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John Zickefoose

Director  World Kindness USA Board  Education (Corona California)
John Zickefoose

In 2010 John was elected as President to the Corona Norco school board the eighth largest district in the state of California serving 54,000 students., John AKA “Mr. Z” is a natural storyteller and delights in bringing books to young readers.  But that has not always been the case.  At his wife’s suggestion, Mr. Z contacted the Corona Public Library and began to attend Adult literacy classes. Empowered by his new reading skills, Mr. Z became an advocate for the youth in the community.  In 1996, he founded United Neighbors Involving Today’s Youth (UNITY).  This collaborative group has grown over the past 22 years to include more than 80 public and private organizations.  UNITY has helped to obtain over 16 million dollars in grant funding for Corona-Norco Unified Schools. Mr. Z ultimately became the Coordinator for the Corona Public Library Adult Literacy Program, over the years he has read to more than 200,000 students.  He has appeared on television on ABC, NBC, CNN, and PBS, and has given numerous radio and print interviews on the subject of literacy. Mr. Z is currently a member of (SACK Board of Directors Simple Acts of Care and Kindness) the Corona Chamber of Commerce, YMCA Board of Directors and President of the Corona Norco School Board. In the past, he has served as President and founder of UNITY, Chairperson for Red Ribbon Week, “No Child Left Behind”, Board Member of Pro Literacy Worldwide, Corona Police Activities League, (ADV Alternatives to Domestic Violence), Fair Housing Council of Riverside County Champions for Justice Award and Voices for Adult Literacy United for Education board. Recognitions he has received include the PTA “Honorary Service Award, Laubach Literacy Action Award, Soroptomist Award for “The Advancement of Women”, “Distinguished Citizen Award” from the Temescal District Boy Scouts, Corona Chamber of Commerce Award, Board of Directors Appreciation Award from the YMCA and “Hometown Hero” Award from California Legislator Rod Pacheco. email info@worldkindnessusa.org