J.Crew. Eddie Bauer. Macy’s. GAP. MTV. Miss Me Jeans. Rocawear. WE: Women’s Entertainment. TLC. These are just a few of the places where you may have previously seen former professional model, Yolanda Stennett, Mrs. International 2021, who was also the first female in-stadium co-host for Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals.
As the matriarch of her blended family, Yolanda is the devoted wife to her husband, Joevon and a proud mother and grandmother. Together, Yolanda and Joevon have three children and two grandchildren with another grandson expected in January 2022. Yolanda hails from a long line of military service men and women and is proud of her two oldest children who are continuing the legacy by actively serving in the U.S. Navy.
"Mentoring: By Any Means Necessary" is a family affair in the Stennett family. Yolanda has served her community as a youth mentor for over twenty years and currently serves as the Program Director for Daughters With a Purpose mentoring program, a position in which she is responsible for creating programming that will serve both the mentees and mentors within the organization. Additionally, she serves on the executive board of directors with the Center for Abused Persons of Charles County, is an active CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for Foster Youth), has been the varsity cheerleading coach at Westlake High School for the past ten years as well as is the Charles County Public Schools representative to the Maryland State High School Cheerleading Committee. Mrs. Stennett also holds TESOL and TEFL certifications for Teaching English as a Second Language and works part-time as an ESL teacher. Mr. Stennett serves the community mentoring young scholars and athletes as a high school teacher, coaches varsity cross country and baseball, hosts free youth baseball camps and clinics in addition to being the head coach for the 2021 9U Youth World Series Champion, J&T Cages from Southern Maryland. Keeping mentoring and coaching in the family are their older children who coach basketball and competitive cheerleading respectively and also serve as youth mentors in their communities.
Yolanda is an advocate for STEM education, has earned six college degrees and has worked in the telecommunications construction industry since 1999. Mrs. Stennett currently is the Washington, DC / Baltimore market program director for a nationwide firm that provides engineering and construction services for the four major wireless carriers in the United States. As the only female program director for her market, it is extremely important to Yolanda to continue to educate and advocate for opportunities for women in STEM. Additionally, Mrs. Stennett is an entrepreneur within the fashion and beauty industry working for global brands Senegence and Savvi.
As a firm believer that representation matters, Mrs. Stennett will use her year of service to continue to advocate on the importance of mentoring in effort to close the mentoring gap for young people, educate on cultural understanding and acceptance, and promote body positivity and self-acceptance. Yolanda has dedicated her life to awareness of these issues and in fact, she and her vision were the subject of a WE:Women’s Entertainment channel documentary in 2005 titled, “Chasing the Crown.” When asked how she gets it all done and stays healthy, she says “it all starts with your attitude!”
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