SJ Stephens is a St. Louis native from the West side of St. Louis City by way of Berkeley. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (2007) and her Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (2009). In 2010 she joined and graduated from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Academy and served in the capacity of a St. Louis City, 7th District Officer.
Over time, she discovered that her heart was in providing direct service to those in need, and changed career paths. Over the past several years, she has served in leadership positions with three major Non-Profit organizations in the Greater St. Louis area while earning her Community Health Worker certification. SJ previously served as the Lead Grant Writer for A.L.I.V.E. (Always Living In Victory Enterprises), and currently sits on the Grant Review Committee for FLOURISH/Generate Health.
SJ Stephens has secured over $1 million dollars in grant funding for organizations and individuals across the county and successfully graduated 23 grant academy students.
In November 2020, SJ launched her t-shirt line under the moniker, “Big Jiz” and a book of affirmations titled, Business Affirmations for Bosses . In December of that same year, she was a featured author in the Amazon best selling book, Blacks in Nonprofits, Grant Writers Edition. In 2021 she launched her first set of blogs which have been viewed over 15,000 times and published one best selling Urban novel, The Uglier Side of The Truth and curated a two part series on healing through transparency titled The Anthology of US: Through Her Eyes and Through His Eyes.
In December 2021 she will launch her highly requested 12 week book writing academy.
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