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Our Climb

Zaniya Lewis founded #YesSheCanCampaign (YesSheCanCampaign) in December 2016 during her freshman year of college. Zaniya founded the YesSheCanCampaign after experiencing many hardships and successes throughout her educational journey. Through these experiences, she noticed the obstacles youth experience while striving to complete their education and obtain employment opportunities. #YesSheCanCampaign (YesSheCanCampaign) purpose is to inspire and empower youth everywhere to push beyond all limitations and work towards pursuing their education and career aspirations. 

Mission:  #YesSheCanCampaign mission is to equip youth and their families with the tools and resources to climb higher, change the world, and achieve their dreams


Vision: We envision a world where everyone will have the tools and resources to accomplish their goals and dreams. A world where opportunities and resources do not have a price tag. A world where every person is empowered and able to reach their full potential. 

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Zaniya Lewis 

Founder/CEO and Executive Director 

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Zaniya Lewis is the Founder/CEO and Executive Director of YesSheCanCampaign, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that inspires young people to be extraordinary and change the world. YesSheCanCampaign has reached 3,000+ students, volunteered 20,000+ hours, won six national awards, and one international award. YesSheCanCampaign has helped students win over $700,000 in funding for their education. In 2019, the YesSheCanCampaign™ started a national campaign to dismantle scholarship award displacement. In 2021, YesSheCanCampaign™ launched DISSCHOLARED™, an award-winning ed-technology platform, and program that spreads awareness about scholarship award displacement.

In May 2020, Zaniya received her B.A in Political Science from The George Washington University with a minor in Human Services and Social Justice. Zaniya was named 25 under 25 Social Entrepreneurs by Culture Media Co and Impaction. In 2015, Zaniya traveled with the NBPA, NBPA Foundation, and NBA on an amazing community service trip to South Africa. In 2016, Zaniya appeared on the cover of the May 2016 Issue of Seventeen with Former First Lady Michelle Obama. Zaniya has worked with national and local non-profit organizations across the nation.

In 2019, Zaniya became a victim of scholarship displacement. Zaniya has used her story to spread awareness about scholarship award displacement through her nonprofit YesSheCanCampaign. New Jersey was inspired by her story and created S985 legislation to restrict scholarship award displacement in New Jersey. In September 2021, Governor Murphy signed S985 into law, making New Jersey the second state in the nation to outlaw this brutal practice. Her advocacy inspired The Helping Students Plan for College Act 2021, the first-ever federal bill to address scholarship award displacement nationwide. Zaniya has testified in front of state and federal government entities. Zaniya has advised government agencies and entities on the practice of scholarship award displacement. Zaniya co-authored a Forbes article with her best friend Blake Green about scholarship award displacement, which has more than 128,000 views on their website.

Zaniya has received many accolades for her work, including the Diana Award and Taco Bell Foundation Live Mas Scholarship. Zaniya has been featured in a wide range of media outlets, including Seventeen, Forbes, Fortune, BET, CBS News, and ESSENCE Girls United. Zaniya’s mission in life is to inspire others to keep climbing and to use their passions to make a difference in the world.

Our Team

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Founder/CEO and Executive Director

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Senior Program Director

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Director of Human Resources and DISSCHOLARED Director of Product Management 

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DISSCHOLARED Impact Director
and Consultant

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Senior Impact Director 

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Board Members 2022-2024

Zaniya Lewis 
Nicole Morgan-Lewis 
Dr. Rhonda Palmer 
Donna Johnson 
Daisy Glasgow 
Dr. Diana Scott 
Shenee Omuso 

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