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 4 years, she has served in leadership positions with three major Non-Profit organizations in the St. Louis area while earning her Community Health Worker certification. SJ currently serves in the capacity of Lead Grant Writer for A.L.I.V.E. (Always Living In Victory Enterprises), and sits on the Grant Review Committee for FLOURISH/Generate Health.
In November 2020, SJ will launch her t-shirt line under the moniker, “Big Jizzel” , a book of affirmations titled, Business Affirmations for Bosses. In December 2020 she will release the accompaniment to the book of affirmations title, Business Planners for Bosses and will be a featured author in the book, Blacks in Nonprofits, Grant Writers Edition. In 2021 she will open R. Haley’s Haven, a Domestic Violence Safe Haven, in remembrance of her bonus baby, Rashauwn Haley.
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