The founder of No Struggle No Success Inc., Janette Graham, is a Cuban American woman who has a profound understanding of the challenges of prison life, as it has been ingrained in her experiences. While she hasn't personally served time in detention centers or prisons, her life has been marked by violence, drugs, sexual abuse, neglect, and challenges within a blended household. The impact of her parents' and guardians' incarceration created an environment leading to learning difficulties, juvenile offenses, substance abuse, suicidality, and risky sexual behavior.
By the age of 19, Janette became a teen parent twice, facing numerous social, educational, cultural, financial, racial, and health disparities. As a woman of color, a minority, and a mother living in poverty, she grappled with feelings of isolation and inequality. Janette found a transformative opportunity in a hospital-based community initiative program, which served as her second chance at life. Determined not to be defined by her parents' life or the trauma inflicted on her and her children, Janette completed her high school diploma and secured gainful employment in the healthcare industry.
With guidance from her employers and coworkers turned mentors, Janette embarked on a journey of personal and professional development. Now, as the President of No Struggle No Success, Inc. (NSNS), she envisions assisting transitioning youth and adults back into the community through mentorship. Recognizing the power of mentorship in displaying life skills, Janette is committed to fostering an environment built around community, positivity, and collaboration to support the reentry population in achieving success.
Janette has earned a B.S. in Information Systems and holds certifications in Life Skills Coaching, Web Designing, Notary Public, HQL, and CCW. With 20 years of experience in Healthcare Administration and Information Technology across various sectors, she interacts with volunteers and diverse boards. Janette excels in high-quality administrative, research, and technology support skills. With 14 years of experience in grants management, she has successfully identified and developed strategies to optimize the grants process, securing $2.3 million in awarded grant proposals over the past 6.5 years.
Engaging in several community outreach programs promoting public safety and health in vulnerable populations, Janette's latest projects focus on building prison reform for women and establishing direct reentry services specifically for women post-incarceration. Looking ahead, she plans to pursue academic goals to become a social worker, considering Morgan State University or Howard University. Janette remains humble and grateful to contribute to the reentry population.
In her personal life, Janette surrounds herself with her children, grandchildren, and fur-babies Blu (male pit-bull) and Will (male powderpuff feline). She values family, enjoys traveling, reading, and swimming.
At some point in our lives, we've all experienced moments we wish had never happened. Acting on impulses, displaying immaturity, and making poor decisions can alter the course of one's life in a matter of seconds. The question arises: when does the cycle of pain come to an end? It's evident that change is necessary.
No Struggle No Success (NSNS) advocates for a transformative approach by blending the experiences of incarcerated individuals with those who have walked in their shoes and those directly impacted by incarceration. The goal is to share the roadmap of a second chance at life, identifying and addressing barriers to eliminate the likelihood of reoffending.
NSNS aims to demonstrate that individuals have the capacity for change, maturity, and taking responsibility for their poor decision-making, acknowledging the impact on the lives that were affected. The organization strives to guide individuals through their trauma and help them emerge with a strong sense of accountability.