Magnolia Mothers Program Continues to Lead by Example in the National News

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Joe Wishcamper learned early in his career that many of the lowest income residents are often caught in generational beliefs and behaviors reinforced by systemic and institutional racism that prevented them from improving their lives. In 2012 Joe and his wife Carol founded Springboard to Opportunities (“Springboard”) in Jackson, Mississippi with the intention of changing these patterns and improving resident lives and their socioeconomic circumstances. Eight years later, Springboard now serves 11 apartment communities in Mississippi, Alabama, and Maryland (owned by the principals of Wishcamper), with a total of 4,500 residents. Springboard’s CEO is Aisha Nyandoro, an impressive and visionary leader who has gained wide recognition for the work of Springboard. A native of Jackson, since becoming CEO she has been an Ascend Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a Community Leadership Network Fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. A significant program of Springboard today is The Magnolia Mother’s Trust, which provides a guaranteed basic income to  single-parent families for the coming year.