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Yolanda P. Grimes

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Topics Discussed:

  • Change
  • Health / Fitness / Stress
  • Motivation
  • Teen Issues
  • Women's Issues

From a very young age, Yolanda P. Grimes has always felt the need to help others.  At the age of 12 she was the leader of a dance group.  As the leader of this dance group, Ms. Grimes organized small food sales to pay for the cost of uniforms for the group.  This act of service was the first sign of her leadership qualities.  Selling lemonade and hotdogs to residents in her Bedford-Stuyvesant community is what helped the group purchase the uniforms they needed to perform their dance routines.  Ms. Grimes also excelled in school.  Because she maintained an 85 average in Junior High School, she was skipped from the 7th grade to the 9th grade at the age of 13.  She would later graduate ahead of her class in 1985 at the age of 16.  It would be ten years later that Ms. Grimes returned to school.  She graduated from Metropolitan Community College, f/k/a Audrey Cohen College in 1985, with top honors receiving her Bachelors Degree in Business.  She took another break before returning back to Metropolitan in September 2001.  Ms. Grimes would go on to graduate summa cum laude in May 2002 with a master’s degree in administration. 

Yolanda is:

  • Married with two sons, ages 16 and 4.
  • A legal secretary at a prestigious law firm in New York, New York.  Ms. Grimes has over 16 years of legal experience.
  • A self-published author of a book entitled Looking for Love In All The Wrong Places (Dina Jones – pen name).
  • A dedicated public servant having volunteered at soup kitchens for the homeless; and various shelters.  Ms. Grimes has also provided volunteer work for the agency, Meals on Wheels, and has served as a companion for the elderly.  She has also mentored troubled teens.
  • A survivor of domestic violence.  Ms. Grimes endured an abusive relationship for over 10 years.  Her goal today is to educate teens and women who are in abusive relationships so they are equipped with a plan of action to leave the abusive relationship.  Ms. Grimes also provides motivational speaking to battered women at churches and community based organizations.

  • Yolanda enjoys reading and crossword puzzles.
  • Yolanda is a people person who enjoys making others laugh.

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