Wilhelmina Young



Wilhelmina Young, co-convener, is an equalizing lay member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference and local Arch Street United Methodist Church.  A self-described, spirit led activist, Wilhelmina believes that systems of oppression are interconnected and that an intersectional lens can lead to positive change.  A tireless advocate for the concerns of women, children, and the diversely-abled, and recent past chair of the local Education Committee of Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER), Wilhelmina actively supports a network of interfaith communities that advocate to achieve sacred and social justice.  She also sits on the board of the Sickle Cell Disease Association.  Wilhelmina entered public service when her youngest son started kindergarten in the same public-school program for visually impaired children that Wilhelmina attended as a visually impaired child.  Wilhelmina ran successfully to lead the school’s newly formed Home & School Association, went on to become district-wide representative for Special Education and was the first visually impaired person to be elected to the citywide Home & School Council.  At Cookman United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia, Wilhelmina facilitated several community-based ministries. She currently sits on the United Methodist district Committee on Disability Concerns and serves as conference Spiritual Growth Coordinator.