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Empowering the Next Generation 

Empowering the Next Generation 

  • "Empowering the Next Generation" originally appeared in the April 2024 "20 Under 40" issue of COMO Magazine.
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I am honored to be one of the first to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the remarkable individuals featured in this special edition — Columbia’s 20 Under 40 recipients for 2024. As the superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, I celebrate the outstanding achievements of these dynamic young leaders who are shaping the future of our community.

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, we often emphasize the importance of nurturing and empowering the next generation. As I learn about this year’s 20 Under 40 honorees, I am reminded that the future is in exceptionally capable hands. Each of these individuals has demonstrated exceptional commitment, resilience, and innovation, qualities that we hold in high regard within CPS.

The mission of CPS is to provide an excellent education for all scholars, which also means supporting their dreams and aspirations. These 20 Under 40 achievers, many of whom are connected to CPS, embody the values of excellence, leadership, and community engagement that we strive to instill in every scholar. It is immensely gratifying to see the profound impact education, has on our Columbia community.

In the spirit of collaboration and shared success, it is essential for us to recognize and celebrate the achievements of those who have emerged as leaders in their respective fields. From entrepreneurs and educators to healthcare professionals and community activists, our 20 Under 40 recipients exemplify the diversity and richness of talent within our community.

As educators, we understand the transformative power of knowledge, and it is heartening to see these individuals leveraging their knowledge bases to make a positive impact. Their stories serve as a source of inspiration for our current scholars, illustrating that with dedication, passion, and a commitment to lifelong learning, one can achieve remarkable feats.

This special edition not only highlights the professional accomplishments of our 20 Under 40 honorees, but also provides a glimpse into the personal stories that have shaped their journeys. It is a testament to the strength of our Columbia community that fosters an environment where individuals can thrive and contribute meaningfully to society.

To our 20 Under 40 recipients, I extend my most sincere congratulations. Your achievements resonate far beyond personal success as they serve to inspire greatness in our scholars and our community. I hope this edition serves as a reminder of the incredible talent in Columbia and encourages us all to continue working collaboratively toward a future filled with promise and opportunity for all. 

Dr. Brian Yearwood

Dr. Brian Yearwood is the Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools

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