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Rhodesia Ransom is co-founder and executive director of Sow-A-Seed Community Foundation, a non-profit that offers mentoring and mental health support services to youth and seeks to improve their social, emotional, and behavioral health. She has developed innovative partnerships with local schools, public safety professionals, and businesses to provide professional development and to address a diverse array of unmet community needs for youth and families. Her efforts have connected thousands of youth with leadership training and mentorship opportunities, provided vital mental health services, and brought restorative practices and gang intervention programs into schools.
Ms. Ransom received her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and her master’s in public administration from Golden Gate University. She also holds training certifications in Restorative Practices from the International Institute of Restorative Practices and Youth Mental Health First Aid from the National Council on Behavioral Health.
As a result of her distinguished record of service to the community, the Central Valley Drum Magazine featured Rhodesia Ransom as the 2007 Grassroots Activist of the year; she received the 2011 Community Spirit Award; The Tracy Women’s Forum named her the 2012 Woman of Tracy; the Tracy African American Association awarded her their 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. image award; The Stockton Links honored her with their 2015 “Clemmie Award” for service to youth; the Stockton Branch of the NAACP awarded her their 2015 Freedom Fighter Award for service to the community; the Tracy All-City Revival honored her in March 2016 for service to the community, and the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star recognized her as a “Luminary Women of Faith” in April 2016.