Spring Initiative empowers young people in the Mississippi Delta to beat the odds, access the opportunities they deserve, and build successful, happy, and hopeful lives for themselves.

Email: anja@spring-initiative.org

Phone: (217) 979 - 6807

Registered Charity: 45-2243846

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Spring Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Copyright 2015, Spring Initiative. All Rights Reserved.

Meet the Staff

Spring Initiative is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2011 by Anja Thiessen and Bianca Zaharescu to invest in the brilliance and potential of the amazing students in Coahoma County, Mississippi, and to address the lack of opportunities and resources available to them  – something they realized firsthand while volunteering as teacher’s assistants at Sherard Elementary School. Today, Anja and Bianca still run Spring and live in Clarksdale, along with an-ever growing staff of caring educators and volunteers.

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Co-Founder/Leadership Team/College Spring 

Bianca Zaharescu
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Co-Founder/Leadership Team 

Anja Thiessen

Board of Directors

The Spring Board of Directors is made up of committed and caring professionals and Clarksdale community members who bring their expertise, passion, connections, and resources to our organization to help us thrive. 

Mary Thompson, Board Chair
Adrienne White Hudson
Andy Seth
Donna Merkel
Steve Jossell
Barbara Linder
Amanda Johnson
Anthony Philipp
Fred Cohen