Stacy Michelle Guinn
Company: Cabarrus County School District
Position: McKinney-Vento Liaison
WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
CHARLOTTE, NC – Born and raised 😊
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN CHARLOTTE AREA?
Since February 1988
TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOU?
I am Stacy Michelle, innovative advocate and motivator. I’m a Charlotte native, graduating from Independence High School, UNC at Charlotte alumna, and current Clemson University School of MPA graduate student. I serve as the McKinney-Vento Program Liaison for the Cabarrus County School District, managing and providing resources for students experiencing homelessness. The number of unaccompanied youth is on the continuous rise, yet there are little resources in place or they are simply uninformed. I am committed to connecting our youth to current resources and expanding the support they desperately need.
DURING YOUR TIME VOLUNTEERING FOR A COMMUNITY ACTIVITY OR PROJECT, WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORIAL MOMENT?
It brings me the most joy to advocate, support and change the lives of young adults because I know the level of vulnerability that they face. I also understand how life-changing every decision made at that age is. With the right mentor and support a teenager could be provided resources and direction that changes their life narrative and lifestyle. Doing this work, I have also recognized how hard it can be to engage this group and get them to understand the potential within and life’s many possibilities. So, for me that most memorable moment was witnessing the dream spark in a student for the very first time. The student went from a place of no hope, unable to fathom the idea of success, to visioning a life of accomplishments. It was then I realized I could spark the dreamer in youth any and everywhere.
IN YOUR OPINION, HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE COMMUNITY?
I have volunteered with various organizations. This includes the Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Communities in Schools, and the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system. Additionally, I completed an internship at one of the most reputable children’s law firms in North Carolina – The Council for Children’s Rights. I worked as the managing intern, supporting the Managing Attorney. Those experiences shaped my ability to connect with juveniles within the court system. Staying involved and working with various non-profit organizations during my undergrad career helped fuel my existing passion to make a difference in low-income communities. Therefore, I lead a volunteer social-group, CltFriendsGiving. Together, we help funnel resources to students in need by hosting community drives, supporting local mentor groups, and visiting The Relatives monthly to provide home-cooked meals to students. I am also a fellow with the Fed-Up Campaign, which is a nation-wide coalition focused on diversifying The Federal Reserve Board to equalize our economy.
PLEASE LET US KNOW ANY AWARDS OR RECOGNITIONS YOU’VE RECEIVED IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREER:
I have been recognized for my strong leadership skills in every role I have served in. Prior to entering the youth services, I worked in Sales and Corporate America. While in sales I was awarded top sales on numerous occasions. I then successfully worked in Corporate America for 3 years and was presented awards for my leadership and performance but was left feeling unfulfilled. Thus, I made the conscious decision to pursue what I love, giving back. I landed a job as a District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America. I was responsible for coordinating and recruiting volunteers, recruiting new scouts, budgeting district-wide events, and managing all fundraisers and donations. This position taught me how a non-profit functioned financially. After my time with the Boy Scouts, I worked as a youth paraprofessional in South Carolina, creating daily intervention activities that provided life lessons and inspiration for youth displaying disruptive behaviors. I now serve as the McKinney-Vento Program Coordinator for Cabarrus County Schools. At CCS, I have successfully initiated new district-wide programming for students experiencing homelessness. I am also a current Graduate Student at Clemson University studying Master of Public Administration with a Non-Profit Management concentration.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OR INTEREST?
Creating! I love to design and create images, watching movies, reading, volunteering with friends, and I love music.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE THAT YOU STAND BY?
You cannot dim the light which shines from within – Maya Angelou
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS? 10 YEARS?
Leading a successful non-profit that will provide long-term housing to adolescents across the nation and human sex-trafficking will be at a historical record low
CAN YOUR SHARE ONE THING THAT IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Travel to Egypt.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU USED YOUR PASSPORT?
WHAT IS A FUN FACT ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?
I played the violin for over 3 years.
WHO IS YOUR HERO?
WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Originals: How Non-Conformist Move the World Adam Grant
WHAT WAS THE LAST MOVIE YOU SAW?
WHAT WAS THE LAST CONCERT YOU SAW?