Kimberley McInnis Shelton is the first African-American woman chosen as National Young Mother of the Year by American Mothers, Inc., (AMI), a national non-profit organization with chapters across America. AMI began giving Mother of the Year awards in 1935, with the first award going to Eleanor Roosevelt. They began to select a Young Mother of the Year in the 1960s, but when she was chosen as the 2008 Young Mother of the Year, Kimberley was the first African American woman to receive the title, which honors dedicated, outstanding mothers who are still raising their children. A graduate of the College of William & Mary, an accomplished singer (who once sang for Queen Elizabeth) and former corporate human resources manager, Kimberley used her platform as Young Mother of the Year to help moms who want to return to the workforce understand "how to make motherhood pay" by enhancing their resumes with skills and experience garnered as a mother.
Kimberley is not working while she raises her two young children in Newmarket, New Hampshire, but she is an active volunteer in her church, her community and AMI. Kimberley is featured in a documentary about the women who were nominated for the Young Mother award. Each state association selects a representative for their State Young Mother. Each State Young Mother attends the National Convention where the AMI National Young Mother of the Year is selected. The National Young Mother of the Year is awarded the Ethel Parham Award, sponsored by former National President Ruth Manning in honor of her mother. The 2009 Young Mother of the Year is Kimberly Wright of Nevada.
For more information about American Mothers, Inc., visit www.americanmothers.org.