Introducing Kwame Gyamfi, our Lincoln Northeast CLC leader

The writer, coach, and student advocate moved into the Rocket CLC role this month.

Kwame Gyamfi is the new school community coordinator at Civic Nebraska’s Community Learning Center at Lincoln Northeast High School. Kwame, whose experience and expertise range from athletics to art to student advocacy, began in the role on Sept. 11.
Kwame Gyamfi
 As Northeast’s school community coordinator, Kwame creates effective and durable programs for the teens who participate in the Rocket CLC, one of six community learning centers run by Civic Nebraska.
He partners with Civic Nebraska’s programs manager and director of Youth Civic Leadership Programs to plan, schedule, and direct daily routines, activities, and operations at Northeast.
Kwame also maintains relationships and partnerships with community-based organizations, Lincoln Public Schools staff, and neighborhood residents who support the goals of the CLC.
Kwame, a Virginia native, has served in many roles in his two decades in Nebraska, which includes 16 years in public education. He’s an award-winning writer; a historian; a facilitator for equity, inclusion, and diversity; an artist; and a business owner. Kwame has worked with Lincoln Public Schools since 2008, including as an equity, inclusion, and diversity facilitator and student advocate at Northeast.
He also has nearly two decades of experience coaching football at the youth through college levels. Kwame has published articles about coaching on Kwame also specializes in African history and culture; his work of short fiction “Black Violas” was honored with the Grand Prize for Prose by Illuminations magazine in 2014. Kwame is working toward a degree in educational leadership and administration from Doane University.
Kwame lives in Lincoln with his wife, Melissa, and their six children. In his spare time, he likes to draw, read, and, as a self-described foodie, eat. Help us welcome Kwame to Civic Nebraska and (to a new role at) Lincoln Northeast! He’s at

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