"Building Capacity To Engage Youth"

"Building Capacity To Engage Youth"
20 set 2023 ยท 53 min. 2 sec.

Welcome to a compelling episode of the Resilient Voices & Beyond Podcast, Season Three, Episode Eleven, where we delve into the heart of a critical topic: "Building Capacity to Engage...

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Welcome to a compelling episode of the Resilient Voices & Beyond Podcast, Season Three, Episode Eleven, where we delve into the heart of a critical topic: "Building Capacity to Engage Youth." ๐ŸŽ™๏ธ

In this thought-provoking discussion, we are joined once again by the remarkable Deanna Jones, known as Deanna J. Speaks. Deanna's professional titles encompass her role as a Foster Care Alumni, Speaker, Author, Consultant, and part-time DIY-er. ๐ŸŒŸ

Deanna's life journey is nothing short of inspiring. As a former foster child and teen mother of two, she belongs to the extraordinary 3% of foster youth who defy the odds and graduate from college. ๐Ÿ“š

However, Deanna's path was not without its challenges. Early on, she received disheartening messages from various sources that tried to silence her voice, casting her aside as a mere statistical failure. But Deanna refused to accept this narrative. She recognized the need for change and took charge of her life, becoming a staunch advocate for herself, ensuring her voice would be heard. From that point forward, she cultivated unwavering resilience, transforming setbacks into stepping stones towards success. ๐Ÿ’ช

Despite the hurdles that led her to leave high school and obtain her G.E.D., Deanna's determination propelled her to achieve her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from The Ohio State University. But her journey didn't stop there. She swiftly acquired her LSW (Licensed Social Worker) and dedicated over 11 years of her life to the foster care agency from which she had aged out, serving in various capacities. ๐Ÿ›๏ธ

With a Master's in Public Policy and Administration, Deanna embarked on a journey of entrepreneurship. She opened multiple businesses, including a beauty store, and ventured into podcasting, all while expanding her career as a speaker and trainer, dedicating herself full-time to empowering others. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

In this captivating episode, we explore the essence of "Building Capacity to Engage Youth" with Deanna Jones. Her unique insights, experiences, and strategies highlight the significance of empowering and engaging with youth effectively. Deanna's story serves as a beacon of hope, emphasizing the importance of resilience, self-advocacy, and the limitless potential of youth engagement. ๐ŸŒ

Join us for an enlightening conversation that underscores the crucial need to invest in and empower the next generation. Deanna Jones' journey is a testament to the power of determination, resilience, and the belief that every voice matters. ๐Ÿ”Š

#ResilientVoicesAndBeyondPodcast #YouthEmpowerment #FosterCareAdvocate #ResilienceJourney #DeannaJSpeaks #Speaker #Author #ResilienceCoach #Consultant #EmpowerYouth #LifeSuccess #OvercomingAdversity #YouthEngagement
#YouthLeadership #YouthDevelopment #YouthInclusion #YouthAdvocacy #CapacityBuilding #YouthVoice #YouthParticipation
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