Jonah Wilkof Chosen for 2Seeds Training in Tanzania, Africa

Jonah Wilkof portraitGraduating Yeshiva University senior Jonah Wilkof, of Beachwood, Ohio, has been selected for a highly competitive nonprofit training position with The 2Seeds Network, a nonprofit organization that incubates small, efficient and effective agricultural development projects in Africa.

2Seeds focuses on selecting, training, and mentoring bright and passionate graduates at the beginning of their careers to address the issue of food and income security by training rural farmers in agricultural best practices. Along with other project coordinators, Wilkof will create, support and implement development projects in Northeastern Tanzania.

“Extreme hunger and poverty are the results of unfulfilled potential and improving these issues isn’t as impossible as we often think,” said Wilkof, who majored in English with minors in writing and biology at Yeshiva College. “The attitude here isn’t ‘I’m coming from America to help solve the problems you can’t’ but rather ‘I’m coming to work alongside you to overcome the denial of choices and opportunities created by poverty.’ I’m also drawn by the human aspect—the commitment to integrate into the community and the chance to develop deep relationships through partnered problem-solving.”

Wilkof is one of more than 600 students who will receive their bachelor’s degree at YU’s 83rd Annual Commencement Exercises at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 22, 2014.