Michele is a native of New Orleans. In 2010, Michele received her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University New Orleans. In 2011, she joined NOPLAY as a Literacy*AmeriCorps member where she served as transition coach. As transition coach, Michele aided NOPLAY graduates through the college enrollment process and entering the workforce. After completing her AmeriCorps term, Michele was hired as a part-time staff member in September 2012. In November 2013, Michele joined YEP as full-time staff.
70 percent of YEP’s staff members are born and raised in New Orleans and the vast majority grew up in the same neighborhoods that our youth live in. Our staff members’ personal understanding of the challenges that our young people face make them uniquely qualified to provide support to YEP youth.