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Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones

Children's Defense Fund-CA

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Michelle's work combines: Non-Profit Organizations, Education, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Youth Programs Coordinator

I run a scholarship program for low-income youth in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Early Childhood Education and Teaching

    Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Graduate Degree

    Mental Health Counseling/Counselor

    Hampton University

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Social and Community Service Managers:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Early Childhood Education and Teaching

Graduate Degree: Mental Health Counseling/Counselor

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    Deciding to take a internship with my now current employer, which was 3,000 miles away from home.

  • 2.

    I worked with the mentally ill and homeless population in Washington, DC; exposed me to real life. :)

  • 3.

    Worked odd jobs during graduate school, saving all my pennies to take vacations with my besties.

  • 4.

    Hearing encouraging words from my deceased grandparents. These words motivated me to keep dreaming.

  • 5.

    Having support from family and friends is always important.

  • 6.

    Deciding to put myself first! Self-care!

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    You should stay closer to home." "Will that job provide financial stability?

  • How I responded:

    In life you have to take risks, even if you fail, it's not the worst that could happen, just find another way! Take pride in you who are, where you come from, and be confident in your abilities! You can! Si, se puede!

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Being confident in my own abilities, trusting that my career plan will provide happiness and financial stability. Comparing myself to peers, and encouraging others through their successes while waiting on your own.