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Advice for teen girls who are struggling? Your happiness and your future is YOUR responsibility. Once you recognize that all you need to overcome anything is inside of you, you will be unstoppable. Never lose confidence in your ability to create the story YOU want to tell others of your journey. Make it a story that will inspire others.

What are the biggest challenges that you face in trying to achieve your organization's mission and your personal mission statement? As budgets shrink at the local, state, and national levels, there are fewer funds year after year to sustain the agency operations. Decreasing resources are challenging as it leads to limited staff with larger caseloads and sometimes, the closure of essential community programs. Another challenge we face when trying to achieve our mission is limited housing resources. Increasingly families, especially those including women and children, are homeless. With rent prices increasing annually, adequate and affordable housing difficult to find, eviction records, and minimum wage jobs not providing enough for basic necessities, it becomes a serious challenge to transition families out of the shelter.

How are you working to overcome these challenges? My Executive Director worked to develop a Board of Directors that is passionate about helping the homeless population we serve. We are working collaboratively to find creative solutions to establish new funding streams and carefully manage our funds. We create ways to provide the same level of care to the residents with a smaller budget; we think outside of the box yet still solution-focused. We also establish relationships in the community with landlords and private homeowners, to give our residents the opportunity to transition out of the shelter into their own housing unit.

What's the best advice that you've received from another leader or mentor? My mentor and Soror in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Ms. Tiffani Blake, said to me, "Every decision you make should lead to your ultimate goal." Who's your "Shero"? My Nana, the late Rev. Nancy Sinceno, and my mother, Michele Hicks.

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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...