Michelle is a mother of 3, youth community organizer, member of Harlem’s local Community Board 9, business partner of UptownBirdies.com and children’s mental health advocate. Clearly, she is a beacon of hope in her community. In becoming aware of her PTSD stemming from childhood traumas, Michelle became motivated to change the narrative of her past and, in 2007, enrolled in Berkeley College for a fresh start. Since then, Michelle has continued her drive to help children, teaching in small daycares in Harlem and Brooklyn with a focus on those with special needs. In an attempt to become her own daycare director, Michelle discovered she did not have the qualifications and would need a B.S. in early childhood education. The Education Fund Award will aid Michelle in achieving her dreams of being a staple in Harlem, healing and bringing knowledge to children and her community.

“My passion is to combine nature, mindfulness, and art in a storefront daycare, teaching these qualities to the young minds of Harlem. My background and passion will help fight against the rise of anxiety and depression while promoting solidity.”