the main branch Cleveland Public Library.
Dameyonna am a busy but balance mommy to two small children. She loves spending time with my family and creating memories.
Queen IAM goals are to expose young ladies to future possibilities. While still supporting and guiding young queens through the daily challenges of being a young lady. Dameyonna’s journey started off as providing programming in the different communities in libraries and rec centers all over Cleveland. While traveling to various schools and youth organizations interacting and engaging with young girls. Creating curriculum and activities to teach young queens all about self-love. Building long lasting relationships while teaching young queens the importance of their crown. We have created safe spaces for many girls to bond and create sisterhood. We work extremely hard to expose our young queens to opportunities to grow social and emotionally such as our highlight on self-love. Self-respect and self-understanding. We use our tools and resources to then connect them to areas of College and Career Readiness, Health and Wellness, Financial Literacy, Community Service.
Queen IAM has grew bigger than she ever imagines, from recreation centers to large auditorium filled with 100’s of girls. Something that makes Queen IAM different is us consistently in the community. Despite the Pandemic, Queen IAM decided to transition are in person programming into a virtual space, Queen in Quarantine was born. This project is ongoing, and the current schedule is twice a month a different workshop is held. The workshops include the opportunities to connected with local women focused business that share their skills from Zumba, Sewing and Upcycling. We created ways to be creative and engaged with the young queens in our community. We provided interactive and hand on projects for the young queens to participate in with creating a safe space for them to build sisterhoods and thrive with self-development.