Philanthropist, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and student. Those are just a few words to describe 25-year old Mea Boykins. Foster child, homeless and abused are a few more. I was first encouraged to do an article on Mea for her humanitarian work. While a junior at Spelman College, Mea started her own scholarship/non-profit fund: Student Emergency Assistance (SEA) while still seeking college assistance for herself. Through her nonprofit, she’s awarded four scholarships and has raised over $15,000. With the mindset that, “You don’t have to be rich to help in a major way,” Mea has also held events in New York City with Bravo TV and MTV called “Fashion Playground” and has even taken her vision overseas to London where she coordinated performances and school supply donations for disadvantaged youth. This “Jane of all trades” is also an advocate for the homeless. Most recently, with help from friends, she held a local charity drive at the Salvation Army where she collected clothes, toiletries, and even hosted an etiquette class. This is just the tip of the iceberg for Mea; the real story is the struggle behind the perky public persona.
“God gives the hardest battles to the strongest people.”
Growing up in Opelousas, Louisiana, Mea was faced with adversity her whole life. Living in poverty with an abusive mother, she was eventually turned over to the State. After one month in foster care, Mea moved in with her father at the age of fifteen. In 2005, following Hurricane Katrina, she lost everything and was homeless. Going from house to house Mea never gave up hope and always kept God first saying, “God gives the hardest battles to the strongest people.” With this mindset, she is able to persevere and pave the way for others in similar situations.
Given the hand she was dealt, Mea is able to overcome the obstacles and has dedicated her life to serving others. As for future goals, she plans to hold a local “Stop the Violence” rally and will even travel to Nigeria with her goal to help people in need. Mea says, “Even if you’re not in a comfortable position financially, there are still ways to give back,” which is a message she practices and preaches to young professionals everyday.
Mea can be reached at the contact info below.
Twitter at @emergensea