Y.E.S. Women believes in helping other young women enhance themselves through our mentorship programs, leadership opportunities, and wonderful fellowship. Becoming apart of this organization allows you to connect with others who are likeminded. This organization prepares our youth for womanhood by providing them with necessary real life skills. We believe in helping all young women seek proper guidance through mentorship, selfless attitudes through service, and respectful mindsets through sacred lifestyles. Become a member of Y.E.S. today!
Yasmin Racquel Cunningham is the Founder of Y.E.S. Women. Yasmin is a
native of New Orleans, Louisiana, born September 23, 1992. She is the daughter of
Rosemary Greenwood and Don Cunningham and the baby sister of Jasmine Cunningham. She completed her
undergraduate studies at The University of Southern Mississippi and attained a
Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Latin. Yasmin is currently pursing
a Juris Doctorate at Mississippi College School of Law. One of her goals has always been
to help others. As a young child, Yasmin remained involved with her community, church,
and school and also sought diligently to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
As a Katrina victim, Yasmin discovered what it meant to be without. She experienced losing her home, friends, and being separated from her family members. This inspired her to develop a passion for helping other young women find their purpose. After Katrina, Yasmin relocated to Jackson, Mississippi where she began her work with young women, encouraging them and mentoring them to mature throughout their journeys. Yasmin often asked God to reveal her destiny; however, that did not come without Him showing her the struggle to get there.
Yasmin developed a passion for helping other young women grow. This inspired her to create Y.E.S. Women, a nonprofit organization for young women who want to connect, find a niche where they can discover their passions, and obtain necessary skills to further their education. As a Y.E.S. Woman, Yasmin wants to encourage all women to find their inner beauty, be unique, and cultivate their minds.
India Mariah Sprinkle is a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi -- -a small, quaint city
surrounded by even smaller cities. Born on the eighth (8 th ) of December in 1992, she grew up as
an only child of her mother, Angela Carpenter, Esq., and the oldest of four from her father,
Patrick Sprinkle. She completed four years at the University of Southern Mississippi as an
undergraduate student and attained a bachelor’s degree as a Criminal Justice major, minoring
in Sociology. India currently attends Mississippi College School of Law and is in the process of
obtaining a Juris Doctorate. Aside from raising a family one day, one of her main goals is to
become an attorney and assist in bringing justice to her community in any way that she can.
With the exception of being born a rambunctious, nearly 8-lb baby, India had always been a small, quiet girl. As a matter of fact, as “in the shadows” as she appeared to be, it was likely difficult for outsiders to recognize that she had a passion for anything. But as quickly as she began to understand who she was, India developed passions that she locked deep in her heart. And as she began battling the pressures of womanhood, one of those passions became helping women.
India is a Y.E.S. woman because, as a woman herself, she desires to ensure that the lives of women are secure, confident, and strong. She understands how fragile the upbringing of a woman in today’s society can be and through persistence and care, India has vowed to help women understand their value. She prides herself in her Christian values. She has struggled with and tremendously overcame trials and insecurities –which has ignited a passion in her to help other women do the same.
Jameka Nicole Grigsby, born on September 2, 1988 in Port Gibson, MS is currently a PhD student pursuing
a degree in Environmental Science at Jackson State University which is where she also received her Bachelors
in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2010 and her Masters in Biology in 2012.
She is an active member of various organizations including National Honor Society, Biology Student Government Association, Graduate Student Government Association, Pre-Health Society, and Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society. She has been a recipient of highly esteemed federal grants and fellowships during her college matriculation including Delta Sigma Theta Academic Scholarship, Louis Stokes Mississippi Alliance for Minority Participation (LSMAMP) Bridges to the Doctorate Program Fellowship, and Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Research Grant which has aided her greatly in her journey into higher education.
It was during this time Jameka saw the necessity in developing more opportunities and support systems to young women seeking to achieve greater in life. Her passion caused her to devote considerable effort and energy to the development and success of Y.E.S Women Inc. Y.E.S’s primary mission and purpose is to inspire and encourage all women to say Y.E.S to being young, educated, and sacred. Jameka came into partnership with a foundation that can profoundly serve critical aspects such as mentorship, fellowship, and community service for the enhancement of all women.
Anna Francis, born on August 21, 1991, in Jackson, Mississippi, is an Associate Producer at WLBT. Francis graduated
from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with a B.A. degree in Mass Communication and
Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. While there, she served as Public Relations Director for some of
the Universities biggest student groups, such as, the Student Government Association and the Afro-American Student
Organization. The youngest of four children was the first-generation college graduate as well as the first-generation
member of a sorority. Growing up with parents born in the 1930s, Francis had to learn to be strong for herself as well
as her Mother at a very young age. It helped her social skills dramatically, as she was always adorned the “wittiest”
or the “social butterfly” in school.
She has a passion for tasteful, sophisticated fashion, hair, and has even had a hand in make-up artistry while working for Sephora. Francis enjoys producing local stories about diverse communities. She hopes to one day work for a television network and help motivate young girls and women that are body conscious. She worked at Southern Miss Radio (WUSM 88.5 FM) as both a Producer and a Host. Francis also acted as a freelance writer for entertainment news website, The Reel Network and general news outlet, The Red Diamond Report. She is no stranger to exceeding expectations and lives by the mentality that she is not just a product of her environment, but a working improvement.
Anna is a Y.E.S. Woman because she believes in the true value of a woman. As a plus-size young lady, she has overcome the constant body shaming in today’s society and knows that women are beautiful at every size. She is dedicated to ensuring that young girls value themselves from the inside out and make every effort to become the best possible versions of their self.