A St. Louis native, James Sykes is a first-generation college graduate from Saint Louis University having obtained a BA in Biochemistry. A firm believer in the power of storytelling, James spent much of his collegiate life focused on college access within low-income communities. As a part of the Young People For Fellowship, he founded OverMatch Mentoring – an organization focused on empowering the narratives of high school students through essay writing. Currently, he is pursuing a MA in Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis, while teaching Algebra through Teach for America. As an Aspen Young Leaders Fellow, he is engaging with local community leaders to enact greater change in St. Louis. James understands the intellectual power of the social sciences to contextualize issues of systemic inequity and hopes to utilize this perspective in his pursuit of an MD/MA in Medical Anthropology, eventually bringing about better informed and culturally responsive medical practices.
Updated May 2020
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