Michelle’s life experience inspired this program “A Better You”. As a young girl growing up in a compounded dysfunctional lifestyle, Michelle pulled lifelong lessons from the challenges of being the child of a single parent who struggled with substance abuse, incarceration, behavior issues, mental health dysfunction including addictions. Becoming a mother herself at the age of fifteen, she can relate to those individuals who are struggling through life and are unable to acclimate back into society in a positive way.
Michelle has proven to society that you can build a life (if you want to). Michelle leans on her relationship with GOD, that has allowed her to become a successful business owner and outreach worker. She has worked with the nonprofit Community Self Determination Institute (CSDI) in the WATTS Community from 2003-2005 as a community organizer teaching life skill to over 200 at-risk youth. Michelle moved to Sacramento in 2010. She opened the nonprofit organization “A Better You”. She opened up her home to homeless youth and assisted them to graduate, taught them life skills, self-esteem building and she assisted them to be reunited with their families. In addition, supported the youth in transition to living on their own. Furthermore, Michelle was a Board Member of the Daylor Continuation High School Board of Directors as a parent President. Michelle Became a motivational guest speaker at the High and Middle Schools in the Sacramento Unified School District by helping to change the destructive mindsets of at-risk youth.
In 2015, she launched a Peace March on two separate occasions to end the silence and stop the violence in Sacramento CA. Michelle was a motivational speaker in the Solano Men’s Prison on numerous occasions to help modify behavior. Michelle became ordained as a Senior Pastor at Blessed Kingdom Builders Church in Sacramento. Now, that Michelle has moved back to Southern California she sits on the WATTS Neighborhood Council and is now located in the Moreno Valley area helping to change her community one individual, one family, one school, and community at a time.