I am a contract project manager and consultant through Jhonna Amelia, LLC (JAL), and a dedicated advocate for marginalized children who have limited access to adequate resources and educational opportunities. My range of work reaches into several corners, including law, education, nonprofits, and a spiritual leadership role.
JAL supports organizations that are committed to altruistic endeavors, being agents of change, and purveyors of strategy and implementation. Under my scope of work, I have strengthened stakeholder development, designed holistic solutions, administered and designed an effective people-centered curriculum, facilitated diverse settings, and evaluated several communities and organizations with empathy, equity, and care.
I started my career working as an advocate for homeless children, and a public school teacher. I matriculated into other positions that have widened my perspective, skill sets, and leadership roles in the public and private sectors. In addition to my academic accomplishments, I have been through several highly credible and impactful trainings, all centered around strategy, power, justice, and transformation. I have also developed two nonprofit organizations dedicated to advocating and providing an abundance of resources and educational opportunities to poorly invested school communities in the Anacostia and Brookland neighborhoods of Washington, DC.
My goal is to ensure marginalized children have every opportunity to reach their highest potential, and for organizations to have the empowerment strategies needed to effectively change the world.
Surge Institute: Elevating Leaders of Color in Educational Spaces
Education is the civil rights issue of our time. Solely depending on a governmental system to bring change no longer seems effective, and history proves it. We are living in this moment because of our ancestor’s vision, strength and desire for all to be free from unjust laws. And we must maximize lessons from the past to gain a greater perspective on how to continue the movement to advance our civil right to be young, gifted, and free, now and forever more.
Pulling from the strategies of great civil rights movements and marrying those tactics with modern-day tools and passion for education equality has activated a mindset to help solve one of the current problems of education inequities in Washington, DC: The racial wealth gap.
Wealth = An abundance of opportunities.
Leveraging support, work, and experience, I have been able to develop two volunteer-led community-based federal nonprofits that are established to provide strong learning opportunities to a total of six schools filled with bright children whose families are marginalized by race, language, opportunity, and of low economic status. Developing community power is an opportunity to continue the good fight and create good trouble.
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Originally supported by Washington Lawyers' Committee of Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
"Being a project manager is like being an artist, you have the different colored process streams combining into a work of art." - Gregg Cimmarrusti
Projects are customized to fit the goals and expectations of the client while also optimizing people's capacity and collaboration to ensure the goals of the project build longevity and sustainability.
Project management is combining knowledge, specific skills, tools and techniques to drive value to a person's or organization's mission and/or vision statement.
"In order to teach you, I must know you." - Lisa Delpit
By creatively providing succinct quantitative and qualitative information, stakeholders have diverse perspectives and opportunities to stay engaged and committed to the cause. And understanding and evaluating the cause, allows us all to learn, teach, grow, and take risks together.
"Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now." - Alan Lakein
Projects and programs are strategic vehicles that move organizations forward. Collaboratively materializing and unfolding action plans to implement sustainable, attainable and impactful growth and changes with DEI in mind, increases joy, impact and progress.
"I have started a practice with my work. I ask everybody to share a story with me. " - America Calderon
Power skills are critical to our future. It’s no longer soft, but groundbreaking, earth shattering skills that are necessary for growth and progress. To create earth shattering progress, we must humanize all stakeholders, hear their stories, and facilitate discussions that brings forth harmony. Success begins with a story.
“The stereotypical images we hold toward groups are powerful in influencing what people see and expect of students. Unless educators consciously try to undermine and work against these kinds of stereotypes, they often act on them unconsciously." - Pedro Noguera
A personal and professional endeavor of mine was to rethink how we teach faith to young minds in my role as Children's Ministry Director for 6 years. Presenting the story of love should be reflective of the children we serve and the diverse world they are living in. Ensuring that not only the curriculum and instruction is inquiry-based, but also equitable and theologically sound, helped to elevate the applications of the written Word so that young minds can fully understand the impact of faith, and how their little unique souls can make a difference in this large world.
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