Olakemi "Kemi" Teru

Olakemi Teru
transform mid-atlantic
The Arc Northern Chesepeake Region

ALUMNI AWESOMENESS: AmeriCorps encourages its VISTA's to pursue a lifetime of Service, but for Kemi it's about pursuing multiple lifetimes of service all at once. She works full-time at a non-profit, part-time at another, has founded a third, is currently in nursing school, and still finds time to raise her two children.

TMA VISTA PROJECT: Kemi was a VISTA leader for Transform Mid-Atlantic, where she worked with over 30 TMA VISTAs placed at regional campuses and organizations. She previously served as a VISTA for Strong City, and subsequently as an AmeriCorps Service Fellow for UMBC's CHOICE Program which provides engaging programming, connection to resources & holistic case management to youth in Maryland's communities.

WHERE IS SHE NOW?: Among other service work, Kemi is a clinical case manager at The Arc - Northern Chesapeake Region,  where she  empowers people with differing abilities to live, work and play in the community in Harford and Cecil Counties: The Arc NRC offers supported employment services to adults , services for transitioning youth, treatment foster care services to children and their families, and more; all driven by a vision to help create "a world where people with differing abilities lead personally valued lives."


Overcoming Homelessness: From Struggle to Strength: Kemi discusses her journey from youth homelessness to eventually working for the organization that helped her get back on her feet.

The Life-Changing Year That Shaped My Career: Kemi discusses how one year at an elementary school prepared her for anything.

A Lifetime of Service in 5 Years

Kemi career path final