c. Whitney Johnson
Whitney Johnson, Founder & CEO emeritus of Generation Ubuntu, NFP is an ardent activist, youth leader and world changer. Inspired by her experiences while studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and volunteering in an orphanage in the nearby township of Khayelitsha, Whitney was drawn to the cause of supporting children living with HIV. She noticed a gap in services and sustained assistance for children and teens living with HIV.
She wanted to ensure that children living with HIV received the care they needed to live long, healthy and happy lives. Shortly after graduating from Colorado College in 2006, at the age of 21, Whitney established Generation Ubuntu, a nonprofit organization with the mission of improving the health and wellbeing of children living with HIV in South Africa.
Through her diligence and determination, Whitney successfully secured funding to establish a center in Khayelitsha, which provides comprehensive care to over 200 children living with HIV. The center provides Healthcare & Nutrition, Psychosocial Support, HIV & Life Skills Education and Community Engagement to children and their families. Despite the overwhelming odds against them, every single child in Generation Ubuntu’s program has not only survived, but thrived.
As CEO of Generation Ubuntu and public speaker, Whitney engages young people and works to foster an empowered attitude towards HIV/AIDS around the world. Whitney was named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper in 2012 and attended the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos in 2014. She was also named a 2013 Young People in International Affairs Top 35 under 35 young foreigners making an impact in Africa. Whitney was a guest speaker at Chicago Ideas Week 2015 and was interviewed on NBC News 4 in New York City in October. In December, she was spotlighted in the Tory Burch blog, Tory Daily.