Founder + Executive Director
After years of working as a juvenile probation officer in South Carolina, Zakiya Esper became increasingly alarmed by the gap in support services for the teens she served. The vision for Sowing Seeds into the Midlands was birthed from Zakiya's belief in redemption for youth, honoring a fair shot for all teens, especially those living in the communities where she was raised.
Sowing Seeds into the Midlands is a grassroots nonprofit organization that provides support services to teens and their families via advocacy, education, and direct programming in an effort to interrupt the school to prison pipeline.
At Sowing Seeds into the Midlands, we believe in a world where all youth have the ability to lead positively impactful, purposeful lives.
Board of Directors
Deputy Chief Melron Kelly
City of Columbia Police Department
Public Defender, Richland County
Brittani Richards, MSW
Grants & Communications Expert