November 1, 2020

We’re Here Campaign Feature: Jamille Jones

The mission of the We’re Here Project is to empower and amplify the voices of young Black women in our community. In Southwest Missouri, there are still strides to be made with representation, diversity, and equity and the goal of this project is to raise the visibility of young Black women who wish to be a part of that conversation. Each woman selected for the project gets to share her story and perspective on beauty and strength as a Black woman in the Southwest Missouri area. This is Jamille’s interview:

My definition of beauty is having the confidence to be and express everything you naturally possess within without limitations. In a life of so many demands and expectations from others for you to perform in certain manners, there are very few that allow themselves to be devoted to everything they wish for themselves and the world around them from the inside of their own natural spirit. Beauty is waking up every morning knowing regardless of others’ conflict or confusion that you will be that one Sunray of a difference the world looks for when so many others behave the same old mundane cycles. There is nothing better than sticking to loving you.
 

I am a single mother of 2 children and I work in the Accounting industry doing various tasks such as bookkeeping, taxes, and financial coaching.I am an activist in my community and I fight for changes in systemic racism and equality. Providing a platform and voice for African Americans to rise above the oppression that so often keeps us and our many talents and skills hidden or without applause. United Community Change is my organization and its purpose is to bring the community together through dialogue, events, and advocacy to tackle the issue together and build inclusive networks that show the outside world that we are a progressive community that cares for and provides an opportunity to every life that may exist within our community. We seek to take forgotten members of the community through our program and turn them into assets that they will feel that they not only are provided for but they are just as important when we help them learn and obtain the proper resources to also give back.
 

My parents moved here when I was in elementary school for a different environment. It was a choice they made.
 

I am leading the East Pacific community garden. I am an activist in my community and I fight for changes in systemic racism and equality. Providing a platform and voice for African Americans to rise above the oppression that so often keeps us and our many talents and skills hidden or without applause. United Community Change is my organization and its purpose is to bring the community together through dialogue, events, and advocacy to tackle the issue together and build inclusive networks that show the outside world that we are a progressive community that cares for and provides an opportunity to every life that may exist within our community. We seek to take forgotten members of the community through our program and turn them into assets that they will feel that they not only are provided for but they are just as important when we help them learn and obtain the proper resources to also give back.
 

I have had a very colorful plate full of experiences here in Springfield. Some of the experiences have been fantastic and others not so great from a child up to an adult. However, regardless of the experiences, I have endured I am grateful that they have shaped me into who I am so that I can be a champion for so many others. I can say I adore the versatility of business and community opportunities this area provides. If you go out and find them they are there and fully rewarding to be apart of.
 

I am keeping tabs on my mental health, taking breaks when my body speaks to me, and moving on my inner spirit to take each next step within reason. This has not been the best of times however there have been some very great opportunities that have come out of this downtime and I have taken advantage of those to keep myself on track and constantly moving forward. I frequently visit the garden that I lead on East Pacific community gardens and often that is the place I get the most energy and inspiration for each day that I tackle.
 

I want to be known as the girl who made you do it. lol! I want to be known as a girl who loves to have fun, who loves people, and willing to do whatever it takes to bring people together by crossing invisible lines that we usually are subliminally and or silently told to abide. Those lines that usually keeps us away from the most amazing experiences. I want people to say hey if not for Mia I would have never met so and so, or if not for Mia I would have missed out on knowing these wonderful people who are so important to me now. It’s so important that people come together and have a real conversation, dialogue, and life experiences I want to do anything I can to create platforms to ensure people can have those life-changing experiences. I would also like to be known as inspirational, wise, and encouraging. I would like to hope that people are inspired by the things that I do for my own family and or the community in which I live. I love to assist in changing lives for the better.

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