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Dorothy Stoneman

president, YouthBuild USA

Dorothy Stoneman is founder and president of YouthBuild USA, the national support center for 226 YouthBuild programs and a leader in advocating for youth engagement in civil society. She is chairman of the National YouthBuild Coalition, with more than 1,000 member organizations in 42 states, Washington D.C., and the Virgin Islands. After joining the Civil Rights movement in 1964, and prior to founding YouthBuild USA in 1990, Stoneman lived and worked for 24 years in Harlem. She was first a teacher and then director of a community-based day care center, elementary school, community development housing corporation, community service program, and a youth employment and leadership development program. Stoneman has a bachelor's degree in history and science from Harvard University and a master's degree in early childhood education and a doctorate of humane letters from Bank Street College of Education.