PHELICIA JONES is a role model through her community and church related activities. Educated in the Bay Area, Phelicia has overcome family tragedies, having two sisters murdered, and has overcome substance abuse for which she served a 28 month prison term. She is giving back to her community by serving at-risk youth of both San Mateo and East Palo Alto in an effort to help the avoid the same pitfalls and to provide a sense of hope. Phelicia has worked with Twilight Basketball for youth, a crime prevention program, and she developed a self-esteem enhancing group for at-risk females called Sisters with Style. Phelicia developed and is currently Project Coordinator for San Mateo County’s NIA Mentoring Project which offers personal and professional leadership guidance in life-skills development for Africa-American youth between the ages of 12 to 18. After incarceration, Phelicia enrolled in CSM where she became involved in student government and community affairs. Maintaining a 3.75 GPA, she went to receive her BA and the highest award in the field of Sociology from the College of Notre Dame. Currently she is pursuing a Master’s at SF State and a Drug and Alcohol Certification. Phelicia inspires other African-American students and encourages them to stay focused on their goal.