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From Emily, Founder and Executive Director of Charleston Hope:

One of my most cherished memories is our very first Adopt a Classroom in 2011. I remember wrapping 40 toys for students and feeling so excited that I was going to make a difference that year. Little did I know that moment was going to begin this journey of Charleston Hope and the dedication to empowering students & teachers on a daily basis. 

This past year was our first year of running with this mission full-time. As we spent countless hours with school administration and teachers asking what their needs were, where the gaps lie, and how we could meet the needs- we began to find our place. We began to create something meaningful.

Our mission is focused on intentionality, relationships, and empowerment. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, any child, and we are committed to being a part of that village. We will always put relationships first and will continue to center all that we do on the belief that relationships, not programs or events, changes lives. 

The success and impact of our organization is because of, and dedicated to our faithful supporters, our passionate teachers, and our inspiring students. I thank you for your generosity and investment in the next generation; I believe your investment is truly changing the future of those we serve. There is much more work to be done and I invite you to join our mission and take action in serving your local community today!

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Speaker info

Emily Kerr speaks to organizations about the difficult journey of creating a non-profit, including personal trials she endured and the road to recovery and eventual success. She shares stories of teamwork, servant leadership and how she found a way during difficult circumstances. She also shares vision and insight into being a young leader and what it looks like to "find yourself by loosing yourself in the service of others"- despite your age. 

Some of Emily's previous and current speaking engagements include:

  • 2018 Boeing Women in Leadership Day Key Note Panelist
  • National Jefferson Awards, Washington, D.C
  • Charleston County School District Teacher of the Year Banquet Key Note Speaker
  • Jefferson Award's Student in Action Key Note Speaker
  • Seacoast Church
  • North Charleston Networking Events
  • Awaken Church LOVE Week Presentation
  • School of the Arts Community Service Banquet Key Note Speaker
  • Northwood Academy Elementary School Chapel


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