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What are the biggest challenges that you face in trying to achieve your mission?

I would say the biggest challenge is when we have people we can't help, either due to a lack of resources or because they're not eligible to receive federally-funded benefits—when we've done all that we can do and still can't help a family. How are you working to overcome these challenges?

Partnerships. We work with other agencies to connect families to additional resources and opportunities that we aren't able to provide. Typically, we'll call a partner, discuss and assess the family's situation, and then identify a solution that will help in whatever way possible.

Advice for teen girls who are struggling?

I was a teen mom, but I had a village. I had people around to support me. So my biggest advice to teen parents is that you can make it. You can do anything you set your mind to, and there will be people along the way that are willing to help you. And if I can help in some way, I'm front and center.

What's the best advice that you've received from another leader or mentor?

That the sky is the limit—you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. Who's your "Shero"?

Two people. One is Aletha Wright. After I experienced her passion, I said, "I'm going to be just like that!" She was such an awesome person, such an advocate. And she spoke to people with such a sense of strength and confidence and love. By the time she finished talking, you'd want to pass the plate because you thought you were in church! I admired her so much. And my other shero is my grandmother. She didn't take no stuff! And she knew how to get what she needed. I remember her speaking to council members about our needs and having me attend community meetings on her behalf. She was the one who showed me there was a way to get things done to help people. Learn more about Dr. Lynn and her work by visiting programsforparents.org 129

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2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...

2020 Leadership Journal E-book  

A leadership journal written by girls from Newark, NJ to cultivate courageous conversations and action. Purchase your copy at theleadershipj...