Joyce Ameedah Madyun is Founder and Executive Director of Youth Organizations United to Rise (YOUR Community Center, Inc.) a non-profit organization located in the Petworth Community of Northwest Washington, DC.
Founded in 1997, YOUR’s mission is to enhance family and community life by providing services aimed at enriching the lives of school-aged children, teens and young adults. The organization promotes student development during out of school time to assist urban learners and bridges the digital divide using a state of the arts computer lab. The facility provides a homework center and an environment that builds self-esteem and confidence in the classroom. Since its incorporation in 1997, YOUR has served over 1,000 students in the before and after care program and Camp-On-The-Go, teen center, A Leadership Program for Adolescent Girls, and NovelTeens Ink Journalism program.
Prior to founding YOUR., Mrs. Madyun worked in the DC Public School System’s Special Education Program, founded the West Enrichment Center (a before and after school program), served on the executive board of the PTA and was the community representative for the Local School Restructuring Team (LSRT). Her volunteer involvement with DC Public Schools spans over 20 years. She served two (2) years on the executive board of American International School of Bamako (AISB) in Bamako, Republic of Mali, West Africa. During that time, the AISB board established and implemented employment procedures and directed and completed the construction of a new school building.
Her marriage to T. Qaadir Madyun of 38 years has produced five children which include three sons and two daughters. Mrs. Madyun is a proud grandmother of four grandsons and two granddaughters.
In February 1996, the family was featured in the Washington Post’s Metro section article, “Ramadan: A Family and Fasting” and the Community Center was featured on Fox 5 News, November 19, 2000 for its contributions to the community. She is listed in the National Register’s Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals 2001 edition. Throughout the years of devoting time to the community, Mrs. Madyun has been recognized for her outstanding community service. In 2008, she received the Questers’ Award in addition to receiving several other awards throughout the years such as the All Star Award by Levi, Hechts and the Washington Post Mayor’s Community Service Award. She was also featured on Comcast TV Channel 35 for her community service and featured in an episode of the TV show Helping Hands. Most recently, Mrs. Madyun was selected and recognized nationally by Ebony Magazine in association with Pine Sol as an Unsung Hero for her dedication and commitment to youth in the community. She was featured in the December 2009 issue of Ebony. Featured in the 2010 Who’s Who in Black Washington, DC, Mrs. Madyun was recognized with the “Community Leader Award” from Ward 4 Advisory Neighborhood Commission.
YOUR Community Center has grown from the before/after care center serving students in elementary school to a robust resource providing career exploration, leadership and mentoring, LifeIssues and abstinence training for our high school population.