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Help YOUR Community Champion

There is only one thing as good as making a difference in your community – helping your community champion who goes above and beyond to inspire and make lives better. Royal Neighbors members have a unique opportunity to support local community champions by nominating them for a Nation of NeighborsSM empowerment grant. 

The Degree Experience maximizes higher education success

Oct 16, 2018
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Shown above, left to right, Jasmine Bozeman, Nation of NeighborsSM empowerment grant recipient and Cynthia Tidwell, Royal Neighbors President/CEO.

By overcoming personal obstacles and having a passion for education and helping others, Jasmine Bozeman is now the Founder and CEO of an impactful social enterprise, The Degree Experience (TDE). This company is committed to supporting a population of at-risk and minority high school students and their families through their college preparation journey. The TDE Academy is a program for youth that provides tools to maximize their higher education success and enhance their quality of life. The Nation of NeighborsSM grant will give TDE the resources to fully launch the Academy, so it reaches and impacts more youth as they plan their futures.

As a published author, Certified Motivational Speaker and active mentor, Jasmine works directly with the students in the Illinois and Iowa region to be a role model. She explains that she is, “someone who shares in their lived experiences, who can relate to their growth and development as productive women of society and who stands as proof for pursuing your dreams.”

Nation of Neighbors, Royal Neighbors’ signature program to empower women, provides financial assistance to individuals who have a plan to start or expand a business, an organization or group that helps women and girls. Nearly $2 million has been awarded since 2007.


Form #: P00328 Rev. 10-2018
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Insuring Lives Supporting Women Serving CommunitiesSM
Form #: P00339; Rev. 11-2019