A little over a year ago, the  White House created the Champions of Change program to recognize ordinary Americans across the country who are doing extraordinary work in their communities.

To celebrate the 1 year anniversary of the program, President Obama met with a few of the Champions of Change. On April 26th, 2012, Patience Lehrman was one of 12 Champions of Change alum invited to speak with President Obama about her work in promoting immigrant integration across the country.

National Project Shine Director, Patience Lehrman has come a long way from Cameroon since moving to the U.S.A in 1997.

The Cameroon American Council hosted a reception in her honor on February 16th 2013

About Patience Lehrman

Lehrman is an immigrant from Cameroon and the National Director of Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders), an immigrant integration initiative at the Inter generational Center of Temple University. SHINE partners with 18 institutions of higher learning, community-based organizations, and county and city governments across the country. SHINE engages college students and older adults to provide language and health education, citizenship and civic participation lessons to immigrant communities. Lehrman also mentors inner-city high school students, provides free meals to low-income children in the summer and serves as an election official. She holds three Masters Degrees from Temple University.

Ms. Patience Lehrman nee Patience Anong Tembe was born Batibo (Kurkuk Village) in the Northwest Region of CameroonShe attended secondary school in Batibo, GBHS Bamenda and studied African Studies and Linguistics at the University of Yaounde. She was a teacher at Cortec Bafut, BTTC Ndop, Jomatt Batibo. She met her future husband, a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon and they have 2 kids under 10 years old.

Read the White House Blog Report on the 2012 presidential award Here

Pictures Courtesy of BrinsImage & Project Shine.

A big Congratulations to the recipients of the presidential award especially our very own Ms. Lehrman! This is a one in a life time event. Thanks for flying the Green-Red-Yellow flag high.


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  1. i am so covering this sis…wanna send over info? i am excited about this and this is greatttttttttt news for us. small small we are gonna makit…

  2. Yeah…Check Cameroonian American Council page on FB…and Sylvie Bello.She's got the hook up…lol!

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