Janette Gonzalez-Graham was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, shortly thereafter her father remarried and relocated to Baltimore, Maryland. Simultaneously, Janette’s father battled the legal system with immigration laws and criminal systems that past and presently has separated Janette from her biological family for over 17 years. Janette’s biological mother suffers from a heavy substance abuse addiction. Both parents recycle their time in and out of prison. Janette was neglected, abandoned, and constantly changing foster care facilities and shelters.
Janette was abruptly was relocated to grew up in Baltimore City. She was raised on Calvert Street then her entire adolescent in McCullough Homes public housing. She was bounced around and repeatedly, sexually abused/assaulted, drugged, and continuously exposed to violence. By the age of 19, Janette became a mother of two boys. She became a product of her environment from the results of living in an under-served community, faced with many social, education, cultural, financial and health disparities. She felt all the feelings of isolation with inequalities, as a woman of color, minority and a mother living in poverty. Janette gain access to a community-based organization that gave her a second chance at life. She was able to barely complete high school and obtain employment. Janette utilizes her coworkers turn mentors for the opportunity, to heal and grow as a productive member in the Baltimore community. These amazing individuals were a major integral part in her personal and professional development. Janette tragically recognized the gap between the community, the criminal and legal systems. Since then she has made it her responsibility to strengthen and increase outreach services. It continue with deep exposure in grant services include but not limited to grant programs around the city. The last four (4) years, Janette has freelanced grant management services and initiated pilot program of career coaching & business development with a proven record of success. She has helped 59 women with job placement, 23 youth improve in grades and apply for college, 20 men gain certified training (CDL, Info Sys, Home Improvement, & Security) that advance into these individuals to owning their own local businesses. She consulted other local nonprofit organizations with securing grant funding to continue in the work in Baltimore. She has a solid network, and easily connect to build new relationships quickly.
As the President of No Struggle No Success, Inc. (NSNS) Janette Graham, established the vision for transitioning youth and adults back into the community. She saw the essential power of mentorship. The positive effects displayed life skills navigating through life. As the leader of NSNS, she committed to fostering an environment that is built around community, positivity, and collaboration to support our reentry population to help them be successful. She delicately stacks authentic resources to share with other that desire to learn something new to improve their lives in a judgement free environment.
Janette has earned B.S. Information System, certifications in Life Skills Coach, Web-designing, Notary Public, HQL and CCW. She is currently pursing her grant professional certification. She has 20 years of experience working in Healthcare Administration and Information Technology the multiple sectors, including profit, public and corporate environments and interacting with volunteers and diverse boards. Implements high quality administrative, research and technology support skills. She has 10 years of experience grants management identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants process and cultivate strong and lasting partnerships with sponsors, community members, leaders, and public organizations.
Janette participates in several community outreach programs promoting public safety and health in the vulnerable populations. Janette is surrounded with blended love, her husband (Ernest Graham Jr) *, five sons, two daughters, and two fur babies (Maxx and Dallas). There is NO way she could live without her family's heart. [see picture photo credited location: Baltimore Zoo, RACE for our Kids, an annual hosted event by Life Bridge Health, Inc.
She eagerly awaits to see her son Jajyevoune again, he was committed to Dept of Juvenile Justice at the age of 13. He was charged as an adult at 15 years old. He is now 21 years old sitting in solitary confinement/administrative segregation unit, currently serving 10-year sentence in Hagerstown, MD. He is surrounded by career criminals and many broken souls. Janette and her son - yearns for FREEDOM, FAMILY & FINANCE. This is a live testimonial of the need to speak up ask question and LOUDLY say BLACK LIVES MATTER!
Author, Chris Papst, receives the inside scoop on how NSNS began it's journey. The essential need for quality education and hope that drives this mother and son.
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NSNS will serve 70+ youth per year. Mentorship to keep youth connected to quality education, healthy entertainment, health education, career opportunities and activities, summer program, sports, arts, poetry, dance, music, and community development.
Stanley current age 72.
Jajyevoune current age 20.
The Maryland General Assembly in April 2021 enacted the Juvenile Restoration Act (JRA). This Act allows people who have served at least 20 years of a sentence for a crime committed when they were under the age of 18 to file a motion asking the circuit court to reduce their sentence. Please visit: https://www.opd.state.md.us/decarceration-initiative
To request a prison mail out packet to assist with reentry services for anticipated release date, 8505/07/post convictions, parole hearing preparedness and essential home plans. Please call 443-961-5390, to speak to our Program Director.