I’m Jamie Junior, a 41- year- old, mother of one and a native Detroiter with Cerebral Palsy
How you were brought into AmeriCorps?
My primary reason for wanting to serve with AmeriCorps was to help my community, is that as a person with a disability I understand feeling helplessness and marginalized, So my thinking was that I am in a unique position to help others. My thinking was that my tenacity or keep it moving type of spirit; if you will, could inspire people to do just that! Reach higher, be better and make it easier to start the conversation about overcoming a seemingly bleak situation. Essentially, giving out of my own need
What your project will be focusing on?
My project focuses on creating financial empowerment by providing access to information through the facilitation of financial literacy workshops and promoting financial goal setting and savings and planning Wayne Metro’s annual Show Me the Money Day event
What you are looking forward to in this position?
Helping people gain access to information and develop skills to better manage their money and leverage resources available to them so that they can save and grow financially, (I mean even if it’s twenty dollars), feel better and more in control of their situations. and ultimately, be more self sufficient
Your vision for the community/project?
To make the “money” conversation more palatable and inclusive. I envision the reshaping of whole communities because empowered people make for more engaged neighbors; thriving communities and eventually, a better quality of life for our prioritized populations